Thomas Inman's Ancient Pagan and Modern Christian Symbolism with an Essay PDF

By Thomas Inman

1915. Christians consider that they've a divine monopoly on fact. they don't. This ebook irrefutably exhibits how a lot of Christianity's symbols are from some distance previous ''pagan'' assets. This booklet doesn't disparage Christianity yet offers a connecting hyperlink for what has been a continuing resource of symbolic wisdom passed right down to us from the ancients. various illustrations.

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These matters are apparently of small importance, but, when one is studying the signification of symbolical language, he has to pay as close an attention, and extend the net of observation over as wide a sea as a scholar does when endeavouring to decipher some language written in long- xxxix forgotten characters, and some divergence of opinion between independent observers sharpens the intellect more than it tries the temper. PAGAN AND CHRISTIAN SYMBOLISM. ——— PLATE I. This is taken from a photograph of a small bronze image in the Meyer collection of the Free Museum, in Liverpool.

My very ingenions friend, Mr. Newton, suggests that the Venus in question was androgyne; that the cone is a male emblem, within a door, gateway, or delta, thus resembling the Assyrian grove. It is certain that the serpents, the two stars, and the two candelabra, or altars with flame, favour his idea. Fig. 5 represents the position of the hands assumed by Jewish priests wben they give the benediction to their flock. It will be recognised that each hand separately indicates the trinity, wbilst the junction of the two indicates the unit.

The Greeks also gave to Eros a pair of wings, intended, it is fancied, to represent the flutterings of the heart, produced when lovers meet or even think of each other. Such a subordinate deity would be in place amongst so many sexual emblems as Plate iv. Fig. 3 contains, whilst a kakodæmon would be a “spoil sport,” and would make the erected serpents drop rather than remain in their glory. These matters are apparently of small importance, but, when one is studying the signification of symbolical language, he has to pay as close an attention, and extend the net of observation over as wide a sea as a scholar does when endeavouring to decipher some language written in long- xxxix forgotten characters, and some divergence of opinion between independent observers sharpens the intellect more than it tries the temper.

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