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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 important 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,

With over 2 hundred illustrations and full of life, 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 varied 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, a lot of them illustrated, the writer has documented the heritage 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 a huge 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 2 hundred illustrations and energetic, 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 structures 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."--Pub. desc

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Egyptian: A solar symbol. Greek: Emblem of Zeus; also an aniconic form of Tenedos Dionysos. Hindu: Attribute of the fire god Agni, together with wood and bellows. Vishnu holds an axe with which he cuts down the tree of Samsara, the dualistic tree of Knowledge. Minoan: The origin of the double axe of Crete is uncertain. Presumably it symbolized sovereignty and the power and presence of the deity; it has been suggested that in Crete it was not so much a symbol as a direct aniconic image of the deity and was invested with supernatural power.

Amice Christian: The linen cloth with which Christ was blindfolded in the Praetorium; the helmet of a soldier of Christ. Ampulla Christian: Signified having made the pilgrimage to Canterbury. Anadem See GARLAND. Anchor Hope; steadfastness; stability; tranquillity. The Foul Anchor can also symbolize a boat and mast, in which case it takes on the significance of the union between the feminine, protective lunar boat and the masculine, phallic pole or mast. In Egypt this symbolism was further strengthened by coiling the serpent of life round the mast.

Altar The divine presence; the sacrifice; reunion with the deity by means of sacrifice; integration; thanksgiving. Its situation at the East end of the temple, cathedral or church represents the position of worship towards the sun and in the direction of paradise. Being in the shape of a tomb symbolizes the passage from death to life and from time to eternity. The steps up to the altar are ritual ascent. Stone altars, or bethels (see STONE), signify the indestructibility and everlasting duration of the divinity, associated often with the Tree as the complementary aspect of change and renewal.

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