Ancient Pagan and Modern Christian Symbolism with an Essay by Thomas Inman

By Thomas Inman

1915. Christians suppose that they have got a divine monopoly on fact. they don't. This booklet irrefutably indicates how a lot of Christianity's symbols are from a long way past ''pagan'' resources. This booklet doesn't disparage Christianity yet presents a connecting hyperlink for what has been a continual resource of symbolic wisdom passed right down to us from the ancients. various illustrations.

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114. Amongst the 4 Hebrews, and probably all the Shemitic tribes, bohen, the thumb, and ezba, the finger, were euphemisms. * The hand thus presented to the grove resembles a part of the Buddhist cross, and the shank of a key, whose signification is described in a subsequent page. Fig. 2 is a Buddhist emblem; the two fishes forming the circle represent the mystic yoni, the sacti of Mahadeva, while the triad above them represents the mystie trinity, the triune father, Siva, Bel, or Asher, united with Anu and Hea.

The androgyne creator. PLATE V. Is a copy of a mediæval Virgin and Child, as painted in Della Robbia ware in the South Kensington Museum, a copy of which was given to me by my friend, Mr. Newton, to whose kindness I am indehted for many illustrations of ancient Christian art. It represents the Virgin and Child precisely as she used to be represented in Egypt, in India, in Assyria, Babylonia, Phenicia, and Etruria; the accident of dress being of no mythological consequence. In the framework around the group, we recognise the triformed leaf, emblematic of Asher; the grapes, typical of Dionysus; the wheat ears, symbolic of Ceres, l’abricot fendu, the mark of womankind, and the pomegranate rimmon, which charac- 8 terises the teeming mother.

Hea, Anu, and Asher replace the parts referred to in Deut. xxiii. , replace the Jewish nekebah. The junction. of these parts is spoken of as Ashtoreth, Baalim, Elohim, the trinity and unity, the androgyne deity, the arba, or mystic four, and the like. I will only add, that what I refer to has long been known to almost every scholar except English ones. Of these a few are learned; but for a long period they have systematically refrained from speaking plainly, and have written in such a xxxii manner as to be guilty not only of suppressio veri but of suggestio falsi.

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