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The human body is the object of much fascinated attention, even obsessive preoccupation, in contemporary Western culture, as manifest in the visual images of twentieth- century art, cinema, and photography, ranging from alluring idealizations to hard-core pornography. As we alternate between glorifying the physical body and abusing it, we often forget that throughout history, traditional art and ritual have treated the body not primarily as matter but as a symbolic carrier of deep psychological insights and sacred meanings. ...

An Encyclopedia of Archetypal Symbolism 1997, Shambhala Publications

ISBN-13: 9781570622502