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om·pha·los

(om'fă-los),
Rarely used term for umbilicus.
[G. navel]

omphalos

(ŏm′fə-lŏs′, -ləs)
n. pl. ompha·li (-lī)
1. The navel.
2. A central part; a focal point.
3. Any of various stones revered as sacred in ancient Greek civilization, representing the center of the world.
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Making sense of the image of the omphalos is a different proposition altogether.
Or there's a limited run of Omphalos posters designed by The Kazimier and local artist Jo Wilson.
Votive offerings in the shape of an omphalos were presented to the god by pious pilgrims from all over the world.
(18) "Stone pillars were the male connections between earth and sky." (19) In modern art Georgia O'Keeffe startled her public with her unapologetically sexual flowers, as Louise Bourgeois's domed marbles with their abstracted androgynous sexuality referenced the Delphic omphalos. But as Lucy Lippard points out, Bourgeois's art corresponds to the hidden rhythms of her life at the time, yet like ancient animistic artists abstracting from nature, she transcends individual experience to communicate collective emotion through form.
They insisted that the district where they themselves happened to live--Spitalflelds, adjacent to Whitechapel, Bethnal Green and the City of London--was the true omphalos: the most representative spot in the modern world.
The term is derived from Greek (omphalos' meaning navel; lithos' meaning stone).
AND Stephen Fry vanishing up his jacksie describing The Crucible at the World Snooker Final: "It is simply the omphalos, the navel stone, the very centre of all things snooker."
Pois sem duvida e este deus que, em todos estes assuntos, e o interprete nacional para todos os homens, quando profetiza sentado no omphalos, no centro da terra.
Gosse's contact with the scientific establishment changed dramatically in 1857 after the death of his first wife and the publishing of his most controversial book, Omphalos: An Attempt to Untie the Geological Knot.
Dans la mythologie grecque, ce siege spherique est appele [beaucoup moins que] Omphalos [beaucoup plus grand que].
But for me they are also the navel, the omphalos, the centre of De Vore's art.
In "Addio a Ligonas," for exampie, he writes: "Eri omphalos del Grande Slargo / che per decenni i piu bei cammini resse, [...] Ora la morsa si serra / anche nella sua stessa maniacale / insicurezza di poter durare / senza il gran verbo delocalizzare" (Conglomerati 9).