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Dictionary of Symbols

By: Jean Chevalier & Alain Gheerbrant

$26.00

Symbols are central to literature, religion and national identity, but they are also at the heart of our inner dream worlds, a potent source of insight into our unconscious minds. This remarkable dictionary explores the huge variety of interpretations- spiritual and sexual, official and subversive, analytical and emotional- different culture have given to the fundamental symbols of humankind.

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Symbols are central to literature, religion and national identity, but they are also at the heart of our inner dream worlds, a potent source of insight into our unconscious minds. This remarkable dictionary explores the huge variety of interpretations- spiritual and sexual, official and subversive, analytical and emotional- different culture have given to the fundamental symbols of humankind.

-Compiled by an international team of experts, from theologians and psychotherapists to astrologers and classicists

-Explains the rich symbolism of animals, birds, fish, plants and legendary creatures, from bats to centaurs and dolphins

-Gives meanings that have become attached to colours, instruments, numbers, precious stones and parts of the body

-Includes articles on seminal symbols including the Cross and the Crossroads, the Serpent and the Sphere

-Covers central figures from the Bible, antiquity and Eastern and Western mythologies

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Publisher:Penguin Reference
Binding:Paperback
Volume(s):1
About the Author:Jean Chevalier (1906-1993) was a university lecturer in philosophy and theology before working for UNESCO, where he was Director of Relations for Member States. He left in 1964 to devote himself to writing and research. He published many works on topics such as St. Augustine, Descartes, African religion, Sufism, human spirituality and transcendental meditation. Alan Gheerbrant was born in Paris in 1920. He is well-known as a poet and a traveller, and has published several accounts of his travels, notably along the Amazon and Orinoco rivers, as well as books on the ancient civilizations of Central and South America.
Product Dimensions:8 x 5.25 x 2 inches
Translator:John Buchanan-Brown
Pages:1173
Publication Date:1996