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Giants, Monsters, and Dragons: An Encyclopedia of Folklore, Legend, and Myth
Giants, Monsters, and Dragons: An Encyclopedia of Folklore, Legend, and Myth
by Carol Rose
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We have always conjured up creatures never seen in nature, from flying horses and two-headed birds to fire-breathing dragons and enormous killer skunks, as well as fantastic distortions of our own image, from giants to nubile maidens. In these pages you... (read more)

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Ariadne's Clue: A Guide to the Symbols of Humankind (Mythos: The Princeton/Bollingen Series in World Mythology)
Ariadne's Clue: A Guide to the Symbols of Humankind (Mythos: The Princeton/Bollingen Series in World Mythology)
by Anthony Stevens
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"Stevens has a unique capacity for relating myths and symbols to the way our psyches function today, thus bringing symbols alive rather than dismissing them as historical curiosities. He is also a stylish writer, and is able to link his conclusions from... (read more)

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Penguin Dictionary of Symbols (94 Edition)
Penguin Dictionary of Symbols (94 Edition)
by Jean Chevalier
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This remarkable and wide-ranging book is an inventory of symbols and the symbolic imagination. The editors and their fifteen contributors are drawn from a variety of scholarly backgrounds—including anthropology, ethnology, psychotherapy and art... (read more)

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Dictionary of Nature Myths: Legends of the Earth, Sea, and Sky
Dictionary of Nature Myths: Legends of the Earth, Sea, and Sky
by Tamra Andrews
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This engaging reference work explores our age-old desire to interpret and control natural phenomena. Without the benefit of science, our ancestors sought to explain forces--such as wind, clouds, earthquakes, and stars--in a manner they believed to be... (read more)

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The Secret Language of Symbols: A Visual Key to Symbols Their Meanings
The Secret Language of Symbols: A Visual Key to Symbols Their Meanings
by David Fontana
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This credible, highly readable, and vividly illustrated encyclopedic volume traces the origins and evolution of hundreds of symbols and symbol systems that have impacted human culture, history, art, and psychology since the dawn of time. From the I Ching... (read more)

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Discoveries: Signs, Symbols and Ciphers (Discoveries)
Discoveries: Signs, Symbols and Ciphers (Discoveries)
by Georges Jean
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Well-written, loaded with information, and with a rich assortment of illustrations, each Discoveries "RM" volume is a look at one facet of art, archaeology, music, history, philosophy, popular culture, science, or nature. These innovatively designed... (read more)

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The Encyclopedia of Superstitions
The Encyclopedia of Superstitions
by Edwin Radford
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"For the expert investigation of the human will to believe, we recommend The Encyclopedia of Superstitions."--The New York Times Do you avoid walking under a ladder, or touch wood to ward off misfortune? It may not be logical, but underlying these... (read more)

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Symbols and Their Meanings: The Illustrated Guide to More Than 1,000 Symbols -- Their Traditional and Contemporary Significance
Symbols and Their Meanings: The Illustrated Guide to More Than 1,000 Symbols -- Their Traditional and Contemporary Significance
by Jack Tresidder
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Some of the most familiar icons we see around us every day--things we associate with luck or longevity, religion and magic--had deeper, more fascinating meanings at their inception. Since symbols predate writing as a way of communication, they became... (read more)

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Symbols, Signs and Signets (Dover Pictorial Archives)
Symbols, Signs and Signets (Dover Pictorial Archives)
by Ernst Lehner
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Over 1,350 signs, seals, symbols: Babylonia, Egypt, Greece, Rome; Germanic, Byzantine, Renaissance, Aztec, Hindu, Islamic, Chinese, Japanese, and others. Astrological, alchemical, magical, early Christian, masonic, heraldic, crests, goldsmiths' marks... (read more)

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Dictionary of Symbolism: Cultural Icons and the Meanings Behind Them
Dictionary of Symbolism: Cultural Icons and the Meanings Behind Them
by Hans Biedermann
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This encyclopedic guide explores the rich and varied meanings of more than 2,000 symbols—from amethyst to Zodiac.... (read more)

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A Field Guide to Demons, Fairies, Fallen Angels, and Other Subversive Spirits
A Field Guide to Demons, Fairies, Fallen Angels, and Other Subversive Spirits
by Carl Mack and Dinah Mack
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Watch your back! . . . How to spot and identify demons and other subversive spirits . . . And what to do next. Demons, fairies, and fallen angels are everywhere. They lurk at crossroads, crouch behind doors, hide in trees, slip into beds, wait in caves... (read more)

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An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Traditional Symbols
An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Traditional Symbols
by J C Cooper
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With over 200 illustrations and lively, informative and often ironic texts, she discusses and explains an enormous variety of symbols extending from the Arctic to Dahomey, from the Iroquois to Oceana, and coming from systems as diverse as Tao... (read more)

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A Dictionary of World Mythology
A Dictionary of World Mythology
by Arthur Cottrell
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A Dictionary of World Mythology presents the powerful gods of Greece, Rome, and Scandinavia, the more mystical deities of Buddhist and Hindu India, and the stern spirits of the African and American continents together in one fascinating volume.... (read more)

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1001 Symbols
1001 Symbols
by Jack Tresidder
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Pleasingly chunky and vibrantly colorful, this pocket-sized compendium covers iconography from around the world and is perfect for travel and museum outings. Author Jack Tresidder examines common imagery in art, religion, and literature, revealing hidden... (read more)

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Myths, Gods & Fantasy: A Dictionary
Myths, Gods & Fantasy: A Dictionary
by Pamela Allardice
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• Depicts the relationship of folk dance to historical trends such as colonization of the New World, industrialization, World War I and II, the Great Depression, and the counterculture movement • Examines folk dancing in the greater context of... (read more)

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Signs & Symbols
Signs & Symbols
by Dk Publishing
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Why is a flag at half-mast a symbol of mourning? Why do brides in the West traditionally wear white, while Asian cultures associate this color with death? Discover answers to these and other mystifying questions in Signs & Symbols, a fully-illustrated... (read more)

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The Dictionary of Imaginary Places: The Newly Updated and Expanded Classic
The Dictionary of Imaginary Places: The Newly Updated and Expanded Classic
by Alberto Manguel
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From Atlantis to Xanadu and beyond, this Baedeker of make-believe takes readers on a tour of more than 1,200 realms invented by storytellers from Homer's day to our own. Here you will find Shangri-La and El Dorado; Utopia and Middle Earth; Wonderland and... (read more)

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From Achilles' Heel to Zeus's Shield
From Achilles' Heel to Zeus's Shield
by Dale Corey Dibbley
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Many words and expressions commonly used in English are rooted in Mythology. Dibbley looks at the most colorful ones, briefly recounting the stories of the gods and heroes and their trials and tribulations that inspired them in the first place.... (read more)

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Encyclopedia of gods :over 2,500 deities of the world
Encyclopedia of gods :over 2,500 deities of the world
by Michael Jordan
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Encyclopedia of Gods offers concise information on more than 2,500 deities worshipped around the world and throughout history, from the most ancient gods of polytheistic societies -- to the most contemporary gods of the major monotheistic religions. Each... (read more)

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The Watkins Dictionary of Symbols
The Watkins Dictionary of Symbols
by Jack Tresidder
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Traditional symbols form a visual shorthand for ideas, yet their functions and meaning extend far beyond that—for thousands of years they have enabled artists and craftsmen to embody and reinforce beliefs about human life in immediate and powerful... (read more)

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