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THE BUDDHIST PRAYING WHEEL: A Collection of Material Bearing Upon the Symbolism of the Wheel and Circular Movements in Custom and Religious Ritual (London, 1896)

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THE BUDDHIST PRAYING WHEEL: A Collection of Material Bearing Upon the Symbolism of the Wheel and Circular Movements in Custom and Religious Ritual (London, 1896)

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THE BUDDHIST PRAYING WHEEL: A Collection of Material Bearing Upon the Symbolism of the Wheel and Circular Movements in Custom and Religious Ritual (London, 1896)

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Simpson, William. The Buddhist Praying Wheel, A Collection of Material Bearing Upon the Symbolism of the Wheel and Circular Movements in Custom and Religious Ritual. London: MacMillan and Co., 1896. 

No edition stated. Hardcover. Octavo. Maroon boards with blind stamped design to front, gilt titles to spine. Black and white frontispiece with tissue guard. 303 pages. 48 illustrations in text. Former owner’s small ownership label to front pastedown, small, faint rubber stamp number to front pastedown and bottom of title page (no other markings), light foxing to preliminaries, small area of discoloration to lower left of rear panel, mild corner bumps. A solid, very good copy. 

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Fascinating account of the prayer wheel used by the Lamas in Tibet. Includes information gathered by the author during his visits to Tibet in 1860 and 1861. In addition, Simpson discusses the ideas and symbolism of circular motion among the rites and rituals of other religions, with chapters on Japan, Egypt, the Zoroastrian System, the Greek and Roman Systems, the Wheel in Indian Buddhism, The Swastika, The Wheel as Amulet, the Wheel of Fortune, The God of the Wheel, the Wheel as Thunder, and much more.