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Thursday, January 11, 2024


The omphalos on the right is in the museum at Delphi. It is thought to be a Hellenistic or Roman copy of the omphalos inside the Temple of Apollo; the pattern on the stone represents the net that the omphalos was wrapped in.

The stone on the left is the one displayed by the temple at the site. I've read that it's a copy of the one in the museum, although the sign in the museum says that that one is the copy; other sources say that there were probably several different stones at the site. It may just be that Mother Gaia, the Earth, had an unusually generous navel, and collected navel stones the way mortal belly buttons attract lint.

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