Saturday, January 25, 2014

Homage, Three

 

tri·ad
  (n.) : a union or group of three :  trinity
 
The number three is considered mystical and spiritual.

Three is featured in many folktales such as: Three Wishes, Three Guesses, Three Little Pigs, Three Bears, and Three Billy Goats Gruff.

The were three primary gods of ancient Babylonia: Anu, Baal, and Ea, representing heaven, earth and the abyss. The Egyptian sun god had three aspects: rising (Khepri), midday, (Re) and setting (Atum). In Christianity three is represented in the trinity: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

Plato considered the number three symbolic of the triangle, and believed the world was built from triangles. William Shakespeare referenced the number three in MacBeth, with three witches, whose spell begins, "Thrice the brindled cat hath mewed." In folklore a three colored cat is considered a protective spirit.



Three Graces, Yosemite {via}


In Greek mythology Zeus had three daughters, considered to be charities, called the Three Graces. The Three Graces have been depicted in art through the centuries, and three sequoia trees in Yosemite are named for them. According to Ted Andrews, in Animal Speak, three represents creativity, rebirth, and the mystical.
(Many of these facts were obtained through the Encyclopedia Britannica.)