An Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Traditional Symbols

An Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Traditional Symbols

  1. J. C. Cooper
  • ISBN 9780500271254
  • 24.10 x 15.90 cm
  • Paperback
  • 208pp
  • 210 Illustrations, 0 in colour
  • First published 1979
‘Entries are succinct, erudite and cover many cultures’ – Financial Times

In nearly 1500 entries, many of them strikingly and often surprisingly illustrated, J.C. Cooper has documented the history and evolution of symbols from prehistory to our own day.

With over 200 illustrations and lively, informative and often ironic texts, she discusses and explains an enormous variety of symbols extending from the Arctic to Dahomey, from the Iroquois to Oceana, and coming from systems as diverse as Tao, Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Islam, Tantra, the cult of Cybele and the Great Goddess, the Pre-Columbian religions of the Western Hemisphere and the Voodoo cults of Brazil and West Africa.


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