By J. E. Cirlot

ISBN-10: 0486425231

ISBN-13: 9780486425238

ISBN-10: 0880297026

ISBN-13: 9780880297028

Humans, it really is acknowledged, are symbolizing animals. At each degree of civilization, humans have depended on symbolic expression, and advances in technological know-how and expertise have purely elevated our dependence on symbols. The language of symbols is taken into account a technology, and this informative quantity bargains an vital device within the examine of symbology. it may be used as a reference or just browsed for excitement. a lot of its entries — these on structure, mandala, numbers, serpent, water, and zodiac, for instance — may be learn as autonomous essays. The power of symbology hasn't ever been better: an important a part of the traditional arts of the Orient and of the Western medieval traditions, symbolism underwent a 20th-century revival with the examine of the subconscious, either at once within the box of desires, visions, and psychoanalysis, and ultimately in artwork and poetry. a large viewers awaits the help of this dictionary in elucidating the symbolic worlds encountered in either the humanities and the heritage of ideas.

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