Signs & symbols /

From simple shapes and colors to gods, mythical beasts, sacred rituals, and global branding, over 2,000 signs and symbols are explained through text, illustrations, and photography. Grouped thematically and comprehensively cross-referenced. Includes the physical world, animals, plants, humans, color...

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Bibliographic Details
Main Author: Harrison, Ian, 1965- (Author)
Other Authors: Dennis-Bryan, Kim (Editor), Hodgson, Nicola (Editor), Lockley, Neil (Editor)
Format: Book
Language:English
Published: London ; New York : DK Publishing, 2008.
Edition:First American edition.
Subjects:
Table of Contents:
  • The cosmos
  • The sun
  • The moon
  • The night sky
  • The Earth
  • Mountains
  • Fire
  • Water
  • The weather
  • Rain & snow
  • Floods
  • The seasons
  • Precious stones
  • Gold
  • Precious matter
  • Natural world
  • Mammals
  • Cats
  • Birds
  • Eagles
  • Reptiles & amphibians
  • Snakes
  • Aquatic creatures
  • Creepy crawlies
  • Fabulous beasts
  • Dragons
  • Plants
  • Flowers
  • The lotus
  • Herbs & spices
  • The forest
  • Trees
  • Sacred trees
  • Fruits of the earth
  • Foods of the earth
  • Human life
  • The head
  • Head trophies
  • Human body
  • Hands & feet
  • Fertility & childbirth
  • Initiation rites
  • Love & marriage
  • Death & mourning
  • Vanitas
  • Myths & religions
  • Egyptian deities
  • Greek & Roman deities
  • Celtic & Nordic deities
  • Meso- & South American deities
  • Ancestors
  • Nature spirits
  • Tribal totems, heroes & tricksters
  • The Dreaming
  • Shamanism
  • Creations stories
  • Hinduism
  • Buddhism
  • Taoism & Shinto
  • Judaism
  • Kabbalah
  • Christianity
  • Islam
  • Sikhism
  • Voodoo
  • Angels
  • Satan & demons
  • Witches & wicca
  • Amulets
  • Divination
  • Western astrology
  • Chinese horoscope
  • Numerology
  • The Holy Grail
  • Alchemy
  • Society & culture
  • Royalty
  • Trappings of royalty
  • Coronations
  • Nationality
  • Tools & weapons
  • Architecture
  • Religious architecture
  • Sacred places
  • Buildings
  • Steps to Heaven
  • The home
  • Ships & boats
  • Gardens
  • Clothing & costume
  • Headwear
  • Uniforms
  • Jewelry
  • Body adronment
  • Group affiliation
  • Freemasonry
  • Art
  • Dance & theater
  • Masks
  • Fairy tales
  • Musical instruments
  • Symbol systems
  • Colors
  • Shapes
  • Patterns
  • Numbers
  • Picture writing
  • Alphabets
  • International signs
  • Professional signs
  • Brands & logos
  • Heraldic emblems
  • Flags
  • Sign languages & signals
  • Symbolic gestures.