Start your review of An Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Traditional Symbols Write a review Jun 06, Michael McGuinness rated it it was amazing I came across this book in the library years ago and finally bought a copy just recently. There are a lot of books on symbolism but I have always found this one particularly useful, because of its format. The format is alphabetical and each entry covers several different cultures and their particular symbolic use of the particular image, but each entry starts with its universal or general symbolic meaning. This means that the book is useful both for the student of particular cultures and their I came across this book in the library years ago and finally bought a copy just recently. This means that the book is useful both for the student of particular cultures and their symbology, and symbology in general. It is superior to other symbol books because it treats its subject matter more seriously, divested of any new age fancifulness, and is much more comprehensive and methodical.
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Here, he focuses on "Little People" and giants, animals and were-creatures, and the odd, helpful or threatening ways imputed to our earthly companions including dogs and cats, bats and spiders, and the stories people have told each other about them since time immemorial. Gary Varner has performed a valuable service in these books. Varner shows there really are obvious and puzzling similarities between widely separated cultures. Gary Varner has pointed the way to some important cross-cultural readings in the ageless themes of stone and water.
This book is a must for anyone interested in megalithic sites. Most highly recommended. What results is a fascinating weave of stories and images, descriptions of sites and associated tales, that leaves a sense of a thousand deities whispering in the air. Because it is so broad a sweep, the positive outcome is an overreaching perspective of the patterns and commonalities held between human communities - our ancestors - all around the world.
The book is a sound overview and provocation toresearch more deeply ourselves, to find alternative visions, tales and interpretations, to find out more about the sacred currents, their depths and importance - both to our ancestors and to ourselves.
A valuable piece of work. Varner is a lecturer and writer on folklore and early religions. Varner is a member of the American Folklore Society.
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9780500271254 - An Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Traditional Symbols by Cooper, J C
An illustrated encyclopaedia of traditional symbols