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ANCIENT FAITHS EMBODIED IN ANCIENT NAMES; An Attempt to Trace the Religious Belief, Sacred Rites, and Holy Emblems of Certain Nations... 2 Volumes (London, 1872)

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ANCIENT FAITHS EMBODIED IN ANCIENT NAMES; An Attempt to Trace the Religious Belief, Sacred Rites, and Holy Emblems of Certain Nations... 2 Volumes (London, 1872)

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ANCIENT FAITHS EMBODIED IN ANCIENT NAMES; An Attempt to Trace the Religious Belief, Sacred Rites, and Holy Emblems of Certain Nations... 2 Volumes (London, 1872)

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Inman, Thomas. Ancient Faiths Embodied in Ancient Names; An Attempt to Trace the Religious Belief, Sacred Rites, and Holy Emblems of Certain Nations By an Interpretations of the Names Given Children By Priestly Authority, or Assumed By Prophets, Kings, and Hierarchs (Two Volumes). London: Trubner & Co., 1872.

Second edition, revised. Hardcover. Two Volume Set. Thick octavo. Bound in brown cloth with decorated panels stamped in gilt with ancient god figures to boards, gilt titles and figures to spine. Beveled edges. Volume I: [xviv],792 pages. Volume II: [xvi], 1028 pages. Illustrated with 12 Plates with numerous line drawings in text. Former owner's bookplate to front paste down. Paper split at hinges but binding still holding strong. There is wear to all corners and light edge wear to spine ends. Light areas of discoloration to the rear board of volume one. Many pages remain unopened, mostly in volume two. A VERY GOOD SET. Quite scarce.

 

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The title of this epic work is misleading. It is not a list of names of persons analyzed. It is more an encyclopedia of pagan and mystical symbols, types and forms of worship, gods, goddesses, divination systems, holy words, and more, from many ancient cultures. There is a very strong emphasis on the sexual nature of all emblems, symbolism and ritual, throughout the work. The author's vast research shows that he was very well acquainted with the languages and literatures of antiquity. He presents an immense amount of curious lore with regard to the sacred rites and ceremonies of ancient religions. The symbols, emblems and images which have served as representatives of Deity, and which have received worship from man, are shown to be much the same the world over. Inman traces these emblems, etc., through the Egyptian, Assyrian, Hebrew, Syrian, and other religions. A very odd work indeed.