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In approximately 1500 entries, lots of them illustrated, the writer has documented the background 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 structures as different as Tao, Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism,

With over 2 hundred illustrations and vigorous, 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 various 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 background 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 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. -- Publisher's descrption.

With over two hundred illustrations and vigorous, informative and infrequently 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 assorted 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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Sacred to Buddha as the tree under which he attained enlightenment. Boar Ambivalent as both solar and lunar; as solar the boar is the masculine principle, but when white it becomes lunar and is also feminine as the watery principle and a dweller in the swamps. It is also intrepidity, lust, gluttony. Celtic: A sacred animal; the supernatural; prophecy; magic; warfare; protection of warriors; hospitality. It is associated with gods and magic powers and with the tree, wheel, ravens and the human head, and was sacrificed to Derga.

Islamic: The faithful; intelligence; wisdom; harmlessness. Bees ‘benefit fruit blossoms, practise useful things, work in the daytime, do not eat food gathered by others, dislike dirt and bad smells, and obey their ruler; they dislike the darkness of indiscretion, the clouds of doubt, the storm of revolt, the smoke of the prohibited, the water of superfluity, the fire of lust’ (Ibn al-Athir). Mithraic: The soul; the vital principle springing from the bull as connected with the bull-ox-bone-bee. Bees and oxen, as sexless, were regarded as androgynous.

The purity of the Virgin. Hebrew: ‘Skeked’ – to waken and watch. Iranian: The Tree of Heaven. Phrygian: The father of all things: Spring. It is associated with the birth of Attis, the almond having sprung from the male genitalia of the androgynous Cybele. In his Vision of the Blessed Gabriele, Crivelli encloses the Virgin and Child in an almond-shaped VESICA PISCIS, formed by the two intersecting circles symbolic of each of the holy persons’ all-perfection. Aloe Bitterness, but also integrity and wisdom.

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