By Thomas Inman
1915. Christians consider that they've a divine monopoly on fact. they don't. This e-book irrefutably exhibits how a lot of Christianity's symbols are from a ways previous ''pagan'' resources. This booklet doesn't disparage Christianity yet presents a connecting hyperlink for what has been a continuing resource of symbolic wisdom passed right down to us from the ancients. a number of illustrations.
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In Spartan days, chastity and honesty were not virtues, but drunkenness was a vice. In Christian England, drunkenness is general, and we cannot pride ourselves upon universal honesty and chastity. It is not the national belief, but the national practice, which evidences a people’s worth. Spain and Ireland, called respectively “Catholic” and “the land of saints,” cannot boast of equality with “infidel” France and “free-thinking” Prussia. England will be as earnest, as upright, and as civilised, when she has abandoned the heathen elements in her religion, as when she hugs them as if necessary to her spiritual welfare.
Resting at the top of the cross is a bird, like a game cock, ornamented by a necklace. The male in this and the other sculptures is beardless, and that women are depicted, can only be guessed at by the inferior size of some of the figures. It would be unprofitable to carry the description further. Figs. 11, 12 are from vol. , plates xix. and xxiii. of a remarkably interesting work, Récherches sur l’origine, l’esprit, et les progès des Arts de la Grèce, said to be written by D’Harcanville, published at London, 1785.
The cross we have elsewhere described as being a compound male emblem, whilst the crescent symbolises the female element in creation. Figure 15 is from D’Harcanville, op. , vol. , plate xxiii. It resembles Figure 11, supra, and enables us by the introduction, of the sun and moon to verify the deduction drawn from the arrangement of the serpent’s coils. If the snake’s body, instead of being curved above the 8 like tail, were straight, it would simply indicate the linga and the sun; the bend in its neck, however, indicates the yoni and the moon.