The Mystic Spiral : Journey of the Soul Paperback
by Jill Purce
Part of the Art & Imagination series
As the inward-winding labyrinth, it constitutes the hero s journey to the still center where the secret of life is found.
As the spherical vortex, spiraling through its own center, it combines the inward and outward directions of movement.
In this original and engrossing book, Jill Purce traces the significance of one man s central symbols from the double spirals of Stone Age art and the interlocking spirals of the Chinese Yin Yang symbol to the whorls of Celtic crosses, Maori tattoos and the Islamic arabesque.
Many of the superb images here were intended as objects of contemplation; for the spiral is a cosmic symbol.
Art and Imagination series These large-format, gloriously-illustrated paperbacks cover Eastern and Western religion and philosophy, including myth and magic, alchemy and astrology.
The distinguished authors bring a wealth of knowledge, visionary thinking and accessible writing to each intriguing subject.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 128 pages, 174 illustrations, 32 in colour
- Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
- Publication Date: 24/06/1974
- Category: Art & Photography
- ISBN: 9780500810057
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Review by gibbon
A picture book illustrating the prevalence of spiral themes in world-wide esoteric tradition as well as in nature. The introduction and the captions to the illustrations are lucid and informative. The author is also known for her work on Mongolian and Tibetan overtone chanting.