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The figure represents a tortoise. When one sees a resemblance between this creature's head and neck and the linga, one can understand why both in. India and in Greece the animal should be regarded as sacred to the goddess personifying the female creator, and why in Hindoo myths it is said to support the world.

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Ancient Pagan and Modern Christian Symbolism
By Thomas Inman and John Newton
Published in 1875
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