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Mar 24, 2013, 10:21 pm

I read a lot of mythology. I'm not a casual reader, I study and analyze texts. We all know myth can be interpreted symbolically, and even when the ancient astronaut theory is applied, there still is a lot of symbolism that needs to be taken into account for accurate interpretation. Lots of books I read say this or that is symbolic of this or that, but nobody cites where they're getting this from! I know there are many books claiming to be the greatest on symbols, but are there any that are definitive? I'm looking for an excellent reference guide; something scholarly to quote from. Any suggestions for a definitive dictionary or encyclopedic work on symbolism in mythology?

Edited: Mar 25, 2013, 12:21 am

Internet is a greatest learning tool invented and it will be forever until a human civilisation ends.Do you know
that information is usually free available in the internet.You really need not to spend buying books only when they are so important to own them.There are many links about
eastern and western symbolism, and eastern and western art.You need patience to surf.

Maybe,you can see this website, and read free online at this link.

Read online:
Search:Symbolism of the East & West(1900)-Harriet Murray-Aynsley

Books you can try to see for yourself whether they are relevant to you.

The Illustrated Dictionary of Symbols in Eastern and Western Art- James Hall

The Origins of the World's Mythologies-
E J Michael Witzel

Another link:

Mar 25, 2013, 8:45 pm

I spent the last couple of years on a similar quest for a single authorative list of archetypes and found out that Jung thought every individual really had their own. So don't be surprised if you don't find a single source.

A book that was very helpful in cutting my search short was Myth : a very short introduction. I don't remember it talking about symbolism and myth, though, so it might not be as helpful for you.