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.
"This extraordinary book offers a rare opportunity for both layperson and scholar to encounter and gain insight into the living symbols that reveal the sacred incarnated in the physical world."—Linda Schierse Leonard, author of Creation's Heartbeat: Following the Reindeer Spirit
"Volume 2 of this encyclopedia comes when we need it most—just when the body is coming back into the core of spiritual and religious concern. Organ by organ, from the heel of Achilles to the circumcision of Christ, The Body is an essential handbook for today's thought."—T. George Harris, editor of Deeper Health in Spirituality, Science, and Community
An Encyclopedia of Archetypal Symbolism: The Body by George Elder, Ph.D.