Ok.. Here's my interpretation/theory. First, you need read or look at the whole lid/painting from left to right, bottom to top.
The first image is the Immaculate Conception. Notice the star bright star and the Bulls, Anubis, Apis, Taurus? Mary and Jesus are both wearing
The second image is when Jesus is baptized by John the Baptist. Also, notice the the hand coming down in the middle, dropping what looks like to me an
UP-SIDE down cross. ANKH? (could be the artist mistake, not sure.) There's also, what i'm assuming is an angel holding a black cloth/robe. Why black?
He was just cleansed, he's pure. Shouldn't he be wearing white? Again, maybe it's the artist way?
At this point all the figures in the first 2 images have halo's or a circular lights around their head.
The third image is the crucifixion. Only Mary, Jesus, and i'm gonna assume it's John the Baptist all have halo's/lights around their head. Jesus is
still wearing black! Why? He's pure at this point, he's cleansed, he's been baptized!
The fourth image, which is the original OP image, is the ascension into heaven. Now, my impression was, that Jesus was placed in a cave, not under a
tent, or in any type of shelter. However, this image shows a shelter of some sort, in front of the dome thing. Also, the story says; when they came
back, the rock was removed from in front of the cave and Jesus was gone. However, in this image, there is no cave, but it shows, what looks like Mary
and an Angel of some type, pushing and pulling this shelter into place under this dome shape looking object with windows. The dome image is
significant, because it's huge in the image, so it has meaning! You can also notice the under carriage of the dome, it has a hollow space, with
windows on the inside. Also, if you look inside the tent/shelter thing... there isn't a body. It looks more like a black book with a white cross on
it. Soooo, maybe the story begins here... ???
The final image is Jesus in the Heaven's with Angels. However, the figures at the bottom of the image, are of Mary and the 12 Disciples. She's still
in black, and the disciples look scared of her! Why?
Now, I'm not saying i hit the nail on the head or anything, but maybe i opened up a couple of doors for others to elaborate on..
Oh, as for the "Halo's". Well, if you look at any ancient Egyptian, Christian, Buddha, Jewish, Hindu paintings and carvings, most of the gods or
enlightened ones have a halo or ring around their head. Especially the Egyptian God of Light, The Creator, The God of Life and The SUN GOD... "Amon"
Ra.. Amun, Aten.. Or should i say: "Amen" or "Ah Mien" or "Ah Meen"
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