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ORIGIN OF PAGAN IDOLATRY

ASCERTAINED FROM

HISTORICAL TESTIMONY

AND

CIRCUMSTANTIAL EVIDENCE.

BY GEORGE STANLEY FABER, B. D.

RECTOR OF LONG-NEWTON.

Every reasonable Hypothesis should be supported on a fact.

WARBURTON'S Dix. Leg. vol. V. p. 458.

THREE VOLUMES.

VOL. III.

London:

Printed by R. and R. Gilbert, St. John's Square, Clerkenwell,
FOR F. C. AND J. RIVINGTON;

ST. PAUL'S CHURCH YARD.

1816.

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VOLUME III.

BOOK V.

CHAPTER I.

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Concerning the identity and lunari-terrene character of the great

goddesses of the Gentiles

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I. ALL the principal goddesses resolve themselves into one: and that one is

equally the Earth and the Moon
II. Exemplification of this point from the testimonies of the old mythologists
III. The Moon and the Earth mystically identified

ib.

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CHAPTER II.

Respecting certain remarkable opinions, which the Gentiles enter

tained of the Moon and the Earth

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I. The Moon was compared to a ship, and was described as floating on the

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ib.

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4. Navicular character of the Celtic Ceridwen

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5. Navicular character of the classical Ceres

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6. Navicular character of the Phrygian Cybele

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7. Navicular character of the classical Hera or Juno

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8. Navicular character of the Syrian Semiramis

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9. Navicular character of the classical Iris

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10. Navicular character of the Phenician Astoreth

ib.
II. The great mother is equally proved to be a ship by the symbols, under
which she was represented

ib.

1. The sea-fish, the egg, the navicular cup, and the lunette

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2. The floating lunar island

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3. The lotos

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IU. The whole history of the great mother corresponds with her navicular cha-

racter, and proves her to be the Ark

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1. The Ark at sea

ib.

(1.) The committing of the Ark to the ocean

ib.

(2.) Its remaining in the great deep

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(3.) Its figurative birth out of the deluge

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2. The Ark born out of the deluge on the top of a lofty hill

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3. The Ark was the universal mother of the hero-gods and of the whole

world

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4. The members of the Noëtic family and the rudiments of the new world

were born from a door in the side of the Ark

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5. The Ark, previous to its appulse, was in an erratic state

ib.

6. The Ark afforded safety to one family, but appeared as the genius of de-

struction to all the rest of mankind

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IV. The great mother viewed as the female regent of Hades

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1. Ground of the opinion

ib.

2. Exemplification of it

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3. Its influence upon language

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4. The death and revival of the great father -

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.V. The human character of the great mother

ib.

1. Proof of the position

ib.

2. The self-triplication of the great mother

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3. Her buman character is sometimes literally declared

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