The Body by George R. Elder
(An Encyclopedia of Archetypal Symbolism, Vol. 2)

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The first volume of An Encyclopedia of Archetypal Symbolism was a stunning collection of color images and text organized around mythic themes that follow the solar calendar from cosmos and creation to death, transformation, and rebirth. In this second volume, the focus is the human body as a carrier of deep psychological insights and sacred meanings.

Whether idolized or abused, the body is the object of much fascinated attention, even obsessive preoccupation, in the contemporary Western world. What has been missing from our culture's preoccupation is an appreciation of the body's organs as symbols of the deepest contents of the human psyche. This book surveys the richness of meaning found in a wide range of beautiful sacred images from the world's traditions and explains what the symbolism of our physical form teaches us about the inner realities of our consciousness, spirit, and divine essence.

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Published October 15, 1996 by Shambhala. 452 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, History, Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference, Arts & Photography, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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''Once upon a time there was a future history teacher and a future history teacher's wife for whom things went wrong, so - since you cannot dispose of the past, since things must be - they had to make do.'' Assuredly, and in Mr. Swift's novel, as in history, things are bound to go wrong.

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As a result, the archetypal discussion is not as rich as it might be, for the archetypal commentaries do not connect the present iteration of the archetypes with past incarnations.

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And oftentimes, as Cheney chronicles copiously and gruesomely in her book, the body brokers’ “connections” are not only those in the medical field, but corrupt individuals in the funeral and cremation industry who have realized the easy money they can make on the side, selling body parts taken fr...

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