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Symbols and Their Meanings

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How did a symbol such as the cross, which today is so commonly associated with Christianity, come to appear in the pre-Columbian art of Central America? Why does the crow stand for death, evil and bad luck in Europe but signify a creative and civilizing force in Native American culture?

Every traditional symbol bears an elemental power that transcends boundaries and holds
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Paperback, 184 pages
Published March 25th 2000 by Barns & Noble
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Ruric Amhari
Dec 29, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: mythology
Overview of symbols and how they have been used to communicate ideas about life and the natural and supernatural worlds.

Book split into a number of main sections: spirit incarnate; soul, mind and supernatural; animal world; plant kingdom; spirits of the cosmos; art and artefacts; patterns and graphics; symbol systems.

Lots of clear photos and diagrams plus easy to read and engaging text.
Stéphanie
Jul 30, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: docs
Plutôt mauvais. L'ouvrage est assez superficiel, et fournit même des informations erronées. Bref, le Dictionnaire des Symboles de Jean Chevalier reste très largement LA référence en matière d'interprétation de symboles.
Ian Kloester
Aug 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A handy reference for anyone wanting to understand the origins and meaning of visual messages placed in art over the centuries. Feels a little too jam packed. Could have suited a larger page size.
Brian Hull
Dec 17, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was really informative about a lot of general things. This is a book that I can go back to, often, to reference certain topics. Good read!
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