Four Rivers - seemed to develop independently in different...

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Four Rivers Four rivers are mentioned in the Old Testament, Gen 2, 10: " And a river went out of Eden . .. and parted . .. into four heads. The . . . first [is] Pison ... which compasses the whole land of Havilah . .. the second [is] Gihon ... that compasses the whole land of Ethiopia . .. the third [is] Hiddekel . .. that goes toward the east of Assyria . .. and the fourth [is] Euphrates that goes eastward to Assyria. " Four Rivers of Hell Slide 4-28: Aeneas and the Sibyl enter Charon's boat. Hamilton, Edith. Mythology. NY: Mentor, 1942, p. 227 The four rivers of Hades , Acheron, Styx, Phlegethon, and Cocytus, are not from the Old Testament, but play an important role in Plato's Phaedo , Dante's Inferno. and Virgil's Aeneid. In this picture, Aeneas and the Sibyl enter Charon's boat to cross at the junction of the Acheron and the Cocytus. Astrological Numbers
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Slide 4-21: Phases of the Moon "Maps of Heavens." The British Library Another major source of number symbolism is Astrology, an ancient practice that
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Unformatted text preview: seemed to develop independently in different civilizations. The Chaldeans, who lived in Babylonia (now Iraq), developed astrology as early as 3000 B.C.E., and the Chinese were practicing astrology by 2000 BC. Astrology was known in ancient India and by the Maya of Central America. By the 500s BC, astrology had spread to Greece, where Pythagoras and Plato used it into their study of religion and astronomy. It is certainly clear that certain astronomical bodies, particularly the sun, affected the change of seasons and the success of crops. So its not a big leap to assume that the movements of other bodies such as the planets affected or represented additional aspects of life. They also gave our notions of time, from the daily cycle of night and day, the lunar cycle of 28 days, giving the month, subdivided into the four phases of the moon, and the yearly cycle of 12 lunar cycles or about 360 daily cycles....
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