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Trinʹity

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Tertullian (160–240) introduced this word into Christian theology. The word triad is much older. Almost every mythology has a threefold deity. (See Three.)

American Indians. Otkon, Messou, and Atahuata.


Brahmins. Their “tri-murti” is a three-headed deity, representing Brahma (as creator), Vishnu (as preserver), and Siva (as destroyer).


Celts. Hu, Ceridwen, and Craiwy.


Cherusci. A three-headed god called Triglat.


Chinese have the trible goddess Pussa.


Druids. Taulac, Fan, and Mollac.


Egyptians. Osiris, Isis, and Horus.


Eleusinʹian Mysteries. Bacchus, Persephone (4 syl.), and Demeter.


Goths. Woden, Frigga, and Thor.


Greece (ancient). Zeus (1 syl.), Aphrodite, and Apollo.


Iesini of Britain. Got, Ertha, and Issus.


Mexicans. Vitzputzli, Tlaloc, and Tezcatlipoca.


Peruvians. Apomti, Chureonti, and intequuequi.


Persians (ancient). Their “Triplasian deity” was Oroinasdes, Mithras, and Arimʹanes.


Phœnicions. Astaroth, Mileom, and Chemoth.


Romans (ancient). Jupiter (divine power). Minerva (divine Logos or wisdom), and Juno (called “amor et delicium Jovis”).—Vossius: De Theologia Gentil, viii. 12. Their three chief deities were Jupiter, Neptnne, and Pluto.


Scandinavians. Odin (who gave the breath of life), Hænir (who gave sense and motion), and Lodur (who gave blood, colour, speech, sight, au hearing).


Tyrians. Belus, Venus, and Tamuz, etc.


Orpheus (2 syl.). His triad was Phanēs, Uranos, and Kronos.


Plato. His triad was To Agʹathon (Goodness), Nous or Eternal Wisdom (architect of the World) (see Proverbs iii. 19), and Psychē (the mundane soul).


Pythagʹoras. His triad was the Monad or Unity, Nous or Wisdom, and Psychē.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Trice
Trick
Tricolour
Trieste
Trigon
Trilogy
Trimilki
Trimmer
Trinculo
Trine
Trinity
Trinobantës
Trinoda Necessitas
Tripitaka means the “triple basket,”
Triple Alliance
Tripos
Trismegistus [thrice greatest]
Tristram (Sir)
Triton
Triumph
Trivet

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