Symbols and Their Hidden Meanings: The Mysterious Significance and Forgotten Origins of Signs and Symbols in the Modern World



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Why are traffic lights red, amber and green?Why is the Virgin Mary so often depicted in blue robes?Where did the equals sign originate?Who decided the Pentagon should be a five-sided building and why?We are surrounded, at all times, by layer upon layer of hidden meaning. Our world is constructed out of symbolic abstractions, each one with its own assumptions and messages that speak to us on the deepest levels.From religious art to gang tattoos, hidden meaning is encoded into every aspect of society. Symbols explores this hidden world, looking at over 100 of the most powerful, evocative, mysterious, and exciting symbolic skeins in the world today. Easy and accessible to the absolute beginner and packed full of fascinating revelations and details d to enthrall even the most dedicated symbol-hunter, this book is a must-read for anyone who wants to know a bit more about the world around them.With content ranging from symb