Symbols and Their Meanings

Symbols and Their Meanings

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Sterling
Some of the most familiar icons we see around us every day--things we associate with luck or longevity, religion and magic--had deeper, more fascinating meanings at their inception. Since symbols predate writing as a way of communication, they became, for humanity, visual shorthand. Plants and animals, patterns and graphics, the cosmos, the human body--they each have played a significant part in the profound messages sent throughout the centuries. Complete with a reference section covering the major symbol systems, this volume offers a look at how symbolism constantly renews itself as a way for different cultures to give significance to human life.

The most familiar icons we see every day—things we associate with luck or longevity, religion and magic—had deeper, more fascinating meanings at their inception. Complete with a reference section covering the major symbol systems, this volume offers a look at how symbolism constantly renews itself as a way for different cultures to give significance to human life.


Baker & Taylor
Explains the meaning given by various cultures to animals, plants, patterns, and parts of the body, and addresses symbol systems including the Tarot and the I Ching.

Book News
A charming presentation, generously illustrated, identifying and explaining meanings that various cultures have ascribed to the representation of parts of the body, animals, plants, the cosmos, arts and artefacts (buildings, tools, weapons, masks), and patterns and graphics (the cross, the circle, geometric forms and patterns, colors). A final section addresses symbol systems, including astrology, the I Ching , the Tarot, numbers, alchemy, and the Cabbala. The scope is quite large, but the attractive and accessible design and organization of the material makes this book an enjoyable browse and a useful reference. Tressider is a writer of various stripes who is based in France. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: [London?] : Friedman/Fairfax ; New York : Distributed by Sterling Pub. Co., c2000
ISBN: 9781586630461
1586630466
Characteristics: 184 p. : col. ill. ; 29 cm

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