“The most striking statement in the above paragraph is, that the thalamus is egg-shaped, and we can readily see why there is so much reference made, in ancient religions, to the egg. For the thalamus with its adjacent appendages, when viewed in cross sections of the brain, looks exactly like a beetle, the body egg shaped, and the ‘horns’ of the lateral ventricle, typifying the horns of the beetle. In the scarabaeus of Egypt is exemplified the egg of immortality, the light of the world. It is the chamber, the HOLY OF HOLIES, wherein is concealed the ark of the covenant. In the Egyptian Book of the Dead we find this referred to as the ‘Boat of Seker.’ Every religion, which has existed down through the ages, has told in its own terminology, the same story, the same physiological process taking place within the body of man.
On the posterior side of the thalamus we find the pineal body. It is a cone-shaped body, 6 mm (0.25 in.) high and 4 mm (0.17 in.) in diameter, joined to the roof of the third ventricle by a flattened stalk, the habenula. Santee tells us that ‘The interior of the pineal body is made up of closed follicles surrounded by ingrowths of connective tissue. The follicles are filled with epithelial cells mixed with calcareous (lime) matter, the brain-sand (acerculus cerebri). Calcareous deposits are found also on the pineal stalk and along the chorioid plexuses. The function of the pineal body is unknown. Des Cartes facetiously suggests that it is the abode of the spirit (the sand of man.’
The just read excerpt came from the book God-Man: The Word Made Flesh, 1920, p. 46, which was written by Dr. George Carey.
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