Dictionary of Symbols By J.c.cirlot
At each stage of civilization, folks have relied on symbolic expression, and advances in science and expertise have solely elevated our dependence on symbols. A necessary half of the traditional arts of the Orient and Western medieval traditions, symbolism underwent a twentieth-century revival with the examine of the unconscious. Certainly, symbolic language is taken into account a science, and this informative quantity presents an indispensable instrument within the examine of symbology. Its alphabetical entries–drawn from a various vary of sources, together with all of the main world religions, astrology, alchemy, numerology, heraldry, and prehistoric artwork–make clear the important and unvarying meanings of every image. Whether or not used as a reference or browsed for pleasure, this informative quantity presents a helpful key to elucidating the symbolic worlds encountered in each the humanities and the historical past of concepts. 32 b/w illustrations.