|Magic Symbols of the World :: 1973 HB w/ DJ|
" A conductor's baton invokes virility; a decorous waltz generates magic power; and lipstick protects the mouth from evil influences. Just three statements from an often provocative, always lively, survey which throws up startling parallels between the centuries-old experience of peasant culture and we of the supposedly-sophisticated, fully-automated, twentieth-century world.
In this book Pearl Binder reveals many of the ways in which ordinary people have guarded themselves against the dangers of tomorrow, people who, like the common folk throughout history, have immediate and fundamental concerns:
So a spiral painted on the door of a Hindu hut eases a mother's labour; a border at neck, sleeve and hem protects the body from evil spirits; a curve at the corner of a Japanese roof repeals a flying demon; a powder compounded from tiger flesh becomes a potent aphrodisiac; and a jewel in the mouth of a Chinese corpse prevents its spirit from escaping to wander balefully.
This is an intensely personal book.
35 line drawings, 123 illustrations in black and white and 38 in full colour. "
Table of Contents includes:
" What is magic ?
Symbols of fertility
Gods as symbols
Magic protection of body and dwelling
Magic protection of family and livelihood
Death and after-life
This book is in good condition with some edgewear and light discoloration around the edges of the cover.
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