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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The Gold Standard

User Review  - sonoranabode - Overstock.com

This is my third copy of this dictionary I use it daily. I recommend it to my peers and to my students. It is the gold standard by which to measure other symbol dictionariesencyclopaedias.An exceptional value for a valuable resource. Read full review

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User Review  - ChuckB - LibraryThing

Every writer and poet needs a book like this--bulky, maybe, for a paperback--but it is FILLED with ideas and explanations of thousands of symbols. A useful tool for writers and readers! Read full review

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