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

By J. E. Cirlot

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 deals an quintessential software within the examine of symbology. it may be used as a reference or just browsed for excitement. lots of its entries — these on structure, mandala, numbers, serpent, water, and zodiac, for instance — will be learn as self sustaining essays. The energy of symbology hasn't ever been larger: 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 examine of the subconscious, either at once within the box of goals, visions, and psychoanalysis, and in some way 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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