A Dictionary of Symbols (Dover Occult) by J. E. Cirlot

By J. E. Cirlot

Humans, it is acknowledged, are symbolizing animals. At each degree of civilization, humans have trusted symbolic expression, and advances in technology and know-how have basically elevated our dependence on symbols. The language of symbols is taken into account a technology, and this informative quantity bargains an quintessential software within the research 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 — could be learn as self reliant essays. The power of symbology hasn't ever been better: a necessary a part of the traditional arts of the Orient and of the Western medieval traditions, symbolism underwent a 20th-century revival with the research of the subconscious, either without delay 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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