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British doctor and mythologist, Thomas Inman (1820-1876), is also the author of Ancient Faiths Embodied in Ancient Names as well as several books on hygiene. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 212 pages
  • Publisher: BiblioLife (May 26, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1110754264
  • ISBN-13: 978-1110754267
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Craig L. Howe on July 26, 2006
Format: Paperback
Thoughtful minds have long seized upon the idea of an unseen power.

Using fascinating ancient illustrations, Thomas Inman gently nudges his readers to the possibility of a wider meaning for many of their "religious" symbols well-written, rational and logical book. First published in 1869, the author of this book, an English doctor and mythologist, demonstrates to his largely Christian audience the links between their common religious symbols and those of the ancient civilizations of India, Babylonia, Greece, Rome, Assyria and Egypt.

In doing so, he introduces them to ideas that have permeated religious thought for thousands of years.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By miss chant on April 16, 2014
Format: Paperback
Dr. Inman didn't seem to understand that the fish symbolism he was referring to was representative of not the female aspect so much as symbolizing magic or a magician. This fish symbolism is used worldwide to give notice to something supernatural, magic (varying levels of it), or a magician (varying levels of the magician). This fish symbolism at times, was used in Mexico by Mayans to the Assyrians to mention a few cultures. Dr. Inman misunderstood this fish symbolism to be the odor of a woman; therefore it must be associated with that kind of stereotype. This misguided thinking was probably agreed upon also by his colleagues at the time.

Dr. Inman also misunderstands a variety of other symbols but this is understandable. He was not privy to certain resources we are able to access now; so he could use and to apply these resources to the type of work he so carefully documented. I believe he was innocently misled by himself or others into imagining or thinking certain prejudices which was revealed in his viewpoints throughout his book. One example of this is his not considering Mary and baby Jesus figures in all black were possibly of Egyptian origin hence the color of their skin. This is not to say this is necessarily correct, but it isn't beyond the elementary realm of possibility regarding the history of these types of symbols all across Europe that he would come across inevitably. Dr. Inman would not cross these kinds of thresholds of possibilities, instead surmising there was no answer to this kind of mystery and would leave it at that. I have no issues with this personally but wanted to point out how Dr.
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