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We have many symbols
different cultures that are part of our everyday lives. In this age of global communication
and our ability to call upon research material
for cultures from the past as well as around
the world, we encounter many symbols
that have been incorporated into our lives.
Buckland provides us with a book of collected symbols
that spans time and cultures. This well presented book is divided into
different cultures and topics, places each symbol
according to its original association (ex.
Alchemy or Ancient Egypt) and in most
cases has researched the symbol to the origins
and places it in its part in history.
Mr. Buckland has done a lot of research here, and provides a
good graphic for each symbol, a very clear and
a well written explanation when available.
Those things that are part of 'mystery
cults' he states clearly, such as "The Corn Sheaf was the
Many topics are covered, making
this a very diverse book of symbolism,
and it is interesting to read about the different facets
This book covers much material
that is included in some lesser known books
that are either out of print or hard to find.
The book has a good bibliography, but lacks an index for
A good reference book for anyone who has interest in symbols.
Reviewed by Boudica