Threesology Research Journal
In The Beginning...2
Religion, Mythology, Metaphysics

(The Study of Threes)
http://threesology.org


3 different types of "crosses" have been argued about concerning Jesus' crucifixion:

3 different crosses of Jesus' crucifixion


Jewish symbol of demons

I label the typical (modern day) cross form as a tri-cross, because it gives the impression of a 3-pronged trident. (It is interesting to compare this notion of a "trident" impression with the trident-looking bird's-foot image on the right that is being used by some Jewish writers as a symbol of demons.)


While the last (tri-cross) example has been illustrated in a variety of ways depending on the artist and culture, I have used a simple form for the purpose of referencing a clear view of another 1 - 2 - 3 pattern that many people are aware of on individual terms, but have not placed each of them together as a collective representation of an underlying cognitive pattern. While some would argue that Jesus was tied to the stake instead of being nailed, the fact still remains that we have 3 colloquial views of the quantity of nails being used:


  1. Stake- one nail was used to bind the hands, though some might want to argue that two nails could have been used...one for the hands and one for the feet.

  2. X-cross- two nails were used to bind the hands, though some might want to argue that each hand and foot could have had a separate nail.

  3. Tri-cross- predominant view is that three nails were used, one each for the hands and a single one for both feet.


y-shaped cross

The "Y" cross example might be viewed as a variation of the (culturally/environmentally- specific) 2-branched type transitioning into a 3-branched" variety with either a cross-beam (as shown) or simply the head of Jesus figuratively viewed as the third (and middle) branch, just as he is often portrayed in artwork as being in the middle of two others who are being crucified, thus in another interpretation, each of the three can be seen as a single branch having its own (interconnected) root-variety of lookers-on while they died. (A three-lane highway of lookers-on at a traffic accident can be symbolically thought of as three interconnected roots (or branches). As an aside note, the middle child in the family is commonly viewed as the revolutionary though the label of rebel may be used as a term of trying to discredit them by those who want to keep everything as it is in a way they may call "traditional," as if this word is supposed to convey something good, better, best.


Y-cross image source:
--- Through Nomadic Eyes ---
http://www.wischik.com/irene/cross/

In providing examples of the "three" in religion, I am not trying to make a religiously-preferenced point that advocates one religious view over another, but a point about human cognition that uses various themes in which to present the same pattern over and over and over again, and that this usage is linked to an environmentally influenced genetically- predisposed development in consciousness. This development in consciousness is no doubt linked to the various forms of oral history we encounter in different cultures.


This is an important consideration because many people rightly note that there is no biblical reference to the usage of three nails, there is only an ongoing word-of-mouth transference that becomes adopted as a generally accepted reference of collective opinion that illustrates a widespread mindset. In other words, many people choose to repeat the notion of three nails being used instead of some other quantity. They don't say seven nails were used, nor five, nor four, nor two, etc... Hence, the "Three" has a point of origin and necessity for reappearing in the orally transmitted views of people...and thus portrays an example of an aspect of mental functioning of many people. Likewise, there is a continual orally transmitted tradition of saying that Christ had dropped the cross three times, even though there are no biblical references to the quantity of times the cross was actually dropped, how many nails were used, nor what type of cross was actually used. The point to be made is that there is a repeated reference to the quantity of "three."




Norse god Odin
Norse god Odin
Jesus on a cross (2K)
Jesus
Promometheus chained to a rock (9K)
Prometheus

On which side were either Odin or Christ stabbed? I don't know. I simply placed both stabbings on the same side as a means of continuity in viewing the two together in order to make the comparison a little easier for some observers. The biblical reference of John 19:34 gives an account of blood and water, but it doesn't say which side he was stabbed on. And neither does it say that Christ was stabbed in the heart, as is told by some interpretations. The presence of water might give the impression he was stabbed in the stomach (suggesting that he did in fact take a drink at some time) which indicates he was stabbed on the left side. We might even consider the bleeding of Prometheus on the rock as a symbolic extension of this same male sacrificial figure.


Odin image source:
--- The Speech of The High One ---
http://www.urd.nu/urdnorn/mythology/speech.html

Christ image source:
--- History of The Cross ---
http://www.oloswestriver.org/cross_history.htm

As seen in the above images, another correlation to the idea of Christ dying and being stuck with a spear on the (elongated plus-sign) style of cross seen as the third type in the foregoing three examples, is the Norse story of Odin (Wodin) having been sacrificed on the three-branched Yggdrasil tree and having had a spear stuck in him. While some people conclude that the ideas surrounding the Yggdrasil tree are merely a variation of the Christian ideas of Jesus from a pagan perspective, little reference has been paid to consideration of how the idea of the Yggdrasil's three roots came about. Attempting to put my world-view into the frame of mind shared in the ancient Norse culture where demons, giants, dwarfs, angry gods, etc., were as often discussed as are present day topics on (combatant) sports, (make-believe) movies and (contrived "reality") television programs, I came up with the idea of the three roots of the Yggdrasil tree having been influenced by the shadow of the cross:


yggdrasil tree yggdrasil cross 3 limb domain tree

The third tree is placed here just for the sake of comparing intellectual concepts. It represents one view of the three branches of basic life domains called the Archaea, Bacteria, and Eukarya. While there is current controversy about if and how the three branches overlap, what is typically considered is that these three came from a single source and it is not customarily considered whether or not there were three roots.


Again and again we encounter a three-branch illustration to represent a three-category idea. We could do the same for DNA's triplet codon system and the three families of fundamental particles, though such a view is not commonly used to describe these three-patterned ideas.


The image is adapted from: --- The Scientist: Uprooting the Tree of Life ---
http://www.the-scientist.com/yr2002/sep/research1_020916.html


Myvyrian Archaeology cites King Arthur as saying:

I have three heroes in battle,

Mael the tall~ Llyr, with his army~ Caradoc, pillar of Wales.

He also names 3 Bards of Britain:

Merlin Ambrose~ Merlin the son of Morfyn, (called also Merlin the Wild)~ Taliesin, chief of the bards

3 golden-tongued knights:

Gawain, son of Gwyar~ Drydvas, son of Tryphin~ Eliwlod, son of Madag, and Uther

3 honorable feasts of Britain:

Feast of Caswallaun, after repelling Julius Caesar from the isle ~
Feast of Aurelius Ambrosius after he conquered the Saxons ~
Feast of King Arthur, at Carleon upon Usk.


3 Losses by Disappearance, refers to 3 voyages that were set out to find "the green meadows of the sea" (called in the triads Gwerddonau Lion: the Green fairy islands, reposing in sunlight and beauty on Ocean's calm breast). They were supposed to be the abode of the souls of certain Druids, who, not holy enough to enter the heaven of the Christians, were still not wicked enough to be condemned to the tortures of annwn (hell, or the shadow land), and so were accorded a place in this romantic sort of purgatorial paradise.

The 3 voyages are commemorated in the triads:

  1. In the fifth century a voyage was made by the British king Gavran, in search of these enchanted islands; with his family he sailed away into the unknown waters, and was never heard of more.

  2. Merlin sailed away in a ship of glass, and disappeared forever.

  3. Madog sailed in search of America and disappeared forever.


--- Fairy Tales and the Ancient Mythology ---
http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/celt/wfl/wfl01.htm


TRIPLICATE:

If you happen to be a tour guide, it's very easy to memorize the facts about the Church of the Trinity in Waldassen, Germany. Since it has:

3 towers & 3 turrets, each turret with 3 dormer windows
3 windows & 3 roofs with 3 openings in each
3 doors in each part of the structure
3 large & 3 small crosses
3 altars & 3 staircases; 3 doorways & 3 columns; 3 lights & 3 niches
3 bays & 3 windows in each bay
3 statues of the Virgin Mary.

The designer was George Dientzhofer, the 3rd architect in his family. The church took exactly 33 months, 333 weeks, & 33 days to build. It cost 33,333 florins & 33 kreuzer.

*** Salem Witchcraft Trials: Fear of witches reached panic proportions after (1) a teenaged girl had an argument with a washer- woman. The next day, the girl had convulsions and complained of pains all over her body. When her (2) younger brother and (3) sister also complained of pains, the washer- woman was brought to trial on the suspicion of being a witch. She was convicted and hanged. (It has been considered that the pains are but one example of other symptoms of a disease caused by a mosquito.)


3 parts to each Astrological sign called a decanate or decan.

*** Homer & other Greek poets wrote of a legendary ship called a Trireme. The 120 foot long wooden vessels were powered by 170 oarsmen on three levels, whose main task was to ram enemy ships at high speed.

3 days; May 9, 11, 13, are when expiatory rites were held to expel the lemurs (ghosts), Evil spirits of the dead who often appeared as skeletons and were known to strike the living with madness. The temples were closed and marriages were prohibited. (Roman Myth) (Is this the origin of our "May Day! May Day! May Day!" call for help?)


*** In Irish Folk Tales, the first three days of May were when great powers were given to demons, witches, and fairies by the Evil One. (Is this the Origin of our May-day! May-day! May-day! call for help?)

3 Buddhist existences: Parikalpita-svabhava~ Paratantra-svabhava~ Parinispanna-svabhava
3 senseless creatures of Buddhist mythology: Tiger (anger)~ Monkey (greed)~ Deer (love-sickness)
3 intoxifications of Buddhism: Hate~ Ignorance~ Lust
3-lettered names to denote Buddha: Foh, Fuh, Pot, Put, But (Western culture uses G- O- D to refer to a special figure denoted in religion.)

3 body physiques of Buddha: Thin (African?)~ Medium (Indo- European?)~ Obese (Asian?)

Thin physique buddha (3K)
Glencairn Museum
Medium physique buddha (4K)
Lanka
Obese physique buddha (4K)
Imagine Hawaii


Glencairn Museum: http://www.glencairnmuseum.org/Asian.html
Lanka: http://www.lanka.net/upali/island/2001/06/03/featur03.html
Imagine Hawaii: http://imagine-hawaii.com/buddha.html


Triad in Occult Philosophy: The Vital Soul~ The Animal Soul~ The Rationalized Soul

3-fold law of Karma believed by religious witches: "Magic returns to the sender magnified 3 times."

3 patterned philosophy in Moonie religion: One Heart~ One World~ One God

3-patterned phrase on Nazi belt buckle: "Gott Mit Uns" (God With Us)

3-patterned Nazi Party membership number of Adolf Hitler: 555 (The actual number is said to be 55, but the German Party started membership numbers at 500, in order to give the impression of having a large following.)

3 sixes (666) or 616 have been used to represent the Anti-Christ, Devil, Satan, Evil one, etc.

Hitler Satan Jesus (4K)

3 eights (888), in antiquity, was the sacred number of Jesus.

ihsous = Jesus
i = iota = 10
h = eta = 8
s = sigma = 200
o = omicron = 70
u = upsilon = 400
s = sigma = 200
888


--- Toll- free bridge to God ---
http://home.att.net/~theservant/lord99.htm



The early Christian Sacred Geometers called a circle with a circumference of 888 units "the living Jesus" because the diameter of his circle is 282 units, which is the gematria value of the Greek word bios (BioV), meaning "life."


Greek Alphabet mystery

The Greek alphabet was invented almost one thousand years before the birth of Christ. At the time it was invented, every one of the 24 letters in the Greek alphabet represented a number as well as a sound.


  • The first eight letters represent units, (the "0" power of "10").
  • The second eight letters represent tens, (the first power of "10").
  • The third eight letters represent hundreds, (the second power of "10").

The 8-8-8 structure of the table holding the letters of the Greek alphabet is directly related to the name "Jesus". Since every name and word in the Greek language had a corresponding numerical value, words could be expressed as numbers and numbers could be expressed as words. This made the Greek alphabet a public cipher and immediately encouraged two numerical superstitions called ISOPSEPHIA and GEMATRIA. The total of all the numbers in the Greek alphabet is "3999": (3 + 9 = 12 = 1 + 2 = 3) (3 + 9 = 12 = 1 + 2 = 3) (3 + 9 = 12 = 1 + 2 = 3).


--- The Sacred Geometry Mysteries of Jesus Christ ---
http://www.jesus8880.com/homepage.htm



3kh,

the hieroglyphic character below and to the left, can mean "be beneficial, advantageous," or, as a noun (3kht), "something advantageous, usefulness." 3KH Egyptian Hieroglyph(1K) It can also mean "blessed spirit," as in the name of the heretic Egyptian king Akhenaton. It can also be used to write the words for "horizon," "tomb," the royal uraeus cobra, or the "beneficent" eye of the sun god Rê, all 3kht, or the word for "sunshine," 3khw. The causative, s3kh, can mean "beatify, render blessed" [Alan Gardiner, Egyptian Grammar, Oxford, 1964, p. 550].




3 z's (ZZZ), in antiquity, symbolized the Christian Holy one~ Triple Rays~ and the exclamation Sanctus! Sanctus! Sanctus! (Holy! Holy! Holy!)

3 S's (SSS): 3 knots or 3 Solomans... With a line (SSS), it meant The Holy One, (zigzag of effulgence)

The dollar sign of today (one S with (one or) two vertical lines), is believed to be the modern-day usage of the triple Z's or triple S's. (Does the phrase "All Mighty Dollar" come from this?)


3 S's (SSS) of modern military men refer to morning routine: Shit~ Shower~ Shave

Triad in Mesopotamian religion: Anu (An)~ Bel (Enilil)~ Ea (Sumerian Enki)
3 Taoist gods: Yu Ch'ing, Pearly Azure~ Shang Ch'ing, Upper Azure~ T'ai Ch'ing, Supreme Azure
3 patterned motto of ancient Persian religion: Good thoughts~ Good words~ Good deeds
3 ancient Egyptian gods for solar "phases": Horus (morning)~ Ra (noon)~ Atum (dusk)
3 Indian deities for solar "phases": Apollo (rising)~ Hari/Vishnu (midday)~ Indra (setting)
3 types of Jewish mysticism: The Ecstatic~ The Contemplative~ The Esoteric
3 Christian evangelical counsels: Holy obedience~ Perpetual chastity~ Voluntary poverty
3 Christian virtues: Faith, symbolized by a cross~ Hope, symbolized by an anchor~ Charity, symbolized by a chalice or light.
Trinity of the Celtic Brigantian Empire: Virgin~ Mother~ Crone
3 gates: The New Jerusalem

3 mockings of Christ:

1. Struck by Malchus
2. Before Herod
3. Pilate's order to be scourged

3 maries (7K) Three Marys of the Bible:

1. Mary, Mother of Jesus
2. Mary Magdalene
3. Mary Salome

*** In Chinese belief, if the souls of the just were not sent back immediately to a new life on Earth they might go to the dwelling place of the Immortals. The Palace of Immortality contained three gods who were originally human beings but were deified as a result of merit or good fortune: Shou-Lao is the god of long life, Fu-Hsing is the god of happiness, Lu-Hsing is the god of salaries.


3 humans who went to Heaven to perform service, according to Tannaitic sources: Enoch~ Elijah~ Moses

3 Greek gods: Zeus~ Poseidon~ Hades (Heaven~ Earth~ Underworld)
3 Roman gods: Jupiter~ Neptune~ Apollo (Heaven~ Earth~ Underworld)
3 sons of Zeus & Europa: Minos~ Rhadamanthus~ Sarpedon

3 sacred Hindu fires: Ahavaniya~ Daksinagni~ Garhapatya

*** Jainism: Right Knowledge~ Right Faith~ Right Conduct
*** Eschatology: Second Coming~ Resurrection~ Last Judgment

3 forms of Odin in Eddic Mythology: Har~ Jafnhar~ Thridi
3 mysterious figures amongst Norse gods: Hoenir~ Lodurr~ Mimir
*** Ancient Egypt Theban Triad: Amun~ Mut~ and their son Khans
3 ancient Egypt central religious figures: Horus~ Isis~ Osiris
3-pronged trident: Poseidon
3-forked lightning: Jupiter

3 items of manufacturer commonly attributed to Vulcan, God of fire and volcanoes: Art~ Arms~ Armor for gods and heroes.

*** The Maya believed 3 stars in the Orion Constellation (Alnitak~ Saiph~ Rigel) were arranged by the gods as a triangular hearth, enclosing the smoke of the fire creation - the nebula.


3 items connected with the story of Prometheus:

  • Stole Fire from the gods.
  • Chained to a rock by order of Zeus.
  • A great Eagle was sent to gnaw on his liver.

(As a side note, I wrote a poem linking an analogy between the story of Prometheus and Native American alcoholism):

ALCOHOLISM


American Indian alcoholism that be
closely resembles European mythology
look only if you dare to see,
the distinct parallel in history.

Europeans were once viewed as gods---
by innocent indians in the wilderness
gods who carried thunder-sounding rods,
and whose white skin evoked a mysteriousness.

With these gods came Firewater
that was long denied to the indian
but the winter's chill did tend to bother,
so the fire of the gods was taken.

These white gods then got angry
and burdened indian lives with punishments
yet indian minds were stirred visually,
whereby the fire was taken into their tents.

Perhaps Greek mythology has provided us
with a means to understand the Alcoholic
for it portrays one named Prometheus
who may represent an archetypal trek.

Prometheus stole fire from heaven
then was punished by being chained to a rock
and just like a sufferer of alcoholism,
he too had liver problems alot.
Prometheus chained to a rock
Prometheus had his liver eaten out each day by an eagle but was eventually rescued by Hercules.




3 moon spinners (7K) 3 Fates (Moirai, Moires) Clotho~ Lachesis~ Atropos (sometimes referred to as the 3 spinners):
  • Clotho - the Fate who spins the thread of life; identified with Roman Nona.
  • Lachesis - the Fate who determines the length of the thread of life; identified with Roman Decuma.
  • Atropos - the Fate who cuts the thread of life; identified with Roman Morta.

Information from:
--- The Three Goddesses ---
http://threegoddesses.com/3goddesses.htm


Their Roman counterparts were:

1. Decima
2. Nona (goddesses of birth)
3. Morta (goddess of death)

3 moon spinners image URL:

--- Fiberarts Connection of Southern California (Myths and Legends 4) ---
http://www.fiberartsconnsocal.org/myths_legends/mythsandlegends4.htm


The 3 graces (13K) 3 Graces: (in Greek mythology called the charities and according to the Spartans, Cleta was the third).

1. Aglaia
2. Euphrosyne
3. Thalia

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3 parts to a Chimera: Head of a lion~ Body of a goat~ Tail of a snake
3 monstrous offspring by Loki and Angroboda: Fenrir~ Hel~ Jormungund
3 hags possessing immense power in Norse Myth: Urdr~ Verdandi~ Skuld

triple headed goddess plaque (5K) 3-faced goddess in Greek Mythology: Hecate

3-faced Hecate (6K)
Triple-headed Goddess image:
--- Stardust Designs ---
http://freespace.virgin.net/stardust.designs/pages/optriplehead.html


3 legged medusa (19K)
3 Gorgons: Stheno, Euryale, Medusa (snake-haired sisters in Greek mythology) are sometimes depicted as having wings of gold, brazen claws, and the tusks of boars. Medusa is the only one of the gorgons that is mortal.

gorgon (3K)
Stheno
The mighty
gorgon (3K)
Euryale
The far-springer
gorgon (3K)
Medusa
The queen


(Euryale is also known as the Wide Flowing Sea.)

Three hypotheses as to how the three sisters were changed into Gorgons by Athena:

1. Medusa claimed she was more beautiful than Athena.
2. Medusa claimed to have more beautiful hair than Athena.
3. Medusa and Poseidon laid together in Athena's temple (Poseidon either raped her or she lay with him willingly.)

The three Graiae sisters, themselves sisters of the Gorgons, always stay together because they have only one eye and one tooth to share amongst themselves.

3 celtic mothers (9K) 3 moms (Matronae) of ancient Celtic belief:

An elaboration of the Mediterranean nursing goddess Iono Lucine, this threefold image to the right shows the Mothers holding Baby, Diapers, and Bath sponge. Throughout Celtic Gaul, Spain, and Britain this Iono depiction was deeply revered by the peasantry. This image, dating from perhaps 100 AD, is from the Vertault region in France.


Three different beings made up the different qualities of death acording to ancient Greek belief:


1. Thantos (male)
2. Ker (female)
3. Gorgo (female)

The 3 furies (9K) 3 Roman Furies (female personifications of vengence) that were called the Erinyes (the Angry Ones) or Eumenides by the Ancient Greeks (Orestes called them the Solemn Ones, or the Kindly Ones):

1. Alecto ("unceasing")
2. Megaera ("grudging")
3. Tisiphone ("avenging murder")

(The image to the right represents Orestes tormented by the Erinnyes for killing his mother.)
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3 varieties of the Egyptian sphinx:

A. The Androsphinx has the head of a human.
B. A Criosphinx has the head of a ram.
C. The Hieracosphinx is the hawk-headed sphinx.

Androsphinx (3K)
Androsphinx
Criosphinx (3K)
Criosphinx
Hieracosphinx (1K)
Hieracosphinx

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3 headed dog cerebus (19K) 3-headed dog that guarded the gate to Hades in Greek Mythology: Cerberus

3 different quantities of heads have been attributed to Cerebrus:

1. 3 heads.
2. Some poets have credited him with as many as a hundred.
3. Professor Graybill has averaged all the estimates, and makes the number 27.

3 ancient Greek Harpies: Aello, Ocypete, and Celaeno

3 Harpies (26K)


3 daughters of the coach maker (13K)
3 daughters and coachmaker father by Marino Marini
3 witches and 1 devil of Eastwick (14K)
3 witches and the devil of Eastwick
3 witches and Macbeth (13K)
3 witches and Macbeth
3 women of Don Giovanni (14K)
3 women of Don Giovanni


typhon (19K) Typhon: A greek monster with a tremendous voice who was the father of Cerberus, the Chimera, and the Sphinx.

Triple headed god in Gallic Mythology: Cernunnos

3 precious possessions of Thor: Girdle of strength~ Iron gloves~ Magic hammer
(Compare these to today's construction worker "possessions": Back-brace/tool belt~ Leather gloves~ 16-20 ounce hammer...or jack hammer, or sledge hammer)

"Thrice-great Hermes" (The Gnostic savior Hermes Trismegistus), was the legendary founder of alchemy in the West.

*** Observed by the fiery river, the Tartaruchian angels have iron rods with 3 hooks with which they pierce the bowels of sinners.

*** Themis (Right/Divine Justice) and Dike (Human Justice) sat next to Zeus in Olympus.

*** Amma is a supreme god of the Dogon tribe of Mali who mated with the Earth 3 times.

*** Nzame is the name of the Fan people of the Congo who lived on Earth with 3 sons: White man~ Black man~ Gorilla. Nzame is a shadowy god, impossible to represent in Clay~ Wood~ or Stone.

*** In the Caribbean region of the Americas, the great strength of pre-Columbian art from this region is in stone. Small, Tri-pointed carvings that were often human or Zoomorphic in form, represented the spirits (Zemi) of the land. The Taino culture is famous for these Zemi carvings, which are found in many of the islands, notably Puerto Rico and Hispaniola.


***There is said to be three different groups of Easter Island statues: Those that circle the outer rim of the island and face inward~ Those that face south~ Those at the quarry in the middle of the island.


3 gods of Northern Europe at Upsala in Sweden had 3 images: Odin (or Wodan) as a warrior in mail~ Thor with his scepter holding, as greatest god, the middle place~ and Freyr with his customary phallic symbols of fecundity and peace.


*** Chian-Lan is a tutelary of Chinese mythological gods or protectors with 3 eyes, the third being in the middle of the forehead.

3 items commonly represented in statuary of Minerva (Roman goddess of wisdom):
  1. Spindle
  2. Spool
  3. Needle

3 divinities solely worshiped in the Roman Capital: Jupiter, Juno, and Minerva.

*** Teiresias's testimony: If the parts of love-pleasure be counted as ten, thrice three go to women, one only to men. (This can be viewed as a 3:1 ratio)

*** Manfred Barthel, describes Martin Luther's theology as "By grace alone, By faith alone, by Holy writ alone."

3 things necessary for salvation prescribed by John Calvin:

  1. Loyalty to his church
  2. Observance of the sacraments of the Lord's supper and baptism
  3. Obedience to the rule of the civil government.

***During the highest development of Druidism, the Bards were the seers and prophets with a spiritual knowledge greater than that of the Druid priests. The later Bards expressed all truth through the operations of Triads. In every sphere of experience, they traced the 3 and regarded it as the way to the understanding of the creation of the physical Earth.


Druid near Stonehenge (4K) 3 orders of Druidism were excluded from warfare:

  1. Vatis or Ovates are assistants to the sacrificial ceremonies, study natural philosophies & sciences, and dress in green robes.

  2. Bards study liberal arts such as music, poetry and literature. They commonly wear brown attire, though their ceremonial robes are blue to symbolize genuineness and harmony.

  3. Druids are the highest order of Druidism. They preside over festivals and ceremonies and in the past were skilled in divination and magic. They wear white robes.


--- Druids ---
http://www.gurlpages.com/celticsoul/druids.html



Buddhist Cosmology

In Buddhist Cosmology, at the center of the Wheel of Life: lie the three symbols of cardinal faults of humanity: greed (the pig), hatred (the snake), and delusion or pride (the cock). The Buddha stated: “Consumed by craving, enraged by hatred, blinded by delusion, overwhelmed and despairing, man contemplates his own downfall, that of others, and both together.”


(Few people tend to consider the correlation with the three animals at the core of Buddhist Cosmology and the core of biology called DNA- RNA- and Proteins. Instead of viewing that each has a "3" at the core, those interested are inclined to look at the 3 from an emotional/moral aspect.)


*** St. Bernadette Soubirous was said to have been entrusted with 3 secrets given to her by the Immaculate Conception between February 11th and March 25th, 1858. (As a sort of general correlation, within the same monthly time period (but different centuries), Romans celebrated the worship of Minerva from the 19th to the 23rd of March.)...[Perhaps history repeats itself in accordance with the prevailing environment, be it culture, race, gender or whatever.]


*** 3 angels during 1 visit have sometimes been said to have taken place, or 3 visitations by 1 angel appearing to 1 or 3 individuals (frequently children or illiterate adults), who say they received a message(s) from an angel, dead family member, Virgin Mary, Jesus, etc...


*** From the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, translated by F. Max Muller: Then Vidagdha Saklaya asked him: "How many gods are there, 0 Yajnavalkya?" He replied with this very Nivid (Sanskrit: "saying"): "As many as are mentioned in the Nivid of the hymn of praise addressed to the Visvedevas,... 3 and 3 hundred, 3 and 3 thousand. (The same question is asked five more times and the following quantity of gods is given, separately: thirty-three, six, three, two, one.)




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