The Lost Solar System of the Ancients Discovered, Volume 1

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Longman, Brown, Green, Longmans & Roberts., 1856 - Pyramids
 

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Page 159 - It has not been formed by digging, like those in Bengal, but by shutting up, with an artificial bank, an opening between two natural ridges of ground. The sheet of water...
Page 176 - As lasting records of those antient monarchs, whose names and titles are sculptured on them, they possess a high historical value, which is increased by the fact that some of the most remarkable of these venerable monuments now adorn the Roman capital. The Caesars seem to have vied with one another in transporting these enormous blocks from their native soil ; and since the revival of the study of antiquities in Rome, the most enlightened of her pontiffs have again erected those which had fallen...
Page 356 - Ghizeh and at Sakhara in Egypt ; the triangular pyramid of the Queen of the Scythians, Zarina, which was a stadium high and three in circumference, and which was decorated with a colossal figure ; the fourteen Etruscan pyramids, which are said to have been enclosed in the labyrinth of the king Porsenna, at Clusium ; were reared to serve as the sepulchres of the illustrious dead.
Page 137 - One of the most extraordinary parts of the attire of their females is a silver horn, sometimes studded with jewels, worn on the head in various positions, distinguishing their different conditions. A married woman has it affixed to the right side of the head, a widow on the left, and a virgin is pointed out by its being placed on the very crown : over this silver projection the long veil is thrown, with which they so completely conceal their faces, as rarely to have more than one eye visible.
Page 438 - As many days as in one year there be, So many windows in this church we see; As many marble pillars here appear As there are hours throughout the fleeting year; As many gates as moons one year does view — Strange tale to tell! yet not more strange than true.
Page 415 - Riippel remarks, must have fixed attention in all ages. From the wide plain there rises up, perpendicularly on all sides, a mass of sandstone nearly four hundred feet high, and about twenty-five minutes' walk in circuit. The unusual shape of this eminence must have become still further an object of curiosity from the phenomena with which it is connected. The clouds, attracted from...
Page 254 - ... its original purity. Several of the deities have been neglected, others have been substituted, the dead are worshipped, sects have been formed, monotheism is fallen, and the belief in a god who pardons sin, without the necessity of repentance, as well as the neglect of the Vedas, has become general. The Vedas assign four great periods (Yags) to the development of the world ; and to the Almighty the three great qualities; first of creation (Brahma); secondly, of preservation (Vishnoo); and, thirdly,...
Page 255 - Perfect truth; perfect happiness; without equal ; immortal; absolute unity; whom neither speech can describe, nor mind comprehend ; all-pervading ; all-transcending; delighted with his own boundless intelligence, not limited by space or time ; without feet, moving swiftly ; without hands, grasping all worlds ; without eyes...
Page 253 - They imagined he must have left these cares to powers which, although vastly inferior to himself, were incomparably superior to man in nature, and in the condition of their existence; and these they sought and found in the most glorious objects of the universe. Or, if the attributes of the Deity were to be typified — if the apprehensive faculties of man demanded more obvious symbols to convey ideas too abstract to be seized by the unassisted intellect, what more appropriate objects could have been...
Page 352 - ... Gothic vault, and similar vestiges have been found in several Egyptian edifices. An adit dug through the Teocalli of Cholula, to examine its internal structure, would be an interesting operation ; and it is singular, that the desire of discovering hidden treasure has not prompted the undertaking. — During my travels in Peru, in visiting the vast ruins of the city of Chimu, near Mansiche, I went into the...

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