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Speculation on Potential Symbolic Relevance of the Concordian Mandala


Introduction
Indicative symbols

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Introduction

This docusment is an annex to the presentation of a Concordian Mandala as a Symbolic Nexus: Insights from dynamics of a pentagonal configuration of nonagons in 3D (2016). That document was a development of an introductory argument (Con-quest Aesthetically Reframed via the Concordian Mandala, 2016) -- inspired by the social chaos purportedly addressed by the so-called Discordian Mandala.

Symbolism has a fundamental cognitive role, notably with respect to collective psychosocial organization as a catalyst to the imagination in enabling belief in subtlety of many kinds (The Book of Symbols: reflections on archetypal images, Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism, 2010; Hans Biedermann and James Hulbert, Dictionary of Symbolism: cultural icons and the meanings behind them, 1994; Albert Gallatin Mackey, The Symbolism of Freemasonry: illustrating and explaining its science and philosophy, its legends, myths and symbols, 2012; Alfred North Whitehead, Symbolism: its meaning and effect, 2014).

The potential symbolic relevance of the mandala (as presented in the main paper) above is indicated here in terms of distinctive articulations in the light of contrasting insights, perspectives and projections. All frame the challenge of comprehending insight of a higher order. The symbols indicated below are:

Omphalos
Endless knot
Masonic nonagonal icon
Nine-levelled temples
Enneagram
Wu Xing and Hygieia
Lord of the Rings

Of particular relevance to this argument is the extensive review which emerged from the Rodin Coil Project (Vortices, Portals and Dimensional Doorways: a study of the number nine in science, myth and mysticism, 1998). This offers many additional examples, most notably from mythology. However the origin of this review is itself illustrative of the deprecation by which many such examples are framed, from whatever belief system they originate. The point to be emphasized is that it is not the validity of such examples (according to some particular criteria) which is of relevance but rather the fact that some hold them to be credible -- irrespective of views to the contrary.


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