A Glossary of Important Symbols in Their Hebrew, Pagan & Christian Forms
The ancients attached the utmost importance to the significance of trees, their poetic and impressive language. We find this when we read the Scriptures, look at our oriental rugs, or examine a Gothic cathedral. -from "Trees" What did the dolphin symbolize to the ancient Egyptians? What color is traditionally associated with the intellectual discipline of philosophy? Why did the English and Irish dread the coming of a banshee? This highly browsable and amazingly informative little volume, first published in 1912, is a guide to ancient symbology-including trees, colors, numbers, animals, angels, fabulous creatures, demons, gems, and crosses and other geometric and architectural forms-that offers the reader at a glance the interrelated crosscultural context for emblems of power, magic, and meaning. Artists and designers will find enormous inspiration, readers of mythology will find necessary grounding, and the merely curious will find endlessly engaging historical tidbits.
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altar Amaterasu ancient Angels ASSYRIAN Buddha CHINESE AND JAPANESE CHINESE Stars CHINESE Stars outlining CHRISTIAN AND MODERN circle Color conventional Emblem conventional form Emblem Country Symbol Signification Creator crown devil Divine EARLY PERSIAN EAST INDIAN EGYPTIAN Emblem of Bacchus Emblem of form Emblem of St Eternal evil faith fire form or head form Symbol form Zodiacal constellation goddess of beauty gods GRECIAN GRECIAN AND ROMAN GRECIAN Emblem Greek guardian head Emblem Heaven HEBREW AND PAGAN Hellespontine Sibyl HERALDIC horns JAPANESE Natural form Latin cross lion Mithra MODERN FORM MOHAMMEDAN Natural form Emblem Natural form Flower Natural or conventional Number number signifies Osiris outlining form Zodiacal PAGAN FORM PERSIAN purity ROMAN Emblem Sacred serpent seven Sibyl Signification EARLY CHRISTIAN Sipifies spirits Stars outlining form stone Symbol of St Symbol Signification EARLY Symbol Signification EGYPTIAN Symbol Signification HEBREW tree Usual form Emblem Usual form Signifies Virgin wisdom Zodiacal constellation