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Symbolism Dictionary

  1. Jun 15, 2004 #1

    honestrosewater

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    I'm looking for a book or website that is basically a dictionary of symbols or symbolism. It would have an entry for, say, fire and would list the different meanings fire has had in different cultures and fields (myth, religion, art, literature, philosophy, etc.) I remember reading a book like this about symbolism in world religions, but can't remember its title. Another example might be about snakes as representing evil in one culture and wisdom in another. I hope someone knows what I'm talking about... I am especially *not* looking for an explanation of symbolism in general; I want specific symbols, a dictionary-type format. Thanks as always :)
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  3. Jun 15, 2004 #2

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    Hope somebody can guide you.

    May I throw in a question? Traffic lights (at least in the USA) have three colors: red, amber, green. I can see how red symbolizes spilled blood. And green is peaceful and verdant, right? But what is the symbolic significance of amber? Leaves turning colors from balmy, safe summer into the teeth of a frighteningly cold winter, going through a yellowish stage maybe?
     
  4. Jun 16, 2004 #3

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    Well what were their choices? The color has to contrast clearly with both red and green, and be visible from a distance. Blue and Purple are no good, so that just leaves the yellow-orange band. And that amber is right in the middle of it.
     
  5. Jun 16, 2004 #4

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    Sounds good to me!
     
  6. Jun 18, 2004 #5

    Nec

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    I didn't see any real points about your question. What kind of book is that ? Why do you need to check for symbols, and || or symbolism ? What is your major ?
    There is actually no such a book, you should be daydreaming, I guess.
     
  7. Jun 18, 2004 #6

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    I honestly tell you the truth that there IS no such a book, or it is just a "synthetic/imaginary" one. Believe me or not ??? I dont care. ;)
     
  8. Jun 19, 2004 #7

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    Hi honestrosewater. Here are some I found at amazon.com.

    A Dictionary of Symbols (Penguin Dictionaries)
    by Jean Chevalier, Alain Gheerbrant, John Buchanan-Brown

    An Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Traditional Symbols
    by J. C. Cooper

    The Secret Language of Symbols by David Fontana

    Dictionary of Symbolism: Cultural Icons and the Meanings Behind Them
    by Hans Biedermann, James Hulbert
     
  9. Jun 19, 2004 #8

    Nec

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    Good job, lady!
     
  10. Jun 19, 2004 #9

    Nec

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    By the way, can OP give me a comment ?
     
  11. Jun 19, 2004 #10

    honestrosewater

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    Amazon- Doh! This is the book I was looking for! Thanks Evo :biggrin:
     
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