Dictionary of Symbols

Dictionary of Symbols

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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.

Alain Gheerbrant was born in Paris in 1920. He is well known as a poet and 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.

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 - sexual and spiritual, official and subversive, analytical and emotional - different cultures have given to the fundamental symbols of mankind.

This book was compiled by an international team of 15 experts, bringing together the insights of theologians and travel writers, philosophers and psychotherapists, classicists, astrologers and art critics. An extensive number os subjects are analysed: Acacias, Bats, Centaurs and Dolphins: the rich symbolism of animals, birds, fish, plants - and legendary creatures; The meanings which have become attached, all over the world, to colours, instruments, numbers, precious stones and parts of the body; Seminal symbols such as the Cavern, the Cross and the Crossroads, the Serpent, the Soul and the Sphere; Central figures from the Bible, antiquity and the mythologies of East and West.

Product Code 1014738
ISBN 9780140512540
author Jean Chevalier;Alain Gheerbrant
format Paperback
GTIN 9780140512540
pages 1184
published September 1996
publisher Penguin Books
Translation John Buchanan-Brown
Dimensions 198 mm X 129 mm
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