The use of symbolism is an art, not a science. Different people use symbols in a variety of ways and each symbol can have diverse meanings, even within the same culture. Not surprisingly, determining the meaning of symbols can be difficult. This valuable reference defines the general symbolism of over 15,000 terms, from ancient to modern, as well as specialized meanings in mythology, religion, art, literature, folklore, flower language, astrology, heraldry, numerology, and cultures the world over. From "0" to "Zu," each entry catalogs all possible connotations, listed by culture when appropriate, creating the most comprehensive symbolism dictionary available.
In his preface to The Symbolism of the Stupa Prof. Craig Reynolds writes The stupa is a symbolic form that pullulates throghout South Southeast and East Asia. In its Indian manifestations it is an extreme case in terms of architectural function: it has no usablehas a basic simplicity. In this state of the art` studt Adrian Snodrass reads the stupa as a cultural artifact. The mounment concretizes metaphyswical principles and generates multivalent meanings in ways that can be articulated with literary texts and other architectural forms. This study analyses a pattern of interrelated meanings generated by the form of the stupa. It does so by reference to myth, to ritual and to doctrine, viewing the architectural form from within the conceptual framework of the tradition to which it belongs. This approach involves questions of aim and methodology. A deeper understanding of a symbol is gained by studying the grid or net formed by its symbolic homologues. The pattern of meaning that emerges from the juxtaposition of cognate symbols does not exhaust the significance of the symbol, which is ultimately beyond worlds, but it reinforces its intimations, indicating a logical cohesion and integrity which in itself is an intimation of the all-pervasiveness of Principle. It is precisely this pattern of inter-reflection or symbols that this study attempts to delineate. By bringing together cognate symbols in apposition, it attempts to mark out the field of symbolic interactions which the stupa generates.
Author: Henri Peyre
Publisher: University of Alabama Press
Release Date: 2010-03-14
Genre: Literary Criticism
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"When Othmar Keel's book first appeared in Germany in 1972, it was a pioneering study, the first to compare systematically the conceptual world of a biblical book with that of ancient Near Eastern iconography." "First translated into English in 1978, the book has proven its lasting value for exegesis of the Psalms, the comparative study of the Bible and its world, and the study of ancient Near Eastern art and iconography."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Author: Charles William Morris
Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing
Release Date: 1993
Genre: Social Science
Charles W. Morris' doctoral thesis Symbolism and Reality, written in 1925 at Chicago under George H. Mead, has never before been published. It sets out to prove that thought and mind are not entities, nor even processes involving a psychical substance distinguishable from the rest of reality, but are explicable as the functioning of parts of the experience as symbols to an organism of other parts of experience. Being then the symbolic portion of experience, the psychical or mental can neither be sharply opposed to the rest of experience nor identical with the whole of experience. This edition includes a preface by Achim Eschbach, an extensive bibliography of Morris' works, and indices of names and subjects.
Author: P. Nas
Release Date: 1993
Genre: Social Science
This volume consists of twenty articles on the symbols and images of Third World cities, such as Jakarta, Padang, Bangkok, Beijing, Baghdad, Kathmandu, Lucknow, Francistown, Vitoria and Buenos Aires. It provides fascinating new information on a neglected phenomenon in urban studies.
Author: Milton A. Pottenger
Publisher: Kessinger Publishing
Release Date: 1994-10-01
Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit
A Treatise on the Soul of Things; How the Natural World is but a Symbol of the Real World; the Modern Church, with its Spire and Cross, and the Bible Account of Noah's Ark Symbols of the Phallic Religion. Information contained in this book: Pack of Playing Cards, or Book of Fifty-two; An Ancient Masonic Bible; Each Card a Symbol of Universal Law; U.S.A. a Masonic Nation, whose Duty and History are Read in these Ancient Sacred Symbols; Ten Digits constituting our Mathematical System; Why they are Made in the Manner they are; Why there are but Ten; They and the Ten Spot Cards Reveal the same Psychic Laws; The Lost Word Revealed; Many Masonic Symbols; Biblical Expressions given a New and Natural Explanation. A facsimile edition of a rare 1905 Masonic publication. The contents covering amongst other things the Symbolism hidden within our regular playing cards and the major arcana of the tarot, as equated to astrology and numerology with their esoteric Masonic interpretations. The Playing Card section will be of great interest to those studying the Olney H. Richmond mystic test book work. Also the publisher has added some introductory text to help clarify certain points and has included twelve separate tables to assist the student in working with Chart No. 2, as the original inner tables are rather small and difficult to read. Extremely scarce!
Author: Charles Chadwick
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Release Date: 2017-07-06
First published in 1971, this work provides a helpful introduction to the French Symbolism movement. After an introduction to the defining ideas of the movement, it explores five key Symbolist writers: Baudelaire, Verlaine, Rimbaud, Mallarme and Valery. The book concludes with a discussion of the impact of Symbolism across Europe. This book will be of interest to those studying nineteenth-century French literature.