Sacred Symbols: A Visual Tour of World Faith

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Throughout history, symbols have formed and shaped our mental and emotional states, and influenced our behavior. Robert Adkinson's compendium of religious, philosophical, and cultural emblems from a variety of contexts reveals the universal power of these elemental images, bridging the  gap between languages and civilizations all over the world. With illuminating commentary, Adkinson positions each image within its cultural context, from the early societies of the Egyptians, the  Celts and the Maya, who...

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Overview

Throughout history, symbols have formed and shaped our mental and emotional states, and influenced our behavior. Robert Adkinson's compendium of religious, philosophical, and cultural emblems from a variety of contexts reveals the universal power of these elemental images, bridging the  gap between languages and civilizations all over the world. With illuminating commentary, Adkinson positions each image within its cultural context, from the early societies of the Egyptians, the  Celts and the Maya, who used visual metaphors to explain natural phenomena and illustrate concepts of good and evil, to the iconography of Buddhism, Taoism, and Christianity as found in art and architecture, concluding with the complex spiritual puzzles of the mandala, sacred sex, and the Tarot.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810937963
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/1/2009
  • Pages: 792
  • Sales rank: 932,452
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 7.30 (h) x 2.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Adkinson is a writer, translator, and editor working in Paris and London.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2009

    Multicultural images put together by an exquisite eye.

    A great book of images, potently suggestive, great for aligning your inner points of reference, and for aligning multiple points of reference. Eye candy and soul candy. But without the rush and the emptiness. A sense of balance and joy. A sense of depth.

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