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Nouvelle éd rev. et augm C'est trop peu de dire que nous vivons dans un monde de symboles, un monde de symboles vit en nous. De la psychanalyse à l'anthropologie, de la critique d'art à la publicité et à la propagande idéologique ou politique, sciences, arts et techniques essaient de plus en plus aujourd'hui de décrypter ce langage des symboles, tant pour élargir le champ d Nouvelle éd rev. et augm C'est trop peu de dire que nous vivons dans un monde de symboles, un monde de symboles vit en nous. De la psychanalyse à l'anthropologie, de la critique d'art à la publicité et à la propagande idéologique ou politique, sciences, arts et techniques essaient de plus en plus aujourd'hui de décrypter ce langage des symboles, tant pour élargir le champ de la connaissance et approfondir la communication que pour apprivoiser une énergie d'un genre particulier, sous-jacente à nos actes, à nos réflexes, à nos attirances et répulsions, dont nous commençons à peine à deviner la formidable puissance. Des années de réflexions et d'études comparatives sur un corpus d'informations rassemblées par une équipe de chercheurs, à travers des aires culturelles recouvrant la durée de l'histoire et l'étendue du peuplement humain, les auteurs ont tenté de donner à voir le cours profond du langage symbolique, tel qu'il se ramifie dans les strates cachées de notre mémoire. Chacun sentira bien l'importance de ce Dictionnaire. Plus de mille six cents articles, reliés par des comparaisons et des renvois, souvent restructurés à la suite d'une longue maturation, permettent de mieux approcher la nudité du symbole, que la raison dans sa seule mouvance ne parviendrait pas à saisir. Cette somme unique ouvre les portes de l'imaginaire, invite le lecteur à méditer sur les symboles, comme Bachelard invitait à rêver sur les rêves, afin d'y découvrir la saveur et le sens d'une réalité vivante.


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Nouvelle éd rev. et augm C'est trop peu de dire que nous vivons dans un monde de symboles, un monde de symboles vit en nous. De la psychanalyse à l'anthropologie, de la critique d'art à la publicité et à la propagande idéologique ou politique, sciences, arts et techniques essaient de plus en plus aujourd'hui de décrypter ce langage des symboles, tant pour élargir le champ d Nouvelle éd rev. et augm C'est trop peu de dire que nous vivons dans un monde de symboles, un monde de symboles vit en nous. De la psychanalyse à l'anthropologie, de la critique d'art à la publicité et à la propagande idéologique ou politique, sciences, arts et techniques essaient de plus en plus aujourd'hui de décrypter ce langage des symboles, tant pour élargir le champ de la connaissance et approfondir la communication que pour apprivoiser une énergie d'un genre particulier, sous-jacente à nos actes, à nos réflexes, à nos attirances et répulsions, dont nous commençons à peine à deviner la formidable puissance. Des années de réflexions et d'études comparatives sur un corpus d'informations rassemblées par une équipe de chercheurs, à travers des aires culturelles recouvrant la durée de l'histoire et l'étendue du peuplement humain, les auteurs ont tenté de donner à voir le cours profond du langage symbolique, tel qu'il se ramifie dans les strates cachées de notre mémoire. Chacun sentira bien l'importance de ce Dictionnaire. Plus de mille six cents articles, reliés par des comparaisons et des renvois, souvent restructurés à la suite d'une longue maturation, permettent de mieux approcher la nudité du symbole, que la raison dans sa seule mouvance ne parviendrait pas à saisir. Cette somme unique ouvre les portes de l'imaginaire, invite le lecteur à méditer sur les symboles, comme Bachelard invitait à rêver sur les rêves, afin d'y découvrir la saveur et le sens d'une réalité vivante.

30 review for Dictionnaire des symboles : Mythes, rêves, coutumes, gestes, formes, figures, couleurs, nombres

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    This isn't a book you really FINISH reading. I have had it for a week and I dip into it a few times a night when I am working at my desk. It is a dictionary, but its entries are like salted peanuts--they make you want to learn more about the symbols, the cultures that employ them, and the incredible linkages between these. This isn't a book you really FINISH reading. I have had it for a week and I dip into it a few times a night when I am working at my desk. It is a dictionary, but its entries are like salted peanuts--they make you want to learn more about the symbols, the cultures that employ them, and the incredible linkages between these.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Renner

    An essential part of my writer's toolbox. An essential part of my writer's toolbox.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Berny

    Absolutely indispensable for writers. I can fill up two pages of notes and ideas just from flipping through this thing at random for about twenty minutes.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jared

    This book is absolutely phenomenal. It brings together meanings of symbols from most of the major religious traditions and philosophies (Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hindu, Buddhism, etc.), along with astrology and a number of the minor traditions. It provides comparison and contrast between meanings of the symbols. It makes a great supplement for scripture study, and also helps with a lot of other symbolic literature. I've learned things from this book that I don't think I would have put togeth This book is absolutely phenomenal. It brings together meanings of symbols from most of the major religious traditions and philosophies (Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hindu, Buddhism, etc.), along with astrology and a number of the minor traditions. It provides comparison and contrast between meanings of the symbols. It makes a great supplement for scripture study, and also helps with a lot of other symbolic literature. I've learned things from this book that I don't think I would have put together on my own. For example, the entry on "garden" mentions that in the Christian tradition, the beginning of the world (Paradise) was in a garden state, while the eventual, Heavenly Jerusalem will be a city. Okay, so that part's obvious, but the stark juxtaposition of the two ideas leads to insights that I wouldn't have had, otherwise. The entry on names highlights a number of implications of the tradition that naming a thing gives one power over it. For example, when Adam was in the garden, the Lord had him name all the animals and birds, and thus he gained power over them ("dominion", it says in the Bible). The usage of the phrase "his name shall be blotted out" becomes a lot more meaningful and painful to the one for whom it is exercised: when his name no longer exists, neither does he. I wouldn't have put that together. I gave this to Kim as a birthday gift early in our marriage, and we both love it. I fear that in our practical, scientific world, we are losing some of the powers of symbols to help us understand our past. Many simple statements in historical records become all but incomprehensible without a basic understanding of what things stand for. This book helps to bridge that gap. (Of course, even if our scientific world we have an obsession with naming. Stars, species, diseases, conditions -- as though having a name by which to call a thing gives us some power over it, which clearly isn't the case. We can name the common cold, but we can't cure it. *sigh* But at least we can identify it. And having a name to give something helps to reduce the fear.) Since this book is a reference, I haven't read all of it -- just portions as I become curious.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Janin

    I just need to buy a copy of this book (lol) In the last three years, it's been checked out three times from our library...and all three were me (; Previously, I just flipped through for what I was looking for, but this time, I went through the entire book. I love that it's not just 'dream' interpretation or psychology-- it's also historical and from perspectives all over the world, both Eastern, Western and places that are neither. I just need to buy a copy of this book (lol) In the last three years, it's been checked out three times from our library...and all three were me (; Previously, I just flipped through for what I was looking for, but this time, I went through the entire book. I love that it's not just 'dream' interpretation or psychology-- it's also historical and from perspectives all over the world, both Eastern, Western and places that are neither.

  6. 4 out of 5

    James

    Mixed feelings. This book is encyclopedic in its range and descriptions of symbols, but is largely unillustrated. That makes it significantly less useful for my intended purpose, which was to use it as a source of basic starting designs for art project - creating pictures, making masks, and so on. I will still use it, but I'll also be looking for an illustrated work. Mixed feelings. This book is encyclopedic in its range and descriptions of symbols, but is largely unillustrated. That makes it significantly less useful for my intended purpose, which was to use it as a source of basic starting designs for art project - creating pictures, making masks, and so on. I will still use it, but I'll also be looking for an illustrated work.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Carmen

    An excellent reference on symbols. I can't put this book down after looking up just one entry...hours of fun! An excellent reference on symbols. I can't put this book down after looking up just one entry...hours of fun!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Francisco Becerra

    The best source for symbolic interpretation. Mindblowing.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Olivia

    Not a bad dictionary of symbols, but not the best either. Try Cirlot's. Not a bad dictionary of symbols, but not the best either. Try Cirlot's.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Melody Schwarting

    A helpful and extensive reference for readers who want to dive deeper into literary symbolism. Taken with salt, this is a really useful text for understanding literary texts from all centuries. Sometimes, the words on the page mean more than what the author realized. I really appreciated the use of mythology from Asian and South American cultures and the detailed records about numbers. Along with other literary Penguin dictionaries, this will kit out literature students for helpful insights in t A helpful and extensive reference for readers who want to dive deeper into literary symbolism. Taken with salt, this is a really useful text for understanding literary texts from all centuries. Sometimes, the words on the page mean more than what the author realized. I really appreciated the use of mythology from Asian and South American cultures and the detailed records about numbers. Along with other literary Penguin dictionaries, this will kit out literature students for helpful insights in their comprehension and research.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Christian

    Impressive dictionary. Being published in 1969 for the first time it has to be out of date in some places and sure enough, the first real lemma (Abracadabra) gives a quite speculative etymology which might not be total bs but is contested by a wide variety of other possibilities. That shouldn't distract from the fact that herein are still gathered a vast array of informations on every possibly conceivable symbol - from the cuttle-sigh to truffles. Impressive dictionary. Being published in 1969 for the first time it has to be out of date in some places and sure enough, the first real lemma (Abracadabra) gives a quite speculative etymology which might not be total bs but is contested by a wide variety of other possibilities. That shouldn't distract from the fact that herein are still gathered a vast array of informations on every possibly conceivable symbol - from the cuttle-sigh to truffles.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jerry Cagle

    Symbols are ubiquitous, fluid. They express ideas and concepts that language stumbles over. This little gem yields insights into the lives of metaphor that is inaccessible to you unless you happen to have been born into every culture at every age... Yeah. I didn't think so... Symbols are ubiquitous, fluid. They express ideas and concepts that language stumbles over. This little gem yields insights into the lives of metaphor that is inaccessible to you unless you happen to have been born into every culture at every age... Yeah. I didn't think so...

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Yoon

    I haven't read all 1000 plus pages of this reference book, but I have found helpful information and brainstorm material. My one itch is that it doesn't have a list of entries. Oh well. I haven't read all 1000 plus pages of this reference book, but I have found helpful information and brainstorm material. My one itch is that it doesn't have a list of entries. Oh well.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Yahmose

    It’s an indispensable book for literature students——and a book they’ll never finish reading. I just love it.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Sohm

    A book to thumb through time and time again.

  16. 4 out of 5

    ERBinator Productions

    Extremely useful.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    ...a guide to enriching ones life.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Aaron

    This book is part reference and part interest-reading. With well over 1,000 pages there is no shortage of material for the casual reader. I'm a casual reader when it comes to symbology. A specialist might have a bone to pick, as the passages almost always leaves me wanting more, and cannot pretend to be exhaustive. However, that may just be the nature of the field and the fact that this book tries to cover traditions from all over the world and throughout all history. Each entry is written by a This book is part reference and part interest-reading. With well over 1,000 pages there is no shortage of material for the casual reader. I'm a casual reader when it comes to symbology. A specialist might have a bone to pick, as the passages almost always leaves me wanting more, and cannot pretend to be exhaustive. However, that may just be the nature of the field and the fact that this book tries to cover traditions from all over the world and throughout all history. Each entry is written by a specialist in the field; there are at least a few dozen contributors. The quality of the entries are in general very good or excellent. This book gives pays far more attention to non-Western cultures (and obscure sides of Western culture and history) than most other texts I have come across, and it's worthy of attention for that reason alone. It will certainly give you a broader taste of what's out there. The major drawback, as I said above, is that as a reference book it always leaves you wanting more.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Quinn Cureton

    Awesome. Everybody should read this!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Heron

    What an absolute trip. I don't feel right rating this book, nor can I say I've read it, per se. This 1200 page tome is a testament to many things: likeness and difference across culture, obsession and completism, arcana, superstition, psychoanalysis, exoticism, colonialism, trivia and triviality, exhaustion in every sense of the word. What an absolute delight to own. I highly highly recommend picking it up. What an absolute trip. I don't feel right rating this book, nor can I say I've read it, per se. This 1200 page tome is a testament to many things: likeness and difference across culture, obsession and completism, arcana, superstition, psychoanalysis, exoticism, colonialism, trivia and triviality, exhaustion in every sense of the word. What an absolute delight to own. I highly highly recommend picking it up.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Hywel Owen

    A wonderful guide through the misty world of objects and the meanings that cultures attach to them. Whilst sometimes rather eclectic and without compelling scholarly backup, this is still a hugely useful book for anyone seeking to draw additional meaning from older texts.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Scott Simmons

    An instructor referred this book to me and it has been a source of information in my writings. Never thought that book like this, a dictionary and a thesaurus would be my go to books for entertaining reading.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lily

    One of my favourite reference books. Fun just to flip through at random, as well.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jana

    The better (as in more academic, researched and less esoteric) book of symbols. I use this one quite often.

  25. 5 out of 5

    julie

    love it so far. i've been reading it, actually, for 11 years. but i am far from done. as it's a reference. a good one indeed. love it so far. i've been reading it, actually, for 11 years. but i am far from done. as it's a reference. a good one indeed.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Dan Trachtman

    for grad thesis. dont use anymore

  27. 5 out of 5

    Patrick

    Good description of symbols from a wide range of subjects.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Maria

    This is one of the most useful and interesting books I own.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Helder Pombo

    Very complete!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Nicki Markus

    A great resource but my copy arrived with the first pages missing (it starts at page 43) so am going to write to Penguin to see what's going on! A great resource but my copy arrived with the first pages missing (it starts at page 43) so am going to write to Penguin to see what's going on!

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