By Qiguang Zhao

ISBN-10: 0820417580

ISBN-13: 9780820417585

Few symbols saturate human civilization so greatly and carefully as these of the ever present and enigmatic dragon. This compelling publication examines, compares, and analyzes the looks and symbolization of the jap and Western dragons and treats them because the crystallization of human cultures. It exhibits that chinese language dragons resemble each other yet recommend diversified principles in several contexts, whereas Western dragons have various appearances yet usually denote a unmarried idea. As essentially the most awesome achievements of dragonology, this booklet bargains striking new insights into dragons as zoological «fact», mental archetypes, and ideological symbols.

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The under-world was the abode of the dead ; and daily which died on passing to the set, regions of the west, or Amenti, below the western horizon, to be born ao*aiii on the eastern horizon on the morrow. and the the sun, stars THE GODDESS In this we have the germ of NU-T. the Egyptian idea of im- mortality. Among the " other gods which Ra be mentioned are Chneniu, who was thought Moulder," attributes of may to possess some of the " ; represented with and Ptah, the Opener," who is at times and Nephthys, and then appears as Isis a form of Osiris.

THE TWO HORIZONS. TT is not only of the first importance for our subject, but of great interest in itself, to study problems with connected some horizon this of the astronomical worship, which in the previous chapter we have found to be common to the early peoples of India and Egypt. must be perfectly clear before we go further what We APPARENT MOVEMENT OF THE STARS TO AN OBSERVER AT THE NORTH POLE. this horizon really necessary. The horizon of is, any place view of the earth's and sky appear of and is this some diagrams are the circle which bounds our along which the land (or sea) We have to consider the relation surface, to meet.

It " brightness or light being one of the most general attributes shared by the various manifestations ; of the deity. dawn, fire, What were and storm. It is sunrise was, to those from The sun, the sky, the clear, in fact, from the Vedas that the deities whom ? " Sunrise it was that inspired the first prayers of our race, and called forth the first sacrificial in time, in the Here, for instance, is an extract from one of the Vrdus. "Will the sun rise again? Will our old friend the Dawn come back again ?

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