By Thomas Inman
1915. Christians suppose that they've a divine monopoly on fact. they don't. This publication irrefutably indicates how a lot of Christianity's symbols are from some distance prior ''pagan'' assets. This publication doesn't disparage Christianity yet offers a connecting hyperlink for what has been a continuing resource of symbolic wisdom passed all the way down to us from the ancients. a number of illustrations.
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It is the reverse of a bronze coin of Vespasian, struck in the 6 island of Cyprus, and represents the conical stone, under whose form Venus was worshipped at Paphos, of which Tacitus remarks, Hist. , c. 3, “the statue bears no resemblance to the human form, but is round, broad at one end and gradually tapering at the other, like a goal. ” It is remarkable that a male emblem should be said to represent Venus, but the stone was an aërolite, like that which fell at Ephesus, and was said to represent Diana.
Figs. 2, 3, are from Pugin, plate xiv. In figure 2, the two covered balls at the base of each limb of the cross are extremely significant, and if the artist had not mystified the free end, the most obtuse worshipper must have recognised the symbol. We may add here that in the two forms of the Maltese cross, the position of the lingam is reversed, and the egg-shaped bodies, with their cover, are at the free end of each limb, whilst the natural end of the organ is left unchanged. See figs. 35 and 36.
17. Athanasius tells us something of this as regards the Phœnicians, for he says, (Oratio Contr. , p. , c. iii. p. 8—and notices that an enormous number of women were consecrated to the use of worshippers in the temple of Venus at Corinth. Such women exist in India, and the priests of certain temples do everything in their power to select the loveliest of the sex, and to educate them so highly as to be attractive. xxxiii The customs which existed in other places seem to have been known in Jerusalem, as we find in 1 Kings xiv.