The Book of Symbols from Taschen
An exploration of symbols and their meanings throughout history, the Book of Symbols combines original and incisive essays about particular symbols with representative images from all parts of the world and all eras of history. The highly readable texts cover different eras and cultures, with over 800 beautiful full-color images that come together in a unique way to convey hidden dimensions of meaning. Each of the essays examines a given symbol’s psychic background and how it evokes psychic processes and dynamics. Etymological roots, the play of opposites, paradox and shadow, the ways in which diverse cultures have engaged a symbolic image—all these factors are taken into consideration.
Authored by writers from the fields of psychology, religion, art, literature, and comparative myth, the essays flow into each other in ways that mirror the psyche’s unexpected convergences. The Book of Symbols illuminates how to move from the visual experience of a symbolic image in art, religion, life, or dreams to directly experiencing its personal and psychological resonance.
The Book of Symbols sets new standards for thoughtful exploration of symbols and their meanings and will appeal to a wide range of readers: artists, designers, dreamers, and dream interpreters, psychotherapists, self-helpers, gamers, comic book readers, religious and spiritual searchers, writers, students, and anyone curious about the power of archetypal images.
Weight: 4.0 lb
Height: 9.5 inches; Depth: 7 inches; Width: 2 inches