ram

General - The male sheep, featured in many mythologies. (1) In Babylon the ram was sacrificed at New Year to expiate sins. (2) In Celtic lore the ram is the personification of Belin, the Gaulish god of light and crops. (3) In Egypt the ram symbolises the Min, Osiris and Shu. (4) In the Greek story of the Golden Fleece the ram, named Chrysomallon, saved Phrixus and his sister Helle from death by carrying them off to Colchis. In other contexts it is sacred to Dionysus and Zeus. In Crete the ram was deified as the god of the waning year. (5) Hebrews regard the ram as a symbol of sacrifice. (6) In Hindu lore, the ram is a generic name for god and an attribute of Agni. (7) In Muslim lore the ram was one of the ten animals allowed into heaven. (8) In Persia the ram symbolised virility and was the emblem of the empire. (9) To the Romans, a ram with one horn facing forwards and the other facing backwards represented the two-faced god Janus. Sometimes identified as ram, Rama, Rama, Moon Rama, Moon Rejoicer, Ram, Ramacandra, Ramachandra, Gentle Rama, Ram or Ramac(h)andra.

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