Architecture, Mysticism and Mythby W. R. Lethaby
This delightful book describes the symbolism of real-world architecture, as well as architecture described in fiction, myth and folklore. Lethaby believed that architecture reflected the macrocosm. He speculated that many of the seemingly ornamental details of classical buildings actually represented aspects of the land, the sea and the sky. This is one of those books like the Golden Bough or the White Goddess that will turn you on to the mythopoetic side of reality, no matter whether you agree with its conclusions.
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In the words of James Forlong (Encycl. of Religions, 1906) 'Ancient architecture depended on ancient myth and symbolism. It must be carefully studied by all who seek the key to creeds.' Because of the nature and expense of temple-construction (in all nations and ages) its symbolism invariably embodies the essence of the religious values of the peoples involved. Lethaby's work is a permanent contribution to this field of study and presents much material not found elsewhere.