glossary

(English) Derived from the Latin trinitatem (nom. trinitas) meaning "Trinity, triad", from trinus "threefold, triple," from the plural of trini "three at a time, threefold." Trinity generally refers to the Christian symbol of God as three-in-one: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. However, this is not unique to the Christian tradition, but is the trinity is the fundamental structure of Kabbalah (which in the Tree of Life, is a series of trinities or triangles); this structure exists in every religion, even if veiled or with other names. Examples:

  • Aztec: Tepeu K’Ocumatz, Ehekatl Quetzalcoatl, Tlaloc Quetzalcoatl
  • Buddhist: Dharmakaya, Sambogokaya, Nirmanakaya
  • Egyptian: Osiris-Ra, Horus, Osiris-Isis (upper trinity); Osiris, Isis, Horus (lower trinity)
  • Gnostic: First Logos, Second Logos, Third Logos
  • Hebrew: Kether, Chokmah, Binah (upper trinity); Chesed, Geburah, Tiphereth (lower trinity)
  • Hindu: Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva (upper trinity); Shiva, Shakti, Ganesha (lower trinity)
  • Mayan: Huracan Kakulha, Chipí Kakulha, Raxa Kakulha
  • Nordic: Odin, Balder, Thor

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