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By J. C. Cooper

ISBN-10: 0500012016

ISBN-13: 9780500012017

ISBN-10: 0500271259

ISBN-13: 9780500271254

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 infrequently ironic texts, she discusses and explains a massive 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,

With over two hundred illustrations and energetic, informative and infrequently 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 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."--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 sometimes ironic texts, she discusses and explains a big number of symbols extending from the Arctic to Dahomey, from the Iroquois to Oceana, and coming from platforms 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 2 hundred illustrations and full of life, informative and infrequently ironic texts, she discusses and explains a massive 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."--Pub. desc

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The boar which slew Adonis was sacrificed to Aphrodite. The killing of the Boar of Calydon was the slaying of Winter with the coming of the solar power in Spring. The boar is an attribute of Demeter and Atalanta. Heracles captured the wild boar of Erymanthus. Hebrew: The enemy of Israel, destroying the vine. Heraldic: One of the four heraldic animals of venery. Hindu: Varahi, the third incarnation of Vishnu, or Parjapati, who, in the form of a boar, saved the earth from the waters of chaos and was the first tiller of the soil.

Bees were believed to be parthenogenic and so signified virginity and chastity. They carry a heavenly import, and honey is the offering to supreme deities. Bees often represent the stars and are also winged messengers carrying news to the spirit world; ‘telling the bees’ of a death, or important event, is to send a message to the next world or to the spirits. Bees are messengers of oak and thunder gods. As carved on tombs they signify immortality. Celtic: Secret wisdom coming from the other world.

Pan and Priapus were protectors and keepers of bees. The Cretan Zeus was born in the cave of bees and fed by them; they are also an attribute of the Ephesian Artemis; bees fly round Cupid, who was stung by a bee. Hindu: A bee on a lotus is a symbol of Vishnu; blue bees on the forehead represent Krishna, also the Ether; a bee surmounting a triangle is Siva, Madheri, ‘the suave one’; bees as sweet pain compose the bow-string of Kama, god of love, and a train of bees follows at his back. The bee is also depicted with the lion.

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