In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful
History preserves numerous puzzles and riddles, as well as countless numbers of lies, hypocrisy, falsifications and attempts to conceal the Truth.
Once upon a time, when peace and harmony reigned between heaven and earth, when falsehood and anger only started poisoning human hearts, a brave young man ventured to seek the Truth which hid itself from people because of avidity and spite emerging in them. The young man believed once he finds the Truth he would bring back peace and concord to humanity. Thus, having travelled all over the world in search of the Truth, on a sage’s advice he finally climbed up a very high mountain and found a stream of crystal pure water where a beggar woman in rags was sitting under a pomegranate. The youngster approached her and asked whether she had seen the Truth anywhere around.
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In different times, same ornament elements were perceived and used in different ways, depending on people’s beliefs and views of the surrounding reality. Ornaments were attached a special interpretation, visual solution and style to. For instance, in ancient heathen beliefs a rose (rosette) was the flower of goddess Venus – the symbol of love and beauty; in the Middle Ages it symbolized the flower of the Mother of God, and in Islam it is the symbol of heavenly life and cosmic power: “rose blazes as the gift of the sun, while its petals are small moons”. Ancient decorative elements have been preserved in traditional arts of the peoples of Africa, Australia and Oceania, in ornaments of South American Indians. Their ornaments and decorative motifs include both real and geometric, conventionally stylized shapes.
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