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In approximately 1500 entries, a lot 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 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 varied as Tao, Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism,

With over 2 hundred illustrations and full of life, informative and sometimes ironic texts, she discusses and explains a major 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, 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 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 diversified 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. -- Publisher's descrption.

With over two hundred illustrations and energetic, informative and infrequently 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

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The golden bristles of Frey’s boar, Gulliburstin, are the sun’s rays. Siberian: Courage; steadfastness; conquest; all warrior qualities. Sumero-Semitic: The winged boar slew Tammuz; the boar can be a messenger of the gods. These Scandinavian warriors wear boar helmets to place themselves under the protection of Frey and Freyja. Boat See SHIP. Bonds Symbolized by all things that bind or ensnare: ropes, cords, fetters, manacles, knots, nooses, halters, snares, nets, chains, threads, etc. These are all attributes of ‘gods who bind’ and funerary gods who hold powers of binding and loosing, life and death, who are also judges of the dead, binding and ensnaring the guilty and freeing the just.

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. Sacred to Zeus/Jupiter. Alpha The beginning; the First Principle from which all things proceed.

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. The sacrificial fire was the Boar of the Woods.

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