THE PAGAN ROOTS OF JESUS AND THE VIRGIN-MOTHER
(1) Nor is it difficult to see how out of the discreet use of such words and images, combined with elementary forms like the square, the triangle and the circle, and elementary numbers like 3, 4, 5, etc., quite a science, so to speak, of Magic arose.
(1) See Pausanias iv. 32. 6; and Lucian, De Syria Dea, 49.
(1) Probably the long period (nine months) elapsing between cohabitation and childbirth confused early speculation on the subject. Then clearly cohabitation was NOT always followed by childbirth. And, more important still, the number of virgins of a mature age in primitive societies was so very minute that the fact of their childlessness attracted no attention—whereas in OUR societies the sterility of the whole class is patent to everyone.
(1) For this interpretation of the word Andromeda see The Perfect Way by Edward Maitland, preface to First Edition, 1881.
(2) Contra Jovian, Book I; and quoted by Rhys Davids in his Buddhisim.
(3) See Doane's Bible Myths, p. 332, and Dupuis' Origins of Religious Beliefs.
(1) R. P. Knight's Ancient Art and Mythology, p. 21.
(2) See Kingsborough's Mexican Antiquities, vol. vi, p. 176, where it is said "an ambassador was sent from heaven on an embassy to a Virgin of Tulan, called Chimalman... announcing that it was the will of the God that she should conceive a son; and having delivered her the message he rose and left the house; and as soon as he had left it she conceived a son, without connection with man, who was called Quetzalcoat, who they say is the god of air." Further, it is explained that Quetzalcoatl sacrificed himself, drawing forth his own blood with thorns; and that the word Quetzalcoatlotopitzin means "our well-beloved son."
(3) Doane, p. 327.
(4) See Inman's Pagan and Christian Symbolism, p. 27.
(1) See illustration, p. 30, in Inman's Pagan and Christian Symbolism.
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