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Ancient Symbols
Images/icons/symbols illustrated and explained. Categories: Celtic, Chinese, Christian, Egyptian, Good Luck, Greek, Japanese, Mayan, Native American, Pagan, Peace, Religious, Roman, Sacred, Strength, Tattoos.
Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable
Includes entries on symbols and imagery in myths and literature.
Heraldic Dictionary
Heraldry symbols, shields, bookplates, history, a directory of related online resources, and more. Digital text provided by University of Notre Dame Hesburgh Librari
A Heraldic Primer
An introduction to symbolism in heraldry. Sections include: The Palette Blazon and Emblazon, The Field Field and Charges, Ordinaries and Special Variants, Geometric Charges, Complex Lines, Directions, Orientations.
The Meanings Behind Common Tattoo Symbols and Designs
Topics include: Christian Faith/Art/Architecture Symbols, Jewish/Judaism Symbols, Buddhist Iconography/Symbols/Deities, Hindu Symbols, Wiccan and Neopaganism Symbols, Alternative Religions/Symbols, The Meaning of The Runes, Masonic/Freemasonry Symbols, Tombstone Symbols, Astrological Signs, the Meanings of Flowers, Ancient Egyptian, West African, and Native Indian Cultural Symbols, Pride Symbols, Chinese/Kanji, and Common Tattoo Meanings.
The Meanings Behind the Symbols: Family Crests, Blazons, Coats of Arms
This glossary describes possible meanings behind heraldic symbols and other designs/ideas used in heraldry. See also their diagram describing parts of a Coat of Arms
Signs, Symbols, Meaning, & Interpretation
Sections of this college-level introduction include: Signs, Ciphers & Symbols; Understanding, Explanation, Meaning, & Interpretation; Surplus Meaning. Additional related topics provided are: Interpretation and Literature, Definitions of Signs, Definition of Symbols, Reader Response Theory.
State Symbols USA
"Official symbols represent the cultural heritage and natural treasures of each state or the entire United States."
"More than 1,600 articles about 2,500 Western signs, arranged into 54 groups according to their graphic characteristics."
"Directory of Signs, Glyphs and Symbols."
Visual Glossary of Religious Symbols

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