The Book of Symbols

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Drawing upon Carl Jung’s work on the archetype and the collective unconscious, this book provides thoughtful exploration of symbols and their meanings. It includes 17,000 photographic images.

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The Book of Symbols combines original and incisive essays about particular symbols with representative images from all parts of the world and all eras of history. The highly readable texts and almost 800 beautiful full-color images come together in a unique way to convey hidden dimensions of meaning. Each of the c. 350 essays examines a given symbol’s psychic background, and how it evokes psychic processes and dynamics. Etymological roots, the play of opposites, paradox and shadow, the ways in which diverse cultures have engaged a symbolic image–all these factors are taken into consideration.

Weight 3.95 lbs
Dimensions 9.75 × 6.81 × 3.31 in


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