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By M.D., By Thomas Inman

The call for which has sprung up for this paintings has triggered the writer to make it extra entire than it was once initially. however it couldn't be made excellent with no being multiplied right into a quantity whose dimension will be incompatible with cheapness. while each determine would provide a textual content for a protracted discourse, a detailed cognizance is needed lest an outline could 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 means of yes traditional indicators.

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1 the pillar cannot be looked upon as an aparture. Fig. 3 is a Hindoo sectarial mark, copied from. Moor’s Hindu Pantheon, and is one out of many. indicating the union of the male and female. Fig. 4 is emblematic of the virgin and child. It identifies the two with the crescent. It is singular that some designers should unite the moon with the solar symbol, and others with the virgin. We believe that the first indicate ideas like that associated with Baalim, and Ashtaroth in the plural, the second that of Astarte or Venus in the singular.

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.

Another small point of difference between my friend and me is, whether there bas been at any time a figured representation of a kakodæmon—except since the beginning of Christianity—and if, by way of stretching a point, we call Typhon—Satan or the Devil—by this name, as being opposed to the Agathodæmon, whether we are justified. in providing this evil genius with wings. As far as I can judge from Chaldean and Assyrian sculptures, wings were given to the lesser deities as our artists assign them to modern angels.

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