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Freud's interpretation of a house...the meaning of the exotic karahsishi or "dogs of Buddha"...the mysterious labyrinth as a religious icon; symbols such as these reflect our thoughts and beliefs and appear in dreams, literature and religion-but their interpretation is often puzzling, obscure, even shocking. Now this encyclopedic work delves into the power of symbols and the origin of their ability to stir us. Explore the meanings of over 2,000 symbols culled from the worlds of mythology, archeology, psychology, the Bible, literature, fairy tales, folklore, and history. Ideal for the home library, for students, and for serious researchers, this beautiful volume invites both delightful browsing and serious study.
This encyclopedic guide explores the rich and varied meanings of more than 2,000 symbolsfrom amethyst to Zodiac.
Hans Biedermann (19301990) was born in Vienna, where he studied natural sciences and philosophy. Biedermann was a professor at the University of Graz in Austria. He was the author of Dictionary of Symbolism: Cultural Icons and the Meanings Behind Them, which Library Journal noted as being "valuable for its elucidation of both the esoteric and commonplace."
James Hulbert is a translator of German to English texts. His specialties include linguistics, philosophy, and social science. He earned a PhD in comparative literature from Yale University. He has published translations including Hans Biedermann's Dictionary of Symbolism, Wolfgang Lindig's Navajo: Tradition and Change in the Southwest, and Jacques Derrida's Parages.