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Lama

Lama
 
"Lama" means path or road in the vulgar Tibetan language, but in that figurative sense it conveys the meaning of way: as the "way to wisdom or salvation." Strangely enough it also means "cross." It is the Roman figure X or ten, the emblem of perfection or perfect number, and stood for ten with the Egyptians, Chinese, Phœnicians, Romans, &c. It is also found in the Mexican secular calendars. The Tartars call it lama from the Scytho-Turanian word lamh, hand, (from the number of fingers on both hands), and it is synonymous with the Jod of the Chaldees, "and thus became the name of a cross, of the High Priest of the Tartars, and of the Lamaic Messenger of God," says the author of the Book of God; "Commentaries on the Apocalypse." With the Irish luam signifies the head of the Church, a spiritual chief.
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