By M.D., By Thomas Inman

The call for which has sprung up for this paintings has caused the writer to make it extra entire than it was once initially. however it couldn't be made ideal with out being elevated right into a quantity whose measurement will be incompatible with cheapness. while each determine would offer a textual content for a protracted discourse, an in depth realization 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 historic and sleek faiths, other than in as far as they're typified by means of definite traditional indicators.

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My readers must not now assert that I am either a partisan or a special pleader when I say this; they must consider that I am making the comparison as man by man. I do not, as missionaries do, compare the most vicious Mahomedan and Brahmin with the most exemplary Christian; nor do I, on the other hand, compare the best Ottoman and Indian with Christian criminals; but I take the whole in a mass, and assert that there is as large a per centage of good folks in India and Turkey as there is in Spain and France, England or America.

Moor considers that they represent scrolls of paper, but this I doubt. The raised hands bear the unopened lotus flower, and the goddess sits upon another. PLATE IX. Consists of six figures, copied from Maurice’s Indian Antiquities, vol. , p. 273, and two from Bryant’s Mythology, vol. , third edition, pp. 203 and 409. All are symbolic of the idea of the male triad: a central figure, erect, and rising above the other two. In one an altar and fire indicate, mystically, the linga; in another, the same is pourtrayed as 10 a man, as Mahadeva always is; in another, there is a tree stump and serpent, to indicate the same idea.

We find, for example, in vol. , par. F. A. David (Paris, 1785), draped female, wearing on her breast a half moon and mural crown, holding her hands over the middle spot of the body, so as to form a “lozenge” with the forefingers and thumbs. The triad in this figure is very distinct; and we may add that a trinity expressed by three balls or three circles is to be met with in the remotest times and in most distant countries. Figs. 7, 8, 9 and 10 are copied from Cabrera’s account of an ancient city discovered near Palernue, in Guatemala, Spanish America (London, 1822).

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