If you look up the word lion in the dictionary on your desk, odds are you'll learn it's a large, carnivorous mammal. The entry may note that it's the emblem of Great Britain, too, and mention courage and literary acumen, but you won't find out that two lions pulled the chariot of the goddess Cybele when she took it out for a spin. To learn that, you'd need to flip through The Woman's Dictionary of Symbols and Sacred Objects. At the top of each page are drawings of the symbols discussed on that page. This well-organized tome is fascinating reading with a female-centric spin. Thus, poppet is not just a doll, but one used by witches as a proxy for the person they wanted to harm. Vase symbolizes the Earth Mother's womb, and, according to author Barbara G. Walker, the Greek word for vase, pithos, was mistakenly translated as pyxis, box, in that tale about Pandora.
Barbara G. Walker, author of The Woman's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets, The Woman's Dictionary of Symbols and Sacred Objects, and many other books, is a member of the Morris Museum Mineralogical Society and the Trailside Mineral Club of the New Jersey Earth Science Association.
While the book is interesting in context, it creates a bit of an overfeminine view painting most men as misogynistic jerks. I wouldn't recommend.Published 1 month ago by Alex
not an exhaustive list, and the referencing stands to be desired. was hoping for more background explanation as to the human psyche and symbolism. Read morePublished 4 months ago by JMP
thanks. A very useful reference book to have on hand. Easy to use. Easy to find things.Published 11 months ago by Jane Catherine Severn
This is an interesting collection of facts for anyone who would like to pursue the subject matter. Informative and readable.Published 11 months ago by Mary Alice Carey