Ariadne's Clue: A Guide to the Symbols of Humankind
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Ariadne's Clue: A Guide to the Symbols of Humankind

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Symbolism is the most powerful and ancient means of communication available to humankind. For centuries people have expressed their preoccupations and concerns through symbolism in the form of myths, stories, religions, and dreams. The meaning of symbols has long been debated among philosophers, antiquarians, theologians, and, more recently, anthropologists and psychologis...more
Paperback, 480 pages
Published April 22nd 2001 by Princeton University Press (first published January 1st 1998)
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Unlike most dictionaries of symbolism written by crackpot psychics and other fools, Anthony Steven's book offers not only the legitimacy of a PhD, but also highly impressive scholarship. For anyone interested in Jung, archtypes, or the works of Joseph Campbell, this is a must have.
J. Michael
Part I "Symbolism, Evolution, and Psychology" was worthwhile in providing a framework for understanding symbol as "a language that transcends race, geography, and time." The author's premise is that symbols are the product of one's personal experiences and cultural milieu in conjunction with inherited universal tendencies. “All our archetypal patterns of thought, feeling, symbolism, and behaviour are present and expressed in us because of the contribution they made to the fitness of past
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Poznati Jungovac koji savršeno dobro nastavlja tradiciju i koristi znanje o simbolima da ih pravično protumači.
Knjiga delimično nudi osvrt na stvaranje simbola kao arhetipskih figura koje su sadržane u kolektivnom nesvesnom, a pored toga se fokusira na objašnjenje u vidu rečnika. Tako nam Stivens daje tumačenja od Fizičkog okruženja, preko Kulture i psihe pa sve do čovekovog Tela.
Michelle Snyder
Unique cross reference for symbols and mythology. Actually a pretty good read if you like both those subjects, or can be used like an encyclopedic source. Well researched.
A long collection of symbols grouped in themes. Useful to just look at once in awhile, as well as to read all the way through.
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