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  • Hardcover: 810 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen (Nov. 25 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3836514486
  • ISBN-13: 978-3836514484
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 5.4 x 24.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,305 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Drawing upon Carl Gustav Jung's work on the archetype and the collective unconscious, the Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism (ARAS) is a pictorial and written archive of mythological, ritualistic, and symbolic images from all over the world and from all epochs of human experience. The collection of 17,000 photographic images, accompanied by commentary on their cultural and historical context, probes the universality of archetypal themes and provides a testament to the deep and abiding connections of all life.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Speck on June 13 2011
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Sometimes books on archetypes come across as code-books. "If your image has a broken cup, this is what it means..." This is NOT such a book. The authors - and they are many - recognize that symbols are multi-valent, and they provide reflections on specific images, not a definition of what an image means. An author might engage several different images in response to, say, the idea of a bone: a terra-coatta image from Mexico circa 1400 CE, an image of Ezekiel in the valley of the dry bones from 16th C Turkey. For mask: a photograph of a mask-wearing Navajo man, a Noh mask from Japan, a 19th C painting from Belgium, a Mozambique initiation mask. The archetypes are not defined, they are engaged. As such, the book is a well-spring of possibilities, inspiration, and wonderment. The book is beautifully laid out, nicely organized, and a bargain for the price.
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High quality images, a wide variety of symbols and excellent companion write ups. This is a great book to have on hand as a reference or as a source of inspiration.
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By Kyler Evans on Oct. 14 2014
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Best resource I have round on archetypal symbolism and its universal applications!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Badassnrocknroll on July 22 2013
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The book never says if you dream this it means that. You have to have a basic understanding of how dreams work then use this book to help develop your own interpretation of what that symbol represents to you. I recommend this book to those that are interested.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MER on Feb. 9 2013
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Absolutely love this book..............I know many of the artists therein and the professional writings concerning the artists and their symbols........If I were marooned, I would want to have this book at hand........
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