Symbols & Symbolism

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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
State Symbols USA
"Official symbols represent the cultural heritage and natural treasures of each state or the entire United States."
" is a unique online encyclopedia that contains everything about symbols, signs, flags and glyphs arranged by categories such as culture, country, religion, and more. Explore our world of symbols by category, alphabetically or simply search by keywords. ... Our huge collection of symbols range from ancient alchemical signs, ashanti adinkra and anarchism to modern currency signs and awareness ribbons." Includes a Graphical Index, at the bottom of the screen,which allows you to find a symbol based on its graphical characteristics, such as Symmetry, Shape, Colors; Curveness, and Crossing.
Visual Glossary of Religious Symbols

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