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Ancient Pagan and Modern Christian Symbolism
by Thomas Inman, M.D. (1874)
Pagan and Christian symbolism

PLATE VIII

Is Devi, the same as Parvati, or Bhavani.

It is copied from Moor's Pantheon, plate xxx.

The goddess represents the feminine element in the universe.

Her forehead is marked by one of the symbols of the four creators, the triad, and the unit.

Her dress is covered with symbolic spots, and one foot peculiarly placed is marked by a circle having a dot in the interior.

The two bear the same signification as the Egyptian eye.

I am not able to define the symbolic import of the articles held in the lower hands. 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.

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