The Lost Language of Symbolism (Dover Books on Anthropology and Folklore)
Harold BayleyISBN: 0486447871;
This remarkable book reveals the hidden meaning behind familiar images and words, from the origins of Santa Claus to the metaphoric significance of the unicorn and the fleur-de-lys. It draws upon mythology, folklore, religious texts, and fairy tales from around the world as well as upon the secret traditions of ancient cultures and sects. 1,400 illustrations.
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