An Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Traditional Symbols

Author: J. C. Cooper

Publisher: Thames & Hudson

ISBN: 0500770913

Category: Design

Page: 208

View: 373

In nearly 1500 entries, many of them strikingly and often surprisingly illustrated, J. C. Cooper has documented the history and evolution of symbols from prehistory to our own day. With over 200 illustrations and lively, informative and often ironic texts, she discusses and explains an enormous variety of symbols extending from the Arctic to Dahomey, from the Iroquois to Oceana, and coming from systems as diverse as Tao, Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Islam, Tantra, the cult of Cybele and the Great Goddess, the Pre-Columbian religions of the Western Hemisphere and the Voodoo cults of Brazil and West Africa.

The Continuum Encyclopedia of Symbols

Author: Udo Becker

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9780826412218

Category: Reference

Page: 345

View: 4613

An alphabetical reference with more than 1,500 entries that trace symbols to their cultural, religious, or mythological origins, and explain the hidden or encoded meaning that lies concealed beneath objects' and concepts' ordinary, outward appearance.

Dictionary of Symbols

An Illustrated Guide to Traditional Images, Icons, and Emblems

Author: Jack Tresidder

Publisher: Chronicle Books (CA)

ISBN: 9780811818889

Category: Social Science

Page: 240

View: 1644

Presents historical information and cultural definitions of signs and symbols from mythology, folklore, and religion

The Woman's Dictionary of Symbols and Sacred Objects

Author: Barbara G. Walker

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0062288873

Category: Reference

Page: 576

View: 6069

This fascinating guide to the history and mythology of woman-related symbols features: Unique organization by shape of symbol or type of sacred object 21 different sections including Round and Oval Motifs, Sacred Objects, Secular-Sacred Objects, Rituals, Deities' Signs, Supernaturals, Body Parts, Nature, Birds, Plants, Minerals, Stones and Shells, and more Introductory essays for each section 753 entries and 636 illustrations Alphabetical index for easy reference Three-Rayed Sun The sun suspended in heaven by three powers, perhaps the Triple Goddess who gave birth to it (see Three-Way Motifs). Corn Dolly An embodiment of the harvest to be set in the center of the harvest dance, or fed to the cattle to `make them thrive year round' (see Secular-Sacred Objects). Tongue In Asia, the extended tongue was a sign of life-force as the tongue between the lips imitated the sacred lingam-yoni: male within female genital. Sticking out the tongue is still a polite sign of greeting in northern India and Tibet (see Body Parts). Cosmic Egg In ancient times the primeval universe-or the Great Mother-took the form of an egg. It carried all numbers and letters within an ellipse, to show that everything is contained within one form at the beginning (see Round and Oval Motifs).

Symbolic and Mythological Animals

Author: J. C. Cooper

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 9781855381186

Category: Animals

Page: 267

View: 9213

This A-Z of symbolic and mythological animals concentrates specifically on the stories associated with birds and beasts from around the world. Entries vary in length depending on the importance of the animal, fowl, insect or fish, with practically every creature having some symbolic or mythological significance. In addition the book examines the fabulous monsters of legend, and there are more general entries such as totems, fetishes, animal guardians and animal worship. The guide concludes with a bibliography.


A Comprehensive Dictionary, 2d ed.

Author: Steven Olderr

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786469552

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 234

View: 2862

The use of symbolism is an art, not a science. Different people use symbols in a variety of ways and each symbol can have diverse meanings, even within the same culture. Not surprisingly, determining the meaning of symbols can be difficult. This valuable reference defines the general symbolism of over 15,000 terms, from ancient to modern, as well as specialized meanings in mythology, religion, art, literature, folklore, flower language, astrology, heraldry, numerology, and cultures the world over. From "0" to "Zu," each entry catalogs all possible connotations, listed by culture when appropriate, creating the most comprehensive symbolism dictionary available.

Dictionary of Symbolism

Author: Hans Biedermann

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780816025930

Category: Fiction

Page: 465

View: 4002

Includes the meanings and origins of over 2000 symbols.


the universal language

Author: J. C. Cooper

Publisher: N.A


Category: Social Science

Page: 128

View: 2497


A Dictionary of Symbols

Author: J. E. Cirlot

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486132668

Category: Social Science

Page: 528

View: 1315

A valuable reference, this informative and entertaining volume presents a key to elucidating the symbolic worlds encountered in both the arts and the history of ideas. 32 black-and-white illustrations.

Chinese Alchemy

Taoism, the Power of Gold, and the Quest for Immortality

Author: Jean Cooper

Publisher: Weiser Books

ISBN: 1609259823

Category: Religion

Page: 168

View: 5125

Here in one slender volume is a basic introduction to Chinese alchemy—a tradition that dates back 5,000 years. Chinese alchemy, largely associated with Taoism, has a recorded history of more than 2,000 years, but traditionally it goes back even further to nearly 3000 BC and the time of the Yellow Emperor. While Western alchemy was concerned with the search for spiritual and material gold, classic Taoist alchemy was a mystical quest for immortality with its aim being union with the Absolute. Jean Cooper describes the history and development of Taoist alchemy, compares it to similar traditions in India and Turkistan, and gives it context by contrasting it with the rationale of the Western hermetic tradition. As she writes in her concluding chapter: The whole work of alchemy is summed up in the phrase "To make of the body a spirit and of the spirit a body". . . . The goal of the Taoist alchemist-mystic was transformation, or perhaps more correctly, transfiguration, of the whole body until it ceases to "be" and is absorbed into and becomes the Tao. This is an essential guide for anyone interested in Chinese legend and lore, Chinese magic and medicine, and Taoism.


A Universal Language

Author: Joseph Piercy

Publisher: Michael O'Mara Books

ISBN: 1782430733


Page: 179

View: 6386

Symbols: A Universal Language looks at the story behind the world's most famous symbols, from the peace sign to the smiley. It shows just how much importance has been attached to the smallest and simplest of ideas and features over 40 of the most significant symbols from religion, politics and popular culture down the centuries. Did you know that 15% of all tweets on twitter contain the hash tag symbol? That's over 41 million uses of # each day. Or that the 'smiley face' originated in Massachusetts in the 1960s? This fascinating book highlights the roles symbols have played throughout history and how they have shaped our understanding of the world.

The Book of Symbols

Author: Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism

Publisher: Taschen America Llc

ISBN: 9783836514484

Category: Art

Page: 807

View: 4044

Offers photograph illustrations and essays on numerous symbols and symbolic imagery, exploring their archetypal meanings as well as cultural and historical context for how different groups have interpreted them.

Dictionary of Symbols

Author: Carl G. Liungman

Publisher: W W Norton & Company Incorporated

ISBN: 9780393312362

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 596

View: 4365

Describes the functions, meanings, and history of nearly fifteen hundred symbols, including those from religion, science, and alchemy

The Complete Dictionary of Symbols

Author: Jack Tresidder

Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press

ISBN: 9780811847674

Category: Reference

Page: 544

View: 6261

Describes the origins, history, and meaning of a variety of signs and symbols that appear in art, literature, mythology, and religion, covering more than two thousand symbols, figures, and themes and drawing from classical myth, biblical text, and other traditional and cultural items. Original. 17,500 first printing.

1000 Symbols

What Shapes Mean in Art and Myth

Author: Rowena Shepherd,Rupert Shepherd

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781782404569


Page: 352

View: 9413

Symbols are often seen as constituting an international language and to some extent they do, but that language is far from universal--context means everything in this complicated but engrossing form of communication. Take, for example, a cross, a crane, or a swastika: each one has a different and distinct significance and meaning for a Buddhist, an art historian, or a student of the occult. 1000 Symbols resolves the problem by offering groupings of related symbols, every one with a neat definition of its history and its cross-cultural meanings.

The Illustrated Signs and Symbols Sourcebook

Author: Adele Nozedar

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780007951314


Page: 400

View: 3439

Unlock the lost and hidden meanings of the world's ancient and modern signs and symbols. This is the most comprehensive reference book on symbolic objects that you'll ever find.

A dictionary of symbols

Author: Jean Chevalier,Alain Gheerbrant

Publisher: Penguin Group USA


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 1174

View: 1199

Discusses symbolism in folklore, art, and literature


A Handbook for Seeing

Author: Mark Fox,Angie Wang

Publisher: The Monacelli Press, LLC

ISBN: 1580934722

Category: Design

Page: 255

View: 4718

Symbols- A Handbook for Seeingadopts an entirely new approach to the familiar symbols resource. Eschewing the traditional approach to the symbols compendium, which favors classical examples and psychological interpretations, Symbolsdraws on traditions both historical and contemporary, sacred and profane. The sources for these visual manifestations range from Greco-Roman art, fine art photography, ceramics, modern architecture, ancient coins, Soviet propaganda, textiles, and much, much more. The thematic sections-Natural, Animate, Human, Built, and Abstract-include dozens of entries packed with well over 700 witty and surprising visual examples by well-known artists and vernacular makers alike. A book that informs, but also inspires, Symbolsis a new kind of symbols resource for today's artists and designers.