The Pegasus Map

This is a map made in 1581 by Heinrich Bunting (Hanover) depicting Asia Minor, Asia Major and India as the flying horse Pegasus. It seems intended to describe the flow of knowledge from Anatolia and Armenia at the head, down through the throat of Syria and Phoenicia to Arabia; across the saddle of Mesopotamia and Persia; and finally into India and Malay Peninsula. The wings represent Central Asia and Siberia.

As the steed of the messenger gods, Pegasus is used here as a unifying religious symbol of enlightenment. As I've mentioned before, Pegasus is an anthropomorphization of the psychoactive Peganum Harmala seed used as a "magic carpet" dye in Persian rugs, represented here across the back of Pegasus. We might interpret this entire region as one land unified through the flying sensation of Peganum Harmala used in entheogenic communions to induce visions of the gods.