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What is the meaning of the star symbols appearing on seal VA 243?

My name is Emerson C Velloso, and this is my archaeoastronomical contribution to Professor Michael S Heiser: The man seated is Ninurta, He's not only the God of the Farmers and Plow, He is also the ...
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Does Hercules have a tail?

It was a trophy. A Nemean Lion's Tail. It was the 1st labor of Hercules- it was Hercules' first great deed. The first of Hercules' labors was to kill the Nemean lion. Hesiod, in his Theogony, wrote ...
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Which god holds a shepherd's crook?

Amurru, an Amorite deity often referred to as a storm-god, is depicted on ancient cylinder seals carrying a curved object called, in Akkadian, a gamlu, which is generally interpreted as a shepherd's ...
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What is the symbolism behind Psyche's tasks?

The beautiful mind (soul) only finds pleasure (happiness) in unconditional love (heart). The heart (unconditional love) likewise only finds happiness (pleasure) in the soul (beautiful mind). ...
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Why is the staff of medicine symbolised by Hermes's staff, Caduceus?

Indeed it should be, and quite often is. Most academic institutions and medical journals get it right, for instance, as well as most organizations overall outside the USA. Some notable examples: ...
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What was the symbolism behind Tantalus's punishment?

There are two main reasons attributed to Tantalus's punishment, sources from theoi.com: He was invited to Olympus by Zeus, ate the food of the gods (ambrosia and nectar), and was given divine secrets,...
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Why is Lucifer three-faced?

Why is the Devil also known as Lucifer (and other names) three-faced? To understand this symbolic meaning of Dante in his Canto XXXIV, we have to have a basic understanding of the beliefs of the ...
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Which god holds a shepherd's crook?

Thalia, the Greek muse of comedy, is also often seen holding a shepherd's crook, as in this picture. As DisturbedNeo said, in Egyptian mythology it (along with a flail) is held by pharaohs as symbols ...
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Which god holds a shepherd's crook?

The Egyptian God Osiris is generally depicted holding a Shephard's Crook. It is also held by Pharaoh's as proof of their right of kingship.
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What is the meaning of this rune/symbol?

The symbol is a form of a the triquetra, a sort of loop with three "leaves". It's close in form to the triskelion, which is a sort of spiral with three symmetrical heads. Those are just general names ...
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Anyone know what this symbol means?

Looks like the Adinkra "Aya" (fern) symbol: Adinkra is not Egyptian, though. It originates from the Ashanti and Baoulé peoples, in the neighborhood of Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire (respectively).
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Why is Lucifer three-faced?

It's worth looking further down Canto XXXIV (I'm using a slightly different translation) to see just who is stuffed into Lucifer's mouths: "That upper spirit, Who hath worst punishment," so spake ...
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What is this symbol on my necklace?

This is the dove with a halo, as a christian symbol for the Holy Spirit or the soul. The colour red is associated with the blood of Christ and with the Holy Spirit. The fact that you bought it in ...
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What is the origin of the male order and female chaos trope?

My understanding is that this is more of an observation Peterson claims to have identified in ancient literature. I'm not really sure how much of a trope it really is, but if we suppose that this ...
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What is the meaning of the star symbols appearing on seal VA 243?

Something I never see mentioned concerning this seal and the "solar system" is why only including Pluto makes no sense. Since you can't see all the planets with the naked eye, I believe the idea is ...
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What is the symbolism behind Psyche's tasks?

I see the stages of spiritual awakening reflected in each labor: Stage I: Labor of Sorting Seeds - Beginning. Journey of intentionally creating internal order through disciplined action with an aim. ...
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What is the significance of the three stars in Ruben's Saturn painting?

I'm afraid the stars do not have mythological significance. According to the listing for the painting on the Prado Museum website, the stars are probably the planet Saturn, whose rings were believed ...
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What do the four living creatures represent?

They represent the Tetramorph, the 4 classical elements in the West. More info: A tetramorph is a symbolic arrangement of four differing elements, or the combination of four disparate elements in ...
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Why is Dante using Geryon as a symbol of fraud?

Translator-poet John Ciardi (Dante, The Inferno, Signet Classics, 2001, p. 139) offers the following annotation: GERYON. A mythical king of Spain represented as a giant with three heads and three ...
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What culture does this duality symbol belong to?

I don't think it would be possible to know for certain unless we ask the artist who drew it, but the symbol looks like a very simplified version of the Chinese taijitu, the "yin and yang symbol":
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What deities/creatures personify the universe in the aspect that it manifests as varied duplexity (that serve the same symbolic function as Yin/Yang)?

Dionysus is a great place to start—Baphomet is almost surely based, in part, on this figure. Dionysus is sometimes depicted as the "horned god", encompassing the human/animal binary. Dionysus the "...
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Did the ancient Egyptians worship Cats and Dogs deities at the same period?

Dog and Cat deities were worshiped together as early as the Second Dynasty (2890 BCE) in the forms of Anubis and Bastet, but the recorded worship of Anubis dates back to even the First Dynasty (3100 ...
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Are forests and trees considered self sufficient and self reliant? Or is there any lore on caretakers of the forests?

Well, I know that with the Ancient Celts the tree of life was a big thing to their culture, to the extent they believed they were trees, or came from trees. They saw them as the symbol for balance, ...
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Are forests and trees considered self sufficient and self reliant? Or is there any lore on caretakers of the forests?

To the ancient Celts, certain trees, especially the oak, ash and thorn, held special significance. To the Celts, Druids and many other peoples of the old world, certain trees held special ...
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Are there any examples of gods or people boasting of their ability to engage in multiple acts of sex in succession?

Heracles is said to have had intercourse with the 50 daughters of Thespius or Thestius in one night, all of whom bore him sons (Diodorus Siculus, Library 4.29.3) In another version, one daughter ...
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What bird species is associated with Pallas Athēnē?

The animal that is commonly associated with Athena is the γλαῦξ (glaux), which is often translated simply as 'owl', but actually refers specifically to the Athene noctua. See for example the γλαῦξ ...
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Why do snake (serpent) and bull often come together as symbols of deities?

This is only a partial and working answer until I can look into Cerunnos, Veles, and Shiva. My first inclination is that this is a case of the Texas sharpshooter fallacy. These four gods have ...
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What are some examples of snakes as a source of knowledge in Greek mythology?

Melampus He told his servants to not kill two snakes, and he in turn learned the language of the Animals. When Melampus lived with Neleus, he dwelt outside the town of Pylos, and before his house ...
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What is the meaning of the star symbols appearing on seal VA 243?

Apparently, either my research jiu-jitsu is flawed, or the first cylinder is a forgery. First of all, it does not resemble any of the Cuneiform writings that are historically known, secondarily there ...
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