Friday, February 23, 2007

Ujjain Coins, India

Dr. Manoshi Bhattacharya wrote a brilliant “cross-cultural reference” titled The Sacred Bride where he presents the history of the the concept of the Sacred Bride and the Sacred Marriage:
The ancient thinking of the Indus Valley Civilization, placed the male and female principles as equals. The male principle, Shiva or D united with the female, Shakti or Ñ to form the Y hexagram or mandala. The hexagram was a symbol of the Sacred Marriage.
The earliest evidence of this symbol was found among coins from the excavation of the city of Ujjain in India. The coins have been dated to be 2000 - 3000 years old. These coins came into the possession of Colonel James Tod, the Political Agent to the Western Rajput States of India in the early 1800s.

I recommend reading this masterpiece till the end…


Inside the 12th century C.E. Beta Maryam church at Lalibela, Ethiopia, on an arch, there is a Hexagram around a Maltese-style cross. 
Picture is courtesy of mszmpkb from Flickr.

Qutub Minar

Hexagrams appear in a  South Delhi, India Muslim stone grid at the 72.5 meters Qutab Minar, which  is the tallest brick minaret in the world. Date: 1193.
Picture is courtesy of "liketearsintherain" from Flickr

Star of David at Qtub Minar

Picture is courtesy of "chaostrophy" from Flickr