The Eight-Legged Lion Symbol of Divine Rule in Cosmogony

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Madina S. Saipova


In this article, the author analyzes the majestic murals and ornaments of the Termez Palace, built and decorated in the 11th century, depicting an eight-legged male lion inside the altar, which is represented by exotic symbols of God, who created 18,000 universes and ruled it. The reason why the lion is depicted as an octagon is that the points on the horizon of the eight directions of the universe are the bases of the sky relative to the ground, thus representing the octal model of the universe as a symbol of direction.

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