New PDF release: An illustrated encyclopaedia of traditional symbols

By J. C. Cooper

ISBN-10: 0500012016

ISBN-13: 9780500012017

ISBN-10: 0500271259

ISBN-13: 9780500271254

In approximately 1500 entries, lots of them illustrated, the writer has documented the heritage and evolution of symbols from prehistory to our personal day. With over 2 hundred illustrations and informative and infrequently ironic texts, she discusses and explains a tremendous number of symbols extending from the Arctic to Dahomey, from the Iroquois to Oceana, and coming from platforms as varied as Tao, Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism,

With over 2 hundred illustrations and energetic, informative and infrequently ironic texts, she discusses and explains a big number of symbols extending from the Arctic to Dahomey, from the Iroquois to Oceana, and coming from structures as diversified as Tao, Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Islam, Tantra, the cult of Cybele and the good Goddess, the Pre-Columbian religions of the Western Hemisphere and the Voodoo cults of Brazil and West Africa."--Pub. desc. Read more...

summary: In approximately 1500 entries, lots of them illustrated, the writer has documented the historical past and evolution of symbols from prehistory to our personal day. With over two hundred illustrations and informative and sometimes ironic texts, she discusses and explains an incredible number of symbols extending from the Arctic to Dahomey, from the Iroquois to Oceana, and coming from platforms as diversified as Tao, Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Islam, Tantra, the cult of Cybele and the nice Goddess, the Pre-Columbian religions of the Western Hemisphere and the Voodoo cults of Brazil and West Africa. -- Publisher's descrption.

With over two hundred illustrations and energetic, informative and sometimes ironic texts, she discusses and explains a massive number of symbols extending from the Arctic to Dahomey, from the Iroquois to Oceana, and coming from structures as assorted as Tao, Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Islam, Tantra, the cult of Cybele and the good Goddess, the Pre-Columbian religions of the Western Hemisphere and the Voodoo cults of Brazil and West Africa."--Pub. desc

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Bean Immortality; transmogrification; magic power; phallic. Roman: Sacred to Silvanus. Teutonic: Eroticism; sexual pleasure. Bear Resurrection (as emerging from its winter cave of hibernation with its new-born cub in Spring); new life, hence initiation and its association with rites of passage. In hero myths the bear is solar; in inundation myths it becomes lunar and is also lunar when associated with moon goddesses such as Artemis and Diana. It is the emblem of the Kingdom of Persia and of Russia.

Siva in his aspect of Pasupati is Lord of the Beasts and statues of these deities appear with cult animals. Ankh An Egyptian symbol of life; the universe; all life both human and divine; the key of knowledge of the mysteries and hidden wisdom; power; authority; covenant. The ankh is formed of the combined male and female symbols of Osiris and Isis, the union of the two generative principles, of heaven and earth. It also signifies immortality, ‘Life to come’, ‘Time that is to come’. It has also been suggested as a Tree of Life form, or that the oval may have been eternity and the cross extension in length and breadth, that is to say from infinity to space, or it may have been the sun rising above the horizon.

Chinese: Pau-hi is a god of winds and nets. Christian: The bonds of sin and death. God ultimately binds and casts out Satan. Greek: Ouranos binds his rivals and is also destiny, and there are the fetters of Cronos as time; the Fates all weave and ensnare. Hebrew: Jahveh has snares of death and nets to punish the sinners. Hindu: The noose symbolizes knowledge and intellectual power, the force which seizes and holds firm; but it also depicts death.

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