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Signs and Symbols Hardcover – June 16, 2008
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From crosses to triangles, colors to flowers, symbols permeate art, myth, fairytales and movies. Most everyone knows that a heart pierced by an arrow symbolizes love, as well as that of a red rose. But have you ever considered how that association came to be made?
What about the pyramid on a dollar bill, "the finger", or the significance of the red string bracelet worn by Kabbalists? Or what does it mean that Bill Clinton "points" with his thumb when giving a speech or that kohl lined the eyes of Ancient Egyptian women? Where is the subtle symbol concealed in the FedEx emblem that earned it one of the top eight logos in modern design history?
You'll find the answers to these questions and many more in DK's book Signs & Symbols. At 352-pages with full color illustrations, many in shiny gold, this hardcover reference book is chock full of fascinating tidbits on the origin, lore and associations of thousands of signs and symbols.
Here are just some of topics covered in DK's Signs & Symbols:
* Fairytale motifs
* Religious and national symbols
* Body language, hobo signs, hand signals and symbolic gestures
* Weather, fire, air, water and earth
* Clothing, headwear, uniforms, body adornment and jewelry
* Modern phallic symbols (i.e.Read more ›
This book covers a broad range of topics from animals, flowers, personal objects (rings, lipstick, etc), to body parts and so much more. You will truly be amazed at all the information that lies within the cover of this book. I will admit, I have had this book for a couple of years now and I still have not finished it, but that isn't for a lack of trying. I just can't get enough of what I have already learned. I keep going back to re-read and then read a bit more.
This is one of my favorite books by far! I highly recommend it to anyone interested in learning about the history and background of some of the most basic and overlooked things! If you are considering as to whether or not to buy this book, then buy it! I assure you that you will not be disappointed!
The book is formatted with various chapters and those symbols related to the chapter's specific topic. For instance; there is a chapter on the "Cosmos," and there is a chapter on "Animals", and a chapter on "Humanity"( etc), with all the appropriate ancient symbols and their meanings related to that subject matter.
However, I found the book to have more of an "encyclopedic cloak" about it rather than, something devoted more seriously to the subject of symbolism.
This is a nice table top "show-piece" but, it leaves the serious student wanting something...a bit more "Symbolic."
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was a little disappointed in this book. Pictures are nice but the descriptions are too simple. Much better books are out there imho.Published 4 months ago by G. Hoover
Incredible book! It was very ineresting reading about all the Signs,Symbols,Cultures,and Religions.Published 7 months ago by Alyssa
I absolutely love Symbols & Symbolism, especially Spiritual, Esoteric, Magical & Metaphysical Symbols & Symbolism. Read morePublished 9 months ago by SkyCloud24