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The call for which has sprung up for this paintings has triggered the writer to make it extra entire than it used to be initially. however it couldn't be made ideal with out being increased right into a quantity whose measurement will be incompatible with cheapness. while each determine would provide a textual content for an extended discourse, a detailed consciousness is needed lest an outline can be constructed right into a dissertation. during this paintings, the writer is obliged to restrict himself to the reason of symbols, and can't release out into old and smooth faiths, other than in as far as they're typified by way of sure traditional indicators.

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Elle porte par devant, sur une bande perpendiculaire, un légende en caractères Syriaques tres anciens (Cabinet de M. ” I can find no clue to the signification of the inscription. It would seem paradoxical to say that there is something in common between the bull-headed deity and Oannes. It is so, nevertheless. One indicates, par excellence, physical, and the other sexual, power. That Oannes may, for the Assyrians, represent a man who played a part with them similar to that of Penn among the Indians of Pennsylvania, I do not deny; but, when we find a similar fish-god in Philistia and Hindostan, and know that Crishna 3 once appeared as a fish, the explanation does not suffice.

Hence it will be found that there are points which are referred to by us both, although possibly in differing relationship. As my own part of the following remarks were printed long before I saw Mr. Newton’s manuscript, I hope to be pardoned for allowing them to stand. The bulk of the volume will not be increased to the extent of a full page. If I were to be asked the reason why I differ from Mr. Newton in his exalted idea about the adoption of certain bodily organs as types, tokens, or emblems of an unseen and an inscrutable Creator, my answer wonld be drawn from the observations made upon every known order of priesthood, from the most remote antiquity to the present time.

The first two illustrate the story of Palemon and Cetus, introducing the dolphin. The fish is symbolic of the female, in consequence of the assonance in Greek between its name and that of the womb, delphis and delphus. The tree symbolises the arbor vitæ, the life-giving sprout; and the ark is a symbol of the womb. The third figure, where a man rests upon a rock and dolphin, and toys with a mother and child, is equally suggestive. The male is repeatedly characterised as a rock, hermes, menhir, tolmen, or upright stone, the female by the dolphin or fish.

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