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By J. E. Cirlot

Humans, it really is acknowledged, are symbolizing animals. At each degree of civilization, humans have trusted symbolic expression, and advances in technological know-how and know-how have basically elevated our dependence on symbols. The language of symbols is taken into account a technological know-how, and this informative quantity deals an fundamental instrument within the research of symbology. it may be used as a reference or just browsed for excitement. lots of its entries — these on structure, mandala, numbers, serpent, water, and zodiac, for instance — might be learn as self sufficient essays. The energy of symbology hasn't ever been higher: a vital a part of the traditional arts of the Orient and of the Western medieval traditions, symbolism underwent a 20th-century revival with the examine of the subconscious, either without delay within the box of goals, visions, and psychoanalysis, and ultimately in artwork and poetry. a large viewers awaits the help of this dictionary in elucidating the symbolic worlds encountered in either the humanities and the heritage of ideas.

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