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omphalos

(ōm`fəlŏs), in Greek and Roman religion, navel-shaped stone used in the rites of many cults. The most famous omphalos was at Delphi; it was supposed to mark the center of the earth.
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It is as if the cartographer's room had become the unconscious equivalent of the ancient omphalos, the link between the map and the human world, the human body.
I would suggest that when the author of Jubilees refers to Zion as the navel of the earth, he does not have earlier Jewish or Semitic ideas primarily in mind, but rather contemporary Greek claims that Delphi is the omphalos of the world.
He turned his back on the world, and Edmund describes the move to the country and the writing of Omphalos in terms of separation: "By a strange act of will fulness, he closed the doors upon himself forever" (86; emphasis added).
7) I would however disagree with this, preferring De Boer's 2007:81-104 more practical perspective which suggests that intoxicating gases were emitted through a bronze pipe that ran the length of the omphalos, allowing for the intoxication and "possession" of the Pythian prophetess.
I would begin with the Greek word, omphalos, meaning the centre of the world, and repeat it, omphalos, omphalos, omphalos, until its blunt and falling music becomes the music of somebody pumping water at the pump outside our back door.
In their representations of these central places, the thematic and psychic journeys taken by poets are frequently inward to be better able to encounter what Heaney has referred to as the omphalos of place.
The main group on the right-hand side of Figure 3 consists of all the fine wares, including most of the Rouletted ware, Arikamedu Type 10, Arikamedu Type 18, Omphalos ware and Grey ware.
Believing the earth to have been created in 4004BC, yet knowing that his work was finding material unquestionably older than this, Gosse came up with the omphalos (belly button) theory--no moment, he argued, including the first one, can be a moment in time without a past.
38) Rhetorically connected to Philip Henry Gosse's Omphalos, Lawler's insistence on "verifiable data" (p.
For Althusser, the omphalos or "the absence of the cause" (the "absence" of the "concept" of "the efficacity of a structure over its elements" [LC I.
Omphalos is Greek for navel, as in belly button, which is what the flowers are supposed to resemble.
But to the author of Omphalos the issue had to do with the navel of Adam.