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America, or has some ancient wizard, by magic art, suddenly transported us to the south of the Asiatic peninsula, in Cambodia, in the old city of Angor-Thom? There also we find similar altars, figures of serpents, and the bird-headed god.
This bird, symbol of the principal female divinity, is met with in every country where Maya civilization can be traced -in Polynesia, Japan, India, Chaldea, Egypt, Greece, as in Mayach and the ancient city of Tiahuanuco on the high plateaus of the Peruvian Andes.
In Egypt the vulture formed
SCULPTURE IN ANCIENT CITY OF ANGOR-THOM, CAMBODIA.
the headdress of the Goddess Isis, or Mau, whose vestments were dyed with a variety of colors imitating feather work.2 Everywhere it is a myth. In Mayach only we may perhaps
When Banks, who accompanied Captain Cook in his first voyage, visited the great Morai at O-Taheite, he saw on the summit of the pyramid a representation of a bird, carved in wood (the Creator). John Watson, The Lost Solar System, vol. ii., p. 232.
2 Sir Gardner Wilkinson, Manners and Customs of Ancient Egyptians, vol. iii., p. 375.