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Short answer: Color signifies the property of the God's character. See this Mantra reference Long answer: Honestly, anything I write here would be a duplicate of this excellent answer on Hinduism.SE: Why are Hindu Gods colored?. I've made this answer community wiki as the content is not mine, so I don't deserve any rep from it. But at least this can be ...


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According to Wikipedia, "the only general mythographical handbook to survive from Greek antiquity was the Library of Pseudo-Apollodorus." Also good to note, the work is incomplete. There are three (known) books fallling under this umbrella. A portion of the third volume has been lost. This site shows the chapters by text ending at Thesus, similar to the ...


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As with anything in Hinduism, there is an overabundance of sources rather than a lack of one. Taking examples from just one text; Abirami Andhadhi, a poem on Abirami which is another name for Parvati (or Gauri, the consort of Shiva as mentioned in the other answer): The very first stanza of the poem describes the various similes to the red colour of the ...


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The term Anunnaki (alternate spellings: Anunnaku, Anunna, Anuna) is applied inconsistently, and the meaning appears to shift over time. It may be a term applied to a pantheon of the gods of the heavens and the underworld, or the term may be used to refer to the underworld gods only, or it may refer specifically to seven underworld judges, among others. The ...


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I know one for certain, the pre-adamite jinn in Islamic mythology. a Jinn is an invisible entity, created by God out of a "mixture of fire" or "smokeless fire", who roamed the earth before Adam. The community of the Jinn race were like those of humans, but then corruption and injustice among them increased and all warnings sent by God were ignored. ...


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In essence God is formless, colourless, He is in everything and everything is with in Him. ( Refer to stanza 24 in Phalashruti) He lives in everything ( Search for 'Vyasa Uvacha:- Vasanad Vasudevasya vasitham bhuvana trayam, Sarva bhutha nivasosi vasudeva namosthuthe. Sri Vasudeva namosthuthe om nama ithi') Vishnu Sahasranaam Stotra : This stotra is the ...


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It's Pausanias 9.12.1&2 (the section on Boetia): The Thebans in ancient days used to sacrifice bulls to Apollo of the Ashes. Once when the festival was being held, the hour of the sacrifice was near but those sent to fetch the bull had not arrived. And so, as a wagon happened to be near by, they sacrificed to the god one of the oxen, and ever since it ...


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The Sanskrit scriptures mentions the colour of the divine entities. Sri Hari was first golden colour, then white, then sky blue and dark. Siva is white Durga/Lalitha - red in colour (raktha varna) golden hued (swarn Ambika) Parvathy/Girija green in colour In essence God is formless, colourless, He is in everything and everything is with in Him. He lives ...


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Because the internet hold a great deal of misinformation and disinformation, for obscure mythologies your best bet is scholarly work. (Folklorists and academic researchers.) Books You'll want to look for books on the subjects. Be cognizant of the author and their background, and the time period of the work. (Older anthropological work may not be current ...


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Väinämöinen, in Finnish mythology, was the son of the Air Maiden, the creator goddess Ilmatar. Väinämöinen was born into a barren land where trees and plants had yet to grow, symbolizing the state of creation before the explosion of life (and the time after the glacial I’ve sheets receded in Northern Europe). He was a magical bard, not a god, but not ...


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A few suggestions: The Structural Study of Myth (Levi-Strauss, 1955) Patterns in Comparative Folklore (Eliade, 1948) Sacred Narrative: Readings in the Theory of Myth (University of California Press, 1984) Creation Myths of the World (Encyclopedia, Two Volume)


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Try "Goetia" instead of "Goethia". Roughly, it means the art of summoning angels, whether fallen or still elevated (though more commonly the former). The Ars Goetia is the first section of The Lesser Key of Solomon. Basically, it lists the demons (with various titles of nobility and royalty) supposedly captured and bound by Solomon. Crowley and another ...


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This falls under the the general field of Hermeneutics. Hermeneutics is the theory and methodology of interpretation, especially the interpretation of biblical texts, wisdom literature, and philosophical texts. This can be applied to any text, and even into non-textual forms (visual media, such as movies.) Essentially, it's the idea that content can ...


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It is quite well attested anciently. There is Book 9 Chapter 12 of Pausanias' Description of Greece (which you have already noted in your own Answer). Roughly contemporaneous with Pausanias is Apollodorus' Bibliotheka 3.4.1: When Telephassa died, Cadmus buried her, and after being hospitably received by the Thracians he came to Delphi to inquire ...


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I found an answer with regards to body colours of Lord Krishna here - http://www.iskcondesiretree.com/page/six-categories-of-avatars When He descends into the material world during different "yugas" or ages, He assumes 4 main colours. The Four yugas (Ages) come in cycles and are as follows: Satya yuga, lasting 1,728,000 years Treta yuga, lasting 1,296,000 ...


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I have struggled to find a taxonomy of special stones or gems that takes the modern approach like a reference book. Under luminous gemstones there are part mythical part story works of scholarship. I haven't read any of these [obvious] but to me : Bencao Gangmu was a medical book in China in the late 1500's. So from that wikipedia entry: Compendium of ...


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Surely the standard history applies: late antiquity sources, compiled in medieval encyclopedias, recycled since the Renaissance. Not being an expert I can just suggest some links Camillo Leonardi (1451 – 1550) Speculum lapidum. The mirror of stones (London : Printed for J. Freeman in Fleet-street, 1750) : In which the nature, generation, properties, ...


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A friend of mine wrote to me that this is probably a reference to "Jove" which is another name for the Roman god Jupiter.


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