Omphalos Symbolism

In India, the navel (nabhi) is linked with creation and with samana which is one of the 5 types of prana . In the West, the Omphalos is seen as the Umbilicus or the Navel of the World, and is associated with Jerusalem. In another version the Omphalos recurs at Delphi as the Upper half of an Egg shape. In the Orphic tradition we find Eros in the form of the Protogonos (the first born) emerging out of a cosmic or world egg. Above his head is the upper half of an egg corresponding to the Omphalos.