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Old 28-11-2013, 11:42 PM   #5
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Trees are a necessary attribute of the archetypical locus amoenus in all cultures. Already the Egyptian Book of the Dead mentions sycamores as part of the scenery where the soul of the deceased finds blissful repose..Many of the world's ancient belief systems also include the belief of sacred groves, where trees are revered and respected and there are priests and priestesses attending to them who also serve as guardians, preventing those who wish to tear down the trees by means of ancient magic and elaborate protection rituals..The "Christmas trees" represented Nimrod to the ancient sun-worshipers (Jer. 10:2-5), and sunrise worship services involving "branches" were even found in Ezek. 8:17..Many Pagan cultures used to cut boughs of evergreen trees in December, move them into the home or temple, and decorated them, often with gold balls..Putting tinsel around the tree comes from the practice of tying a ribbon around the tree as a prayer to the sun..A similar practice referred to in scripture was raising an obelisk (a phallic symbol) next to a tree as an altar for the god represented by the tree..

The star that has topped the Rockefeller Tree since 2004 is 9.5 feet (2.9 m) in diameter and weighs 550 pounds (250 kg).. This "Swarovski Star" was created by German artist Michael Hammers, who in 2009 additionally designed his own star lighting production..Saturnalia was an ancient Roman festival in honour of the deity Saturn held on December 17 of the Julian calendar and later expanded with festivities through December 23.. The holiday was celebrated with a sacrifice at the Temple of Saturn in the Roman Forum and a public banquet, followed by private gift-giving, continual partying, and a carnival atmosphere that overturned Roman social norms: gambling was permitted, and masters provided table service for their slaves..The renewal of light and the coming of the new year was celebrated in the later Roman Empire at the Dies Natalis of Sol Invictus, the "Birthday of the Unconquerable Sun," on December 25..The popularity of Saturnalia continued into the 3rd and 4th centuries AD, and as the Roman Empire came under Christian rule, some of its customs may have influenced the seasonal celebrations surrounding Christmas and the New Year.. The poet Catullus called it "the best of days"...

The Eight Star used widely in the Arabic states as beautification, sometimes a similar star to the Star of Lakshmi also consider as the Arabic star..The Star of Lakshmi is a complex {8/2** star figure (i.e. two squares with the same centre at 45° angles), and figures in Hinduism, where it represents Ashtalakshmi, the 8 forms, or "kinds of wealth", of the goddess Lakshmi..A two-color, 8-pointed star associated with the American Friends Service Committee and other Quaker service groups since the 1870s is sometimes called "the Quaker star"..

Nabucco ( English Nebuchadnezzar) is an Italian-language opera in 4 acts composed in 1841 by Giuseppe Verdi to an Italian libretto by Temistocle Solera. It follows the plight of the Jews as they are assaulted, conquered, and subsequently exiled from their homeland by the Babylonian King Nabucco (in English, Nebuchadnezzar). The historical events are used as background for a romantic and political plot. The best-known number from the opera is the "Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves," Va, pensiero, sull'ali dorate / "Fly, thought, on golden wings," a chorus which is regularly given an encore in many opera houses when performed today...
Nebuchadnezzar I, ca. 1126–1103 BC, was the 4th king of the Second Dynasty of Isin and Fourth Dynasty of Babylon. He ruled for 23 years according to the Babylonian King List C,and was the most prominent monarch of this dynasty. He is best known for his victory over Elam and the recovery of the cultic idol of Marduk / Nebuchadnezzar II (Aramaic: ܢܵܒܘܼ ܟܘܼܕܘܼܪܝܼ ܐܘܼܨܘܼܪ ‎; Hebrew: נְבוּכַדְנֶצַּר Nəḇūḵaḏneṣṣar; Ancient Greek: Ναβουχοδονόσωρ Naboukhodonósôr; Arabic: نِبُوخَذنِصَّر nibūḫaḏniṣṣar; c 634 – 562 BC) was king of the Neo-Babylonian Empire, who reigned c. 605 BC – 562 BC.. He is credited with the construction of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon and for the destruction of the First Temple..The Akkadian name, Nabû-kudurri-uṣur, means "O god Nabu, preserve/defend my firstborn son".. Nabu is the Babylonian deity of wisdom, and son of the god Marduk... in a Roman...wilderness of pain and all the children are insane..All the children are insane Waiting for the summer rain, yeah..There's danger on the edge of town..Ride the King's highway, baby..Weird scenes inside the gold mine..Ride the highway west, baby..Ride the snake, ride the snake to the lake, the ancient lake, baby the snake is long, 7 miles..Ride the snake...he's old, and his skin is cold..The blue bus is callin' us..Driver, where you taken' us...

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