isis unveiled: chapter xiv (ancient mysteries)

"The Teraphim of Abram's father, Terah, the "maker of images", were the Kabeiri gods, and we see them worshipped by Micah, by the Danites, and others. Teraphim were identical with the seraphim, and these were serpent-images, the origin of which is in the Sanscrit sarpa (the serpent), a symbol sacred to all the deities as [...]

isis unveiled: chapter xiv (ancient mysteries)

"If the language of Palestine became in time Semitic, it is because of Assyrian influence; for Phoenicia had become a dependency as early as the days of Hiram, and the Phoenicians evidently changed their language from Hamitic to Semitic. Assyria was "the land of Nimrod" (from Nimr, spotted), and Nimrod was Bacchus, with his spotted [...]

isis unveiled: chapter xiv (ancient mysteries)

"The first thing to settle, is to find out who were the Israelites themselves; and that is the most vital question. Many historians seem to claim, with good reason, that the Jews were similar or identical with the ancient Phoenicians, but the Phoenicians were beyond any doubt an Ethiopian race; moreover, the present race of [...]

isis unveiled: chapter xiv (ancient mysteries)

"If Nagkon-Wat is essentially a Buddhist temple, how comes it to have on its walls basso-relievos of completely an Assyrian character; and Kabeirian gods which, though universally worshipped as the most ancient of the Asiatic mystery-gods, had already been abandoned 200 years B.C., and the Samothracian mysteries themselves completely altered? Whence the popular tradition concerning [...]

isis unveiled: chapter xiv (ancient mysteries)

"When Stephens asked the native Indians "Who built Copan? What nation traced the hieroglyphic designs, sculptured these elegant figures and carvings, these emblematical designs?" The dull answer he received was "Quien sabe?" - who knows! "All is mystery; dark, impenetrable mystery", writes Stephens. "In Egypt, the colossal skeletons of gigantic temples stand in all the [...]

isis unveiled: chapter xiv (ancient mysteries)

""Passing, we ascend a platform...and enter the temple itself through a columned portico, the facade of which is beautifully carved in basso-relievo with ancient mythological subjects. From this doorway, on either side, runs a corridor with a double row of columns, cut - base and capital - from single blocks, with a double, oval-shaped roof, [...]