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Mount Meru as Polar Paradise

Mount Meru, in the Indian Caucasus mountains, represented as the divine lotus and as the polar paradise, from which issue the four rivers of the world. Mythographers of the late eighteenth century conflated Meru with Meros, the birthplace of Dionysus.


From Francis Wilford, "On the Geographical Systems of the Hindus, in Asiatick Researches (London, 1805), p. 8.