Threesology Research Journal: Linear, Circular, Triangular examples
Linear, Circular, Triangular configurations
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But it is not only the pelvis and rib cages that can be looked at, for if we take a look at the jaw bones of various types of animals, with a primary interest in humans, we notice that many "lower" life forms exhibit triangular shaped "snouts," as one can see on most any dog, horse, bird, alligator, etc...In fact, some early hominids are said to have a "jutting" jaw that is called prognathism, whereas most modern humans exhibit another immature form, but that either jaw bone when looked at individually, exhibits a distinct triangular shape.

Adult Human Jaw Gorilla Jaw Kwangsi Giant Jaw
--- Comparisons ---

If we playfully place the two jaw halves together front to front, we have the geometric figure of an "X," though other numbers and letters could be formed such as the n, u, m, w, 8, etc...:

The figure 'X' The Figure'O' The Figure '3'

Lucy and  Human skeleton

While some viewers can find humor in the above examples, there may be some who will take such artistic excursions into realms of a new type of divination placed into a modern setting. Some readers may consider that primitive peoples did something similar and got the notions for crude numbers and alphabet that were subsequently lost to humanity for thousands of years but resurfaced again "just in time" for the (serendipitous?) dawn of writing. The impressions of such images may thus have remained as an ever-present subtle (sub-conscious) reminder of esoteric forms the ancestors had (perhaps) held in high esteem when conjuring up spirits, gods, or demons, in whatever fashion they imagined them to be. Nonetheless, I simply want to point out that just because we find differences amongst the bones of many species, does not mean they are necessarily different on all levels of examination. And just because we humans do not share a similar "triangular" rib cage with those we of today call ancient human ancestors, however distant in the genetic tree, and that the triangular form in other instances appears to be the penultimate form, should not be interpreted to suggest we humans are regressing and the ape or chimpanzee was the pinnacle of evolution's success... Then again, if we would ask any self-respecting chimpanzee or ape, they might (rightly) point out all the ills perpetrated by humanity.

While some people do hold the opinion that humanity is the result of an extended childhood in terms of some anatomical features, the differences in the circular/ triangular ribcage forms may very well suggest that humanity is somehow being prevented from fully maturing, since so many characteristics of humans are already in a triangular form, such as the tail bone, the pelvis, the shoulder blades, the nose, etc...

Image source: --- Australopithecus afarensis- Lucy

Triangular wedding dress

As we divert our attention away from "living" bones to circumstances of living humans, an example of the linear, circular, triangular images can be seen in an American style wedding. The wedding gown of the bride, as shown in this picture, portrays a triangle, the silhouette figure of the groom is clearly linear, and a gathered crowd after the wedding ceremony "encircles" the bride and groom. However, the more discriminating observer will also denote linear, circular, and triangular physical attributes of the wedding couple. (Triangular vagina image, linear penis image, encircling embrace, etc...) Also notice the triangular hole at the base of the large upper middle tree.

Image source:

--- Baby B files ---

Another example, is taken from the commonly occurring baseball game, though it is not, as is often portrayed by some, as the great American pastime, since thousands upon thousands upon thousands of people could careless about this or for that matter, any sport.  In this example we see a linear bat, a circular ball, and an opened mitt as a triangular-like image. Bat, Ball, Glove

While I have previously mentioned that we can see linear (palm) trees near the (flat) sea level, circular-like trees in the round "rolling" hills, and triangular-shaped (pine) trees in the ascending (triangular-like) mountains, let me also make mention of a linear, circular, triangular expression of a single tree. The tree in focus is the ancient Norse tree called Yggdrasil.

A few linear forms:

linear yggdrasil form linear yggdrasil form
--- Yggdrasil ---
linear yggdrasil form
--- Yggdrasil ---

Some of you might want to include variations of the Biblical Cross as a type of linear expression of a tree related to god, life, knowledge, etc...

A few circular forms:

circular yggdrasil form
--- Museum, cafe & shop ---
circular yggdrasil form

circular yggdrasil form

The above image came by way of a query through E-mail. I colored it a little and changed the style of lettering for the purposes of making it more readable.

Here are two triangular forms:

triangular yggdrasil form
--- Leaves of Yggdrasil ---
triangular yggdrasil form
--- NC Xmas Trees ---

I included the Christmas tree not only because of what I perceive to be a link to Norse mythology through a Germanic influence, but because it represents several of the themes represented by the Yggdrasil tree in that it relates to a god in a special place, the Christmas globes are symbolic of different worlds, and not to mention that I recall (from childhood) using a three 'foot' (root) type of stand to hold up the Christmas tree. There was even a circular reservoir attached to the stand in which we placed water for the tree. Hence, we had a pool of water.

And while on the subject of Christmas trees, there are 3 historical figures which have lent their names to discussions about the origin of the Christmas tree, though other versions of the following and other legends not involving these three abound:

  1. One of the earliest stories relating back to Germany is about Saint Boniface. In 722, he encountered some pagans who were about to sacrifice a child at the base of a huge oak tree. He cut down the tree to prevent the sacrifice and a Fir tree grew up at the base of the oak. He then told everyone that this lovely evergreen, with its branches pointing to heaven, was a holy tree - the tree of the Christ child, and a symbol of His promise of eternal life.
  2. Another story from Germany is about Queen Victoria. She often visited relatives in Germany and while she was there, she fell in love with Prince Albert. After they were married, they moved back to England to raise their family. Prince Albert decorated a tree and ever since that time, the English, because of their love for their Queen, copied her Christmas customs including the Christmas tree and ornaments. This story took place in the 19th century, around 1830.
  3. Another legend that has not been proved is that Martin Luther is responsible for the origin of the Christmas tree. This story says that one Christmas Eve, about the year 1500, he was walking through the snow-covered woods and was struck by the beauty of the snow glistened trees. Their branches, dusted with snow, shimmered in the moon light. When he got home, he set up a small fir tree and shared the story with his children. He decorated the Christmas tree with small candles, which he lighted in honor of Christ's birth.

And here's a Christmas Tree origin idea without an attendant historical figure:

Another story about the origin of the Christmas tree says that late in the Middle Ages, Germans and Scandinavians placed evergreen trees inside their homes or just outside their doors to show their hope that spring would soon come.

--- Origin of the Christmas Tree ---

Let us also include 3 examples of historical records indicating those in authority who were against the "pagan" expressions of Christmas:

  1. It is not surprising that, like many other festive Christmas customs, the tree was adopted so late in America. To the New England Puritans, Christmas was sacred. The pilgrims's second governor, William Bradford, wrote that he tried hard to stamp out "pagan mockery" of the observance, penalizing any frivolity.
  2. The influential Oliver Cromwell preached against "the heathen traditions" of Christmas carols, decorated trees, and any joyful expression that desecrated "that sacred event."
  3. In 1659, the General Court of Massachusetts enacted a law making any observance of December 25 (other than a church service) a penal offense; people were fined for hanging decorations. That stern solemnity continued until the 19th century, when the influx of German and Irish immigrants undermined the Puritan legacy.

--- (Christmas Trees) ---

For comments about the Yggdrasil and Christmas trees:

--- The Masks of Odin by Elsa-Brita Titchenell ---

By stretching the imagination we could even look upon Native American Teepees as a type of symbolic rendition since various animal forms were painted on the sides, a hole in the top ascended towards heaven, a pool of water resided in a pot, etc...

Yggdrasil cross

Because of the similarity found between the idea of Christ being attached to a "3- limbed" cross and having been stuck with a spear and Odin having been attached to a 3- limbed tree and also getting stuck with a spear, it may be speculated that the idea of a 3-root variation of the Christian cross is when the cross is seen with a shadow. If we can attempt to imagine the mindset of early peoples with all the dragons, giants and other elements of multiple gods and demons, the word-of-mouth accounts of Christ dying on a 3-branched "tree" with three roots is not too difficult to appreciate.

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