from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The navel.
- n. A central part; a focal point.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An ancient religious stone artifact, or baetylus, used to denote the direction of the "center" of the world.
- n. The theological proposition that the world was created with certain indicia of a history which had not actually occurred (such as the humans who had never been connected to umbilical cords being created with navels).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The navel.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The navel or umbilicus.
- n. In Gr. archæol.: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
- n. A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the “navel” or exact center-point of the earth.
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- n. a scar where the umbilical cord was attached
In early religion it was "a profound symbol of cosmic fertility," says "Sexual Personae" author Camille Paglia, humanities professor at Philadelphia's University of the Arts. "Delphi, where the most famous oracle of antiquity sat, was called the omphalos, or navel of the world."
The Greeks'"omphalos," the navel of the world, isn't confined to Delphi.
The Greeks' "omphalos," the navel of the world, isn't confined to Delphi.
This reminds me of the "omphalos" interpretation of the evidence for the age of the earth.
It is impossible to refute an "omphalos" hypothesis.
Browne denied it -- display an 'omphalos', yet no umbilical cord had ever attached him to a mother.
He will feel the human presence in every corner of Fokida, the centre "omphalos" of the Greek land and he will live its passage and route in their authentic form through mythology, history, art and civilisation.
Subscribe to this post comment rss or trackback url omphalos said in March 6th, 2009 at 3:32 pm
One of the effects you mention is the so-called “omphalos syndrome” that afflicted both Rome and Washington, D.C., causing each city to regard itself as the center of the world and in charge of the world agenda.
Twigs were neatly arranged in a necklace around the black-holed omphalos of each gleaming tumulus.
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