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Ariadne's Clue:
A Guide to the Symbols of Humankind
Anthony Stevens

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TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Contents
Acknowledgements vii
About This Book ix
PART I SYMBOLISM, EVOLUTION, AND PSYCHOLOGY
1 Ariadne's Clue 3
2 What is a Symbol? 12
3 The Evolution of Meaning 22
4 How Do SymbolsWork? 36
5 Basic Symbolic Themes 45
6 The Conjunction of Heaven and Earth 62
7 Living the Symbolic Life 77
PART II
THE EXPLANATORY THESAURUS
1 The Physical Environment 97
i Landscape 99
ii The psychic Compass 116
iii The Four Elements 123
iv alchemy 132
v Celestial Bodies 134
vi Colours 146
vii Buildings 150
viii Migration 1154
2 Culture and Psyche 161
i Religion and the Sacred 1170
ii Gods, Goddesses, and Demons 173
iii Creation Myths 195
iv Paradise and the Fall 200
v Heroes and Heroines 208
vi Initiation, Male and Female 2. 16
vii Eros and Psyche 220
viii Individuation and Transcendence 235
ix Death and Rebirth 256
x Morality 262
xi Sickness and Healing Z74
xii Tools, Weapons, Utensils, and Musical Instruments 280
xiii Transport 2911
xiv Performance and Ritual 298
3 People, Animals, and Plants 305
i Sex, Gender, Bonding, and Childrearing 306
ii Power: Dominance and Submission 323
iii Animals 332-
iv Monsters and Fabulous Beasts 367
v Plants, Fruits, and Trees 379
4 The Body 395
i Adornment, Clothes, and Nudity 396
ii Parts of the Body 401
iii Physical Activities 415
Bibliography 423
Glossary 433
General Index 439
Symbol Index

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