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My third and last stamp collection, beside Laos and monkeys stamp collections, is "mythologies of the world". The collection contains stamps depict myths from of all over the world especially Greek mythology and Far Eastern mythologies but also myths from Africa, South America and Oceania. I thought this subject deserves a special thread here and I hope to see your stamps too. To start this thread, here are my two favorite set of stamps:

The first is a set of nine engraved stamps issued by Greece in 1935. Since they are airmail stamps, each stamp design has a connection to aviation:

Helios and the Chariot of the Sun:

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Iris, the messenger of the gods:

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Deadalus and Ikaros:

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Athena, goddess of Wisdom and War:

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Hermes, the messenger of the gods:

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The abduction of Ganymede by Zeus:

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Triptolemus riding his Chariot:

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Bellerophon riding on Pegasus:

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Phrixos and Helle:

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My second favorite set is a set of three engraved stamps issued by Laos on September 15, 1972. The stamps depict Buddhist mythical characters. All three were designed by Ky Phungchaleun.

Nakharath – Daughter of the Dragon King
Engraver: Larrvere

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Nang Kinnali – A symbol of feminine, beauty, grace and accomplishment renowned for her dance, song and poetry.
Engraver: Jumelet

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Norasingh – One of Vishnu avatars (Incarnation of a divine being onto earth) that serves protective functions.
Engraver: Miermont

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Souvenir sheet issued by China on July 30, 2004 (Scott #3374) depicting the Eight Immortals crossing the sea. The story goes by that the Eight Immortals were blocked by the sea on their way to a conference. The leader of the Eight Immortals then suggests they should cross the sea show casing their unique power and skill set. It's a very well known Chinese mythology.

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Eli - Bravo! We share yet another topical interest! :D

Here are images of a two-stamp souvenir sheet depicting Norse gods, designed by Faroese writer and artist Anker Eli Petersen (1959- ), printed by lithography, and issued by Faroe Islands on March 26, 2004, Scott No. 443.

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Then comes the mighty son of Hlôdyn:
(Odin's son goes with the monster to fight);
Midgârd's Veor in his rage will slay the worm.


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Thor, Norse god of thunder, fighting Midgârd serpent, Scott No. 443a, Facit No. 485. Note Thor's hammer, Mjölnir.
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Rán, Norse goddess of the sea, in fishing net, Scott No. 443b, Facit No. 486.
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Nethryk, beautiful SS, thanks :D . I have several stamps about Norse mythology and will upload them with time.

Dzhou, lovely SS :D . I didn't know about it and certainly will add it to my collection. Thanks for it and for the nice story behind it. Chinese mythology occupies a large part of my mythology collection.

Speaking about "The Eight Immortals" from Chinese mythology, in 2011, Thailand issued a set of eight gold embossed stamps, each stamp depicts one of the immortals:

The Eight Immortals are a group of legendary Xian ("immortals; transcendent; saints") in Chinese mythology. Each Immortal's power can be transferred to a power tool that can give life or destroy evil. Together, these eight tools are called "Covert Eight Immortals". They are revered by the Taoists, and are also a popular element in the secular Chinese culture.

Immortal Woman He
Health Improvement

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Royal Uncle Cao
Actors Patron

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Iron Crutch Li
Poor Protector

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Lan Cai He
Beggars Helper

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Lu Dongbin
The Teacher of Tao

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Han Xiang
Philosopher and Flutists Protector

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Elder Zhang Gou
Long Life Bringer

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Zhongli Quan
The Reviver

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Eli - Thanks! This sure will be a fun thread to follow. :)

In Southeast Asian Buddhist and Hindu mythology, kinnaris are depicted as half-bird, half-woman creatures, having the head, torso, and arms of a woman and the wings (and sometimes the tail and feet) of a swan. Kinnaris are renowned for their dance, song and poetry, and are traditional symbols of feminine beauty, grace and accomplishment. Here is an image of an engraved airmail stamp depicting a kinnari, issued by Cambodia on April 16, 1953, Scott No. C2, plus a photo of a bronze statuette of a variant version of a kinnari (note the birdie feet!)

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Nethryk, In an interview I gave to "Cambodia Daily" newspaper, I chose the Kinnari stamp as my favorite among Cambodian stamps!! thanks for the beautiful stamp!!

Chinese Creation Myths
The legend of Pan Gu and Nu Wa:


In the beginning chaos dominated the universe. This chaos coalesced into a cosmic egg for about 18,000 years. Within it, the perfectly opposed principles of Yin and Yang became balanced and Pan Gu emerged from the egg. Pan Gu separated Yin from Yang, creating the Earth and the Sky. To keep them separated; Pan Gu stood between them and pushed up the Sky.

Pan Gu creates the world:

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After that, Pan Gu was laid to rest. His breath became the wind; the eyes the sun and the moon; his body became the mountains; his blood formed rivers; his muscles the fertile lands; his facial hair the stars; his fur the forests; his bones the minerals; his bone marrows became diamonds; his sweat fell as rain; and the fleas on his fur carried by the wind became the fish and animals.

Pan Gu creates the animals:

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Nu Wa, the Goddess then used the mud of the water bed to form the shape of humans. These humans were very smart since they were individually crafted. Nu Wa then became bored of individually making every human so she started putting a rope in the water bed and letting the drops of mud that fell from it become new humans. These new humans became the poor common people.

Nu Wa creates mankind:

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Nu Wa fixes the sky:

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¡Happy Cinco de Mayo, amigos!

El Ángel de la Independencia ("The Angel of Independence"): Crowning a victory column in Mexico City there is a 6.7 meter (22 ft) tall gilded bronze statue by French/Italian sculptor Enrique Alciati of Nike, the Greek goddess of Victory. But in Mexico, this figure is commonly known as the "Angel." Here is an image of an engraved airmail stamp depicting a detail of the "Angel," issued by Mexico on December 15, 1958 to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Scott No. C245, plus a photo of the entire "Angel" statue.

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Kofuku-ji is a Buddhist temple in the city of Nara, Nara Prefecture, Japan. Among its treasures is an 8th-century standing figure of Ashura, one of the Eight Buddhist Guardian Deities (Hachi Bushu) in Japan. This colored hollow dry lacquer figure is 153.0 cm (60.2 in) tall. Here is an image of an engraved stamp depicting the upper part of the Ashura figure, issued by Japan on February 1, 1968, Scott No. 944.

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Nethryk, :) :) :) :) :) !

Maori Mythology
Spirits and Guardians:


New Zealand issued the following beautiful stamps showing characters from the Maori mythology:

Araiteuru
A female taniwha said to have arrived from the homeland of Hawaiki before the original migrants. She had eleven sons and each went on a journey of exploration, digging a trench with their nose as they went. Together they created the many branches of the Hokianga Harbour.

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Kurangaituku
The giant bird-women who stalked prey in the forest, standing tall as a tree and spearing birds and lizards with her fingernails.

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Te Hoata and Te Pupu
Two sisters, considered the origin and personification of the supernatural fire that creates volcanoes and thermal activity.

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Patupaiarehe
Handsome, uncanny people who lived on hilltops and other remote places. Their houses were built from swirling mist, and the fairies themselves were usually glimpsed on misty, overcast days. The men were expert flute players.

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Te Ngarara-huarau
A well-told story tells how a giant reptile kidnaps a woman, makes her his wife, then is killed by her people.

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Tuhirangi
A taniwha who travelled with Kupe from Hawaiki when he discovered the Land of the Long White Cloud (New Zealand). In the late 19th century, Tuhirangi became associated with a white dolphin that inhabited a stretch of water off Pelorus Sound, north of French Pass. While Europeans called the dolphin Pelorus Jack, Maori people recognized him as Tuhirangi.

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Eli - This is a fun topic for sure.

Here are images of the four airmail stamps in a set depicting mythological beings and legends associated with festivals celebrated by Theravada Buddhists across Southeast Asia. All four stamps were designed by Marc Leguay, and issued by Laos on February 19, 1962, Scott Nos. C39-C42.

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The Pou Gneu Nha Gneu Legend is a creation legend which includes the domestication of a lion named Sing Keo Sing Kham. People of the Luang Prabang region hold processions with characters of the legend. Engraved by Roger Fenneteaux.
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The Garuda are enormous predatory birds endowed with intelligence and social organization. Engraved by André Frères.
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Hanuman, the White Monkey, is a demon-fighter and a central character in the Indian epic Ramayana. Engraved by Jean Pheulpin.
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Nang Teng One Legend. All I know about this legend is that it obviously includes a serious difference of opinion about something! Also engraved by Jean Pheulpin.
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Nang Teng One Legend. All I know about this legend is that it obviously includes a serious difference of opinion about something! Also engraved by Jean Pheulpin.
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Nethryk,

The Nang Teng One Legend goes like that King Mahavong married with Nang Teng One, a daughter of King of crocodiles. She gave birth while King Mahavong was away. An evil woman took the baby and substituted him by baby crocodile. King Mahavong suspected that the Queen was unfaithful, so she was banished from the court. The boy, at age 12, knowing who he really was, went to steal a sacred horse from the King. A battle between the King army and the boy guardians started as is shown in the beautiful stamp you uploaded. Thanks for that.

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Buddhist Mythology
Jataka - Stories about the previous lives of the Buddha
The Legend of Prince Phra Wetsandon (Lao version):


Jātaka refer to a collection of legends concerning the previous births of the Buddha as were told by the Buddha himself in his sermons to emphasize certain moral ways of life. Here is one of the famous Jataka stories telling about the Prince Wetsandon, one of the previous lives of Buddha:

The prince Phra Wetsandon was a son of King Sanxai and Queen Phoutsadee. He and his wife, Nang Matxee, had two children.

Prediction of Prince Phra Wetsandon birth- Laos,1975:

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One day, Prince Wetsandon gave the Kingdom's white elephant to nearby country that suffered from drought. This white elephant causes good luck and brings rain. Indeed, rain came soon to the country but, unfortunately, cease to come to Sanxai's Kingdom and people could not begin their planting.

Prince Wetsandon is giving the Kingdom's white elephant - Laos, 2001:

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When King Sanxai heard about the gift, he sent Phra Wetsandon Prince and his family into exile to a forest.

In the way to exile - Thailand, 1998:

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In the way to exile - Laos, 1975:

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The Prince and his family in the forest - Laos, 2001:

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One day, a Brahman named Xuxouk, asked the Prince to give him his children to be his servants since his wife is a lazy and shrew lady. Prince Wetsandon, without hesitation, gave the Brahman his two children. Nang Matxee, the Prince’s wife, collapsed when hearing the news about her children.

Xuxoux, the Brahman, and his wife - Laos, 1964:

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Prince Wetsandon children are taken to slavery - Laos, 2001:

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When god Indra heard about the Prince merits he decided to test him. He came to earth as a Brahman and asked from the Prince his wife. When the Prince gave his wife, all celestial beings rejoiced, god Indra resumed his human image and returned Nang Matsee back to Prince Wetsandon as a gift (so he can’t give her as a gift to others)

God Indra and Prince Wetsandon - Laos, 1975:

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Meanwhile, the Brahman Xuxouk and the Prince children accidentally arrived at King Sanxai's Kingdom. The King recognized them and understood that it is one of his son merits. He ordered to arrest Xuxouk and sent a grand procession to bring back Prince Wetsandon and his family from exile to rule the Kingdom.

Arresting the Brahman - Laos, 1964:

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Prince Wetsandon is returning to the Kingdom - Laos, 1975:

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The Phra Wetsandon legend teaches us about important elements in Buddhism – Renunciation and giving.

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Eli - Thanks for sharing the low down Nang Teng One. I suppose the moral of that story is "Never smile at a crocodile?" :D

Here are images of four stamps depicting characters from Greek myths and associated flowers and plants, designed by Greek artist and engraver A. Tassos (pseudonym of Anastasios Alevizos, 1914-1985), printed by lithography, and issued by Greece on September 15, 1958 as the first four values in a set of eight stamps publicizing the International Congress for Protection of Nature, held in Athens, Scott Nos. 624-27.

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Narcissus, the hunter who fell in love with his own reflection in a pool of water, and the flower of the same name.
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Apollo and Daphne, a Naiad nymph who was transformed into a laurel tree to escape the god's romantic pursuit.
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Adonis, god of beauty and desire (hibiscus flower), and Aphrodite.
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Pitys, an Oread nymph who was pursued by Pan, and changed into a pine tree by the gods in order to escape him.
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Nethryk, very nice stamps! I like the way Greece combines its mythology to illustrate different topics. thanks :) .

Chinese Mythology

The following Chinese set of stamps, issued in 1987, depicts characters from the Chinese mythology. The stamps are well designed and very colorful and, in my humble opinion, are extraordinary stamps and one of the best sets in my mythology stamp collection:

Pan Gu creating the world:

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Nu Wa creating mankind:

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Yi shooting down Nine Suns:

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Chang Ei flying to the moon:

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Kua Fu chasing the sun:

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Jing Wei filling the sea:

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Buddhist Mythology
The Legend of Rahu – The Origin of the Eclipse


During the churning of the milk ocean, the gods received the immortalization nectar from Monini. Svarbhânu the demon sneaked between Sûrya the sun and Chandra the moon, and received nectar. Both, when realized this fraud, convinced Vishnu to cut Svarbhânu into two pieces. The upper part of Svarbhânu became Rahu, an immortal dragon head that swallows occasionally the sun or the moon as revenge causing eclipse.

Laos issued three different stamps depict Rahu:

An engraved stamp issued on February 5, 1971 as part of the set “Laotian Mythology”. Designer: Ky Phungchaleun, Engraver: Jumelet:

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An engraved stamp issued on May 11, 1973 as part of the set “Space in Retrospect”. Designer: Marc Leguay, Engraver: J. Larriviere:

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A stamp issued on June 10, 2006 as part of the set “Buddha Park of Xieng Khouane”. The stamp depicts Rahu sculpture located in the Xieng Khouane Park near Vientiane:

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Eli - Thanks!

Here is an image of a stamp depicting the mythical founders of Vietnam: Hung Vuong, Au Co and their children, designed and engraved by Pierre Forget, and issued by (South) Vietnam on April 11, 1965, Scott No. 252, plus a link to an explanation of this myth:
https://www.vietspring.org/legend/hunglegend.html

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Greek Mythology
The Olympian gods


The Twelve Olympians, also known as the Dodekatheon, were the principal deities of the Greek pantheon, residing atop a mythical Mount Olympus. The Olympians gained their supremacy in a war of gods in which Zeus led his siblings to victory over the Titans.

Mount Olympus - Greece, 1973:

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Zeus fights the Titans, Zeus altar, Pergamon - Greece, 1973:

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On February 17, 1986, Greece issued a set of twelve stamps depicting the twelve Olympian gods. The stamp designs are based on ancient Greek designs.

Hestia - Goddess of the hearth, home, architecture, domesticity, family, and the state:

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Hermes - Messenger of the gods. god of trade, thieves, travelers, sports and athletes:

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Aphrodite - Goddess of love, beauty and sexuality:

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Ares – god of war:

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Athena - goddess of wisdom:

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Hephaestus - god of fire, metalworking, stone masonry and forges:

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Artemis - goddess of the hunt, forests, hills and the moon:

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Apollo - God of music, art, oracles, archery, sun and knowledge:

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Demeter - Goddess of agriculture, fertility, sacred law and the harvest:

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Poseidon - God of the sea, earthquakes, storms, and horses:

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Hera - Queen of the gods, goddess of marriage, women and birth:

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Zeus - god of the sky, lightning, thunder, law, order and justice:

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Ajax (aka Aias) was a mythological Greek hero, the son of Telamon and Periboea, and king of Salamis. He plays an important role in Homer's Iliad and in the Epic Cycle, a series of epic poems about the Trojan War. According to myth, Ajax, boasting of his own power, defied the lightning to strike him down, and was instantly struck by it. Here is an image of a stamp depicting Ajax defying lightning, designed by Italian artist Giuseppe Rondini (1885-1955), printed by photogravure, and issued by Italy on July 1, 1936 as one of a set of 13 stamps commemorating the 2,000th anniversary of the birth of Roman lyric poet Quintus Horatius Flaccus (65 BC – 8 BC), known in the English-speaking world as Horace, Scott No. 361.

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Nethryk, it is nice to learn new things. I know this stamp but I didn't know it shows Ajaks. Thanks :) :) .

Inca Mythology
Gate of the Sun - Bolivia


The Gate of the Sun is a megalithic solid one piece stone arch or gateway constructed by the ancient Tiwanaku culture of Bolivia over 1500 years ago. The engravings that decorate the gate are believed to possess astronomical and/or astrological significance and may have served a calendrical purpose.
The lintel is carved with 48 squares surrounding a central figure. Each square represents a character in the form of winged effigy. All look to the central figure, whose identity remains an enigma. It is a figure of a man with the head surrounded by 24 linear rays that may represent rays of solar light. The styled staffs held by the figure apparently symbolize thunder and lightning. Some believe that the central figure represents the Sun god judging by the rays emitted from its head, while others have identified it with the Inca god Viracocha, the great creator god in the pre-Inca and Inca mythology in the Andes region of South America.

In 1960, Bolivia issued a set of 18 gold embossed stamps depicting carved characters from the Sun gate. Here are four of them:

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god Viracocha, the creator:

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Great idea for a thread. I will be following this one. :)

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Hindu Mythology
The Ramayana - The Adventure of god Rama


The Hindu myths are a rich collection of stories that evolved at different places and times. The events in the lives of the gods were told orally for many generations before they were compiled by the poet Maharsi Valmiki into a collection that is considered the largest epic of the Hindu mythology – the Ramayana.

Maharsi Valmiki, India, 1970:

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The Ramayana tells the adventures of god Rama and his wife, Sita, while they were in exile. Shurpanakha, sister of the demon Ravana, ruler of Lanka, fell in love with Rama but he firmly rejected her courting and offered her his brother Lakshmana. Shurpanakha pleaded Ravana to marry Sita. Ravana, cunningly and using his enormous power, kidnapped Sita and flew with her to Lanka.

God Rama – Hero of the Ramayana – Laos,1955. Designed by Marc Leguay, engraved by Pheulpin:

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Ravana – King of the Demons. India, 1974:

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Sugriva, king of the monkeys, recruited the monkeys and bears armies, headed by Hanuman, monkey god, and Jambawhan, king of bears. The monkeys and bears armies crossed to Lanka using Hanuman's enlarged body as a bridge.

Hanuman Monkey-god – the loyal servant of god Rama. Cambodia, 1964:

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A great war started between both armies and Ravana army. Finally, Ravana was defeated and Sita was rescued and reunited with Rama. They returned to their Kingdom, Rama was crowned king, and during his reign the kingdom enjoyed peace and prosperity.

The battle between the monkey army and Ravana’s army is depicted in the bottom of the SS issued by Thailand in 2005. The stamps show (left to right) - Rama and Sita, Ravana, Hanuman Monkey god and Rama fights Ravana:

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The Ramayana is a tale of devotion, separation and reunion and an expression of the eternal battle between good and evil. In general, the epic explores the tenets of human existence and the concept of Dharma – the person's righteous duty on earth.

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Eli - You're welcome. I would agree that stamp collecting is a great way to learn many interesting facts about the world.

In Aztec mythology, Tlaloc, "He Who Makes Things Sprout," was the god of rain, lightning and thunder. Here is an image of an airmail stamp depicting an illustration of Tlaloc from the 16th century Codex Magliabecchi, designed by H. Rodriguez, printed by photogravure, and issued by Mexico on November 4, 1977 to commemorate the centenary of the National Central Meterological Observatory, Scott No. C540.

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Great topic, I would like to upload some images but I dont know what is missing... (most images aren't working) :(

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Nethryk, I also see the stamps as a source of knowledge beside pleasure. Thanks for your input. :)

Amprantino, don't worry about the images. From unknown reason to me, my images disappear once a month for 24 hours. So, please come again. I would love to see your images in this thread. :)

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Greek Mythology
The Voyage of the Argonauts

The Argonauts were a group of heroes who accompanied Jason to Colchis in his quest to find the Golden Fleece. Their name comes from their ship, the Argo, which was named after its builder, Argus. The Golden Fleece belonged to the ram, which Phrixus used to flee from his father, the king of Orchomenos in Boeotia, and his stepmother, when they were preparing to sacrifice him. Phrixus reached the palace of king Aetes, who received him with honors and gave him his daughter. When Phrixus sacrificed the lamp to Zeus, he gave the Fleece to Aetes and he hung it up in an oak, in the grove of Ares and put a sleepless dragon to guard it.
The reason for the expedition was as following: King Pelias of Lokris had been warned with oracles, that he would be killed by a descendant of Aeolus and to be aware of a man with one sandal. When Jason appeared with one sandal, in order to get rid of him, he sent him to fetch the Golden Fleece. In the expedition took part all the heroes of Greece, leaded by Jason.
The Argonauts set sail from Pagasae, the port of Iolkos. After many adventures, they arrived at the river Phasis, in Colchis. There, King Aetes promised to give them the Golden Fleece, if Jason would sow the remaining teeth of the dragon, and yoke the two fire breathing oxen.
Finally, Jason with the help of his wife Medea, managed to acquire the Golden Fleece. In the end of their mission, after many adventures, the Argonauts returned to Iolkos.

“Voyage of the Argonauts” set of stamps issued by Greece in 1995:

The Departure of the Argonauts to Kolchis:

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Chasing the Harpies:

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Jason yoking the Fire-Breathing Bull:

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Jason seizes the Golden Fleece:

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Jason gives the Golden Fleece to King Pelias:

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Jason (Medor), Leader of the Argonauts Expedition and Medea (Angelica) his Wife, daughter of King Aetes of Colchis – Painting by S. Ricci, Romania, 1968:

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The Voyage of the Argonauts


Georgia issued in 1998 a sheet of six stamps depicts scenes from the voyage of the Argonauts taken from archaeological findings. The center of the sheet depicts the route of the Argonauts voyage from Iolkos, Greece to Colchis, today Georgia:

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Greek galley from Rhodes, terracotta plate (700-650 B.C.):

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Preparation for battle, vase painting (460 B.C.):

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Boreads, Phineus and Harpia, vase painting (6th cent. B.C.):

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Punishment of King Amicus, vase painting (420-400 B.C.):

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The Argonauts in Kolchis, vase painting (4th cent. B.C.):

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The Dragon vomiting Jason, vase painting (490-485 B.C.):

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Here is an image of an engraved stamp depicting Genie, Protector of Assamlangangan in African mythology, and issued by Ivory Coast on July 31, 1967 to publicize the 35th PEN Club (now known as PEN International, motto: "Poets, Essayists and Novelists") Congress, held in Abidjan, July 30 to August 5, Scott No. 256.

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Lao Mythology
The Pou Gneu Nha Gneu Creation Legend


Pou Gneu Nha Gneu Legend is a creation legend that tells about a mythical couple, Pou Gneu and Nha Gneu. They created the earth by stamping on the sea that covered the earth and planted seeds where from man appeared. They domesticated a lion named Sing Keo Sing Kham, thus they eliminated a beast that terrorized the Luang Prabang region. To commemorate this event, people of Luang Prabang hold a procession with characters of the legend.


New Year Festival in Luang Prabang - Boun Pi Mai - April 13, 2001:

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15th Anniversary of UNESCO Declaration of Luang Prabang as a World Heritage City - December 2, 2010:

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50th Anniversary of Laos - China Diplomatic Relations - April 25, 2011:

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A nice PC I received from Luang Prabang:

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Egyptian Mythology
Isis – goddess of Life


Isis is the goddess of life, motherhood, magic and fertility and a representation of the pharaoh's power. Isis is the daughter of Geb, god of the Earth, and Nut, goddess of the Sky. She married her brother, Osiris, and she conceived Horus with him.

Isis - Monuments of Nubia, Egypt, 1964:

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Isis – Post Day, Egypt, 1966:

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Isis and Osiris, god of the Underworld and the Dead – Post Day, Egypt, 1999:

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Chinese Mythology
goddess Mazu


Mazu (Lin Moniang) is the Chinese goddess of the sea who protects fishermen and sailors. According to a legend, she rescued her father and brothers the fishermen from drowning in a stormy sea.

Goddess Mazu and Mazu temple in Macau:

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goddess Mazu statue (upper right stamp). I think this statue is located in Kinmen Mazu Park, Quemoy, China:

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Here are images of the two stamps in a set depicting (respectively) Hercules separating Europe from Africa, and Hercules straddling the Straits of Gibraltar, along with the Pillars of Hercules, printed by lithography, and issued by Gibraltar on February 24, 1981, Scott Nos. 400 & 401. Cheeky!

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Beautiful stamps, Nethryk, thanks!! :) :)

Norse Mythology
god Odin


Odin is a principal member of the Aesir, the major group of the Norse pantheon. Odin is a god of war and death, but also the god of poetry and wisdom. Odin is considered the father of all gods and the creator of the world and the first people.

Odin riding on Sleipnir, the eight legged horse - Island, 2004:

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Eli - Thanks!

Here are images of the two stamps in a Europa set depicting Polish tales and legends, designed by Polish graphic artist Mieczysław Wasilewski (1942- ), printed by lithography, and issued by Poland on May 5, 1997, Scott Nos. 3338 & 3339. Note: In Slavic mythology, a rusalka (plural: rusalki) is a female ghost, water nymph, succubus, or mermaid-like demon that dwells in waterways. In the middle of the night, rusalki come out of the water and dance in the meadows. Handsome men passing by are enchanted by rusalki songs and dancing, and are then led away by the rusalki to the river bottom and to their deaths.

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Thanks for sharing, nethryk! :)

Greek Mythology
The Nine Muses


The Muses, are the goddesses of the inspiration of literature, science and the arts. They were considered the source of the knowledge, related orally for centuries in the ancient culture that was contained in poetic lyrics and myths.
The nine Muses are the daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne (memory personified). They are depicted in the following stamps issued by Greece in 1991. The designs were taken from ancient Greek relief:

Caliope – Epic Poetry
Eutrepe – Song and Elegiac Poetry
Erato – Love Poetry

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Thalia – Comedy
Clio – History
Urania – Astronomy

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Terpsichore – Dance
Melpomene – Tragedy
Polyhymnia - Hymens

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Mosaic from Vichten, Luxembourg shows the nine Muses and Homer - National Museum of History and Arts, Luxembourg, 2007:

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In Hindu mythology, Kaliya was the name of a giant, poisonous, multi-headed black serpent, called a naga, living in the Yamuna River, in Vrindavan, and terrorizing the local populace. Seeing that the people were afraid of Kaliya, Lord Krishna sprang upon him, assumed the weight of the whole universe, and danced on the naga's heads, crushing him. But Kaliya's wives pleaded with Krishna to spare the naga's life, so when Kaliya promised that he would never again harass anyone, Krishna pardoned and released him. Here is an image of a stamp depicting Lord Krishna conquering Kaliya, printed by lithography, and issued by Nepal in 1959, Scott No. 105, plus a photo of a statue depicting the incident, located at Swaminarayan Temple, Bhuj, Kutch, Gujarat, India.

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Thanks, Nethryk, for the stamp and the story behind it. :)

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Music Contest between god Apollo and Marsyas the Satyr


The satyr Marsyas challenged Apollo to a contest of music. The contest was judged by Midas. The terms of the contest stated that the winner could punish the defeated one. Marsyas lost and was flayed alive for his hubris to challenge a god.

The music contest between Apollo and Marsyas on CEPT stamp issued by Greece in 1985 to mark the European music year:

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”The punishment of Marsyas by god Apollo” by the Italian painter Tiziano (Titian) Vecelli is depicted on the following SS and stamps issued by Czechoslovakia in 1978, engraved by Josef Herčik:

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God Apollo (detail):

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Eli- Thanks! I'm glad you liked that one, too.

Al-Buraq ("Lightning") is a mythological steed resembling a sphinx, described as a creature from the heavens which transported the prophets. One story is about how Al-Buraq carried the Islamic prophet Muhammad from Mecca to Jerusalem and back again during the "Night Journey," which is mentioned in the Quran. Here is an image of a stamp depicting the Ribat of Monastir, a Tunisian fortress built in 796 CE, with Al-Buraq (apparently) tethered to its tower, designed by Tunisian artist Hatem El Mekki (1918-2003), printed by photogravure, and issued by Tunisia on October 25, 1976, Scott No. 694, plus a reproduction of a 17th century Indian (Mughal) miniature of Al-Buraq.

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The Birth of Aphrodite


Aphrodite (Roman: Venus) was a goddess of love and beauty. She symbolizes sexuality and free love, helps any one who feels true love and passion and punishes those who disrespect love.
According to one legend, Aphrodite was born of the see foam (Latin: Foam = Aphros) near Paphos, Cyprus after the Titan Cronus cut off the genitals of his father Uranus and threw them into the sea. Aphrodite rose on the beach as she rides a scallop shell.

Uranus - Greece, 1972:

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Venus Anadyomene ("Venus Rising from the Sea") is one of the iconic representations of Aphrodite. One of the famous paintings is “The Birth of Venus” painted in 1486 by the Italian painter Sandro Botticelli:

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Here are two stamps show details from Botticelli famous painting:

Venus of Botticelli “rising” to the shore of Paphos, Cyprus, 1979:

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“Italy in Japan” workshops held in Japan in 2001. The stamp shows the workshop logo: Venus of Botticelli standing inside the Italian flag and holding the red ball of the Japanese flag. Beautiful design shows the relation between the two nations:

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Eli, this is a wonderful thread, I've enjoyed reading the stories, and I particularly like the stories that are illustrated with stamps from different sets and even issued by different countries! :D

Canada has issued a number of sets about Canadian folklore. This first block, issued on 1 October 1990, depicts Legendary Creatures. Although they are not quite in the same category as the world mythologies you have shown us, I thought I could show them here.

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Sasquatch, also known as Bigfoot, is the name given to a cryptid ape- or hominid-like creature that some people believe inhabits forests, mainly in the Pacific Northwest region of North America. Sasquatch is usually described as a large, hairy, bipedal humanoid. The term sasquatch is an anglicized derivative of the Halkomelem word sásq'ets.

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Kraken is a legendary sea monster of giant proportions that is said to dwell off the coasts of Norway and Greenland. The legend may have originated from sightings of giant squid that are estimated to grow to 13–15 m (40–50 ft) in length, including the tentacles.

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The Loup-Garou is a legendary creature in Laurentian French communities linked to European notions of the werewolf. Loup is French for wolf, and garou (from Frankish garulf) is a man who transforms into an animal.

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Ogopogo or Naitaka is the name given to a cryptid lake monster reported to live in Okanagan Lake, in British Columbia, Canada. Ogopogo has been allegedly seen by First Nations people since the 19th century. The most common description of Ogopogo is a 40 to 50-foot-long (12 to 15 m) sea serpent.

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Great thread. Beautiful stamps. Papua New Guinea has some nice mythology on stamps too.

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Here is an image of a Europa stamp depicting the Greek mythological hero Hercules and Port Hercule, the only deep-water post in Monaco, designed by American artist Steve Carpenter (1945- ), engraved by Martin Mörck, and issued by Monaco on May 5, 1997, Scott No. 2044.

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Buddhist Mythology Stamps
The Life of Buddha – The Birth of Guatama Siddhartha, the Buddha


Buddha resided in the Tushita Heaven, waiting for the last lifetime in the world after many cycles of birth, death and rebirth.

The following stamp shows the Devas “Plea to the Master to descent from the Heaven”, a wall painting in Polonnaruva, Issued in 2006 by Sri Lanka to commemorate 2550 years of Buddhist Era:

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Queen Mahamaya was the wife of Suddhodana, King of Sakya. One full moon night, the queen had a dream. She was chosen to be the mother of a child that one day would become either a King or a spiritual leader.

Queen Mahamaya returned her parent’s home for delivery as it is depicted on the following stamp from Sri Lanka from the set of Buddhist Era issued in 2006:

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On the way to Mahamaya parent’s home, the Queen and her procession stopped at Lumbini. There, the Queen gave a birth while standing beneath a Sala tree holding a branch. She named the child Siddhartha.

Here are twi Thai stamps depict the birth:

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Siddhartha emerged from the Queen right side. As he started walking, Lotus flowers bloomed. Since, the Lotus flower is a symbol of purity in Buddhism. The following stamp, issued in 2007 by Thailand, shows the birth, Siddhartha walking and Lumbini, the birth place (today Nepal):

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Lumbini, Nepal – Thailand, 1971:

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In Aztec mythology and religion, Xipe Totec ("the flayed one") was a life-death-rebirth deity, god of agriculture, vegetation, the east, disease, spring, goldsmiths, silversmiths, liberation and the seasons. Here is an image of a stamp depicting Xipe, designed by G. Ugalde after an illustration in the Codex Borbonicus, an Aztec codex written by Aztec priests shortly before or after the Spanish conquest of Mexico, printed by photogravure, and issued by Mexico on June 29, 1980 to publicize the XXII Biennial World Congress of the International College of Surgeons, held in Mexico City, Scott No. 1204.

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Incan Mythology Stamps
Inti – the Sun god

Inti, also called Apu-punchau, is the Sun god in the Incan mythology and was believed to be the ancestor of the Incas. Inti was at the head of the state cult, and his worship was imposed throughout the Inca Empire. He was usually represented in human form, his face portrayed as a gold disk from which rays and flames extended.

The following gold-embossed SS was issued by Ecuador in 1977 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the central bank of Ecuador foundation. It depicts a gold-sheet mask of the Sun god Inti from the La Tolita part of the Inca Empire, exhibited in the National Museum, Quito, Ecuador.

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The Judgment of Paris


Zeus held a banquet in marriage of Paleus and Thetis (parents of Achilles) celebration. Eris, goddess of discord, was uninvited. However, she arrived at the celebration and threw a golden apple upon which was the inscription "for the fairest one". Three goddesses claimed the apple: Hera, Athena and Aphrodite. Zeus declared that Paris would judge their cases. All three appeared to Paris on Mount Ida and each attempted to bribe him with her power. Hera offered to make him King, Athena offered wisdom and skill in war and Aphrodite offered him the love of Helen of Troy, wife of King Menelaus, the world's most beautiful woman. Paris accepted Aphrodite gift, gave her the apple and received Helen (or, according to the Iliad version, abducted her). The Greek expedition to retrieve Helen from Paris in Troy is the mythological basis of the Trojan War.


“The Judgment of Paris” by Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) - Liberia, 1985:

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Goddesses Athena (left) and Aphrodite, detail from “The Judgment of Paris” by Peter Paul Rubens - Guinea Equatorial:

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“The Judgment of Paris” by Hendrick van Balen (1575-1632) – Romania, 1968:

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“The Abduction of Helen by Paris”, ancient Greek amphora – Greece, 1983:

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In ancient Greek mythology and religion Pallas Athena is the goddess of wisdom, courage, inspiration, civilization, law and justice, just warfare, mathematics, strength, strategy, the arts, crafts, and skill. Here is an image of an engraved airmail stamp depicting a statue of Pallas Athena and an airplane, designed by A. Tassos, and issued by Greece on May 15, 1954 as one of a set of three stamps commemorating the 5th anniversary of NATO, Scott No. C73.

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Nethryk, very beautiful stamp, thanks. Eli

Buddhist Mythology Stamps
The Life of Buddha – The Four Omens


Queen Mahamaya returned with her son, Prince Siddhartha, to the palace there he had a good life. At age 16, He married princess Yasodhara and a son named Rahula was born.

One day, while he was travelling outside the palace, he saw four sights, known in Buddhism as “The Four Omens”.

Those four sights are depicted on the following stamps issued by Sri Lanka in 2013 to celebrate Vesak (Buddha Birthday festival):

Prince Siddhartha encountered an old man:

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Prince Siddhartha encountered a diseased man:

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Prince Siddhartha encountered a decaying corpse:

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Prince Siddhartha encountered an ascetic man who has abandoned the material world:

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Those four sights impressed Prince Siddhartha and became decisive turning point in his life.

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Zeus - The Father of gods


Zeus (Roman: Jupiter) is the "Father of Gods and men" who rules the Olympians of Mount Olympus, god of the sky and rain. His weapon is thunderbolt which he hurls at those who displease him. His main consort was Hera.

Bronze statue of Zeus scaling bolt of lightening, Dodona, Greece – Greece, 1972:

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Statue of Zeus at Olympia, by Phidias ca. 435 BC, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World – Hungary, 1980:

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Statue of Zeus, ca. 460 BC, National Archaeological Museum, Athens, Greece – Bhutan (Plastic stamp), 1971:

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Jupiter (Zeus) Roman temple in Damascus, Syria – Syrian Arab Republic, 1962:

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“The Meeting of Marie de' Medici and Henry IV at Lyons” by Peter Paul Rubens, 1622. This painting allegorically depicts Mary and Henry as gods Juno and Jupiter (Hera and Zeus). Behind Juno, her chariot and two peacocks, her symbol. – Upper Volta, 1977:

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