Dominik Wujastyk ucgadkw at UCL.AC.UK
Tue Jan 20 18:24:44 UTC 2009

Indian Planetary Images and the Tradition of Astral Magic
David Pingree
Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes, Vol. 52. (1989), pp. 
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This article discusses the Indian, Persian and Harranian planetary images 
and the Indian vahanas for them.  Evidence from MSS and from statues in 
the Suryanarkoyil sun temple near Thanjavur.  Crabs are not mentioned, but 
there is a very brief mention of the scorpion.


Dr Dominik Wujastyk
Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow
University College London

On Tue, 20 Jan 2009, Anna A. Slaczka wrote:

> Dear Sandra,
> Sorry, but every now and then I remember something new...
> The Sringeri temple has pillars with 12 zodiac signs. It's been such a long time that I've been there that I don't remember whether there was a pillar with a cancer sign, but I would expect it. Perhaps it's good to look for other zodiac-representations in India. There should be at least a few more.
> Best regards,
> Anna Slaczka.
> --- On Tue, 1/20/09, Alexandra Vandergeer <geeraae at GEOL.UOA.GR> wrote:
>> From: Alexandra Vandergeer <geeraae at GEOL.UOA.GR>
>> Subject: invertebrates
>> To: INDOLOGY at
>> Date: Tuesday, January 20, 2009, 8:01 AM
>> Dear members of the list,
>> Is anyone aware of a stone sculpture from India sensu lato
>> on which
>> somewhere an invertebrate animal has been sculpted? I know
>> only of a
>> Chamunda with a scorpion in her sunken belly.
>> Alexandra van der Geer
>> NB for the very, very non-zoologist: invertebrates are
>> molluscs, insects,
>> spiders, medusas, crabs and lobsters and that sort of
>> animals.
>> --
>> Dr Alexandra van der Geer
>> Museum of Paleontology and Geology
>> Faculty of Geology
>> National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
>> Panepistimiopolis
>> 157 84 Zografou
>> Athens, Greece

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