A dictionary of symbols

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Penguin Books, 1996 - Literary Criticism - 1174 pages
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Symbols are central to literature, religion and national identity, but they are also at the heart of our inner dream-worlds, a potent source of insight into our unconscious minds. This remarkable dictionary explores the huge variety of interpretations- sexual and spiritual, official and subversive, analytical and emotional- different cultures have given to the fundamental symbols of humankind. Compiled by an international team of fifteen experts, bringing together the insights of theologians and travel writers, philosophers and psychotherapists, classicists, astrologers and art critics; Acacias, Bats, Centaurs and Dolphins- the rich symbolism of animals, birds, fish, plants- and legendary creatures; The meanings which have become attached, all over the world, to colours, instruments, numbers, precious stones and parts of the body; Essay-lenght entries on seminal symbols such as the Cavern, the Cross and the Crossroads, the Serpent, the Soul and the Sphere; Central figures from the Bible, antiquity and the mythologies of East and West.

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One of my favourite reference books. - Goodreads
An excellent reference on symbols. - Goodreads
This book is part reference and part interest-reading. - Goodreads
... as it's a reference. - Goodreads

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What an absolute trip. I don't feel right rating this book, nor can I say I've read it, per se. This 1200 page tome is a testament to many things: likeness and difference across culture, obsession and ... Read full review

Review: The Penguin Dictionary of Symbols

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What an absolute trip. I don't feel right rating this book, nor can I say I've read it, per se. This 1200 page tome is a testament to many things: likeness and difference across culture, obsession and ... Read full review

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