The Serpent Symbol in Tradition
A study of traditional serpent and dragon symbolism, based in part upon the concepts and observations of René Guénon, Mircea Eliade, and various other relevant researchers.
Serpent and dragon symbolism is ubiquitous in the art and mythology of premodern cultures around the world. Over the centuries, conflicting hypotheses have been proposed to interpret this symbolism which, while illuminating, have proved insufficient to the task of revealing a singular meaning for the vast majority of examples. In The Serpent Symbol in Tradition, Dr. Dailey argues that, in what the symbolist René Guénon and the historian of religions Mircea Eliade have called ‘traditional’ or ‘archaic’ societies, the serpent/dragon transculturally symbolizes matter, a state of being that is constituted by the perception of the physical world as chaotic in comparison to what traditional peoples believed to be the ‘higher’ meta-physical source of ‘nature.’
Beyond purporting to resolve some of the mystery of the ancient and varied symbolism of the serpent/dragon, The Serpent Symbol in Tradition strives to interpret the symbolic meanings of premodern artifacts and narratives as well as provide a study of the origination, and ancient human awareness, of the mentioned state of matter.
In this 600+ page work, Charles Dailey explores the symbol of the serpent or dragon in traditional cultures. ... Because he refers to several of Guenon’s works, including the three core books on metaphysics, it is a good introduction to the metaphysical doctrines of Tradition.— Cologero, Gornahoor
The Serpent Symbol in Tradition contains a wealth of insights and is well worth the time investment. On a personal note, reading it now fitted perfectly in relation to the other books I have read (and written book reviews on) as of late. For anyone interested in metaphysics and myth, I can highly recommend the book!— The Golden One, thegoldenone.se
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Tradition, Symbols, and the Metaphysical
The Concepts of “the Indefinite Series of Cycles of Manifestation” and Samsara
‘Enlightenment’ and the Equivalency of ‘Chaos’ and “the Indefinite Series of Cycles”
‘Transcendence,’ Matter, and the New Man
‘Symbolic Modifications,’ ‘Spiritualization,’ and Outline of the Project
1. René Guénon
2. Mircea Eliade
3. Symbolism, ‘Tradition,’ and Universalism
4. The Symbolism of the Serpent/Dragon in the Context of Guénon’s ‘Hindu Doctrines’ and Eliade’s Interpretation of the Traditional Idea of Chaos
The Serpent/Dragon Symbol
5. ‘Modifications’ of the Serpent/Dragon Symbol: ‘Spiritualization’ and ‘Materialization’
6. The Serpent Symbol, the World Axis, and ‘Duality’ and Its Variations in Ancient Egypt and Genesis 3
7. Migration of the ‘Self’ in the Bible
8. The Guardian of Immortality/Moksha
9. The Ouroboros and the Anima Mundi
10. Symbols of ‘Duality’ in Unity
11. The Serpent as ‘Mediator’ and ‘Messenger’
12. The ‘Risen’ Serpent: The Conjunction of Wisdom and ‘Healing’ in Kundalini, the Uraeus, the Bible, and Buddhism
13. The Serpent and Sacred Stones
14. The Symbolism of the Serpent in Menhirs and Mounds
15. The Dragon and the Orb
16. The Spiral, the ‘Thunderweapon,’ and the Swastika
Charles William Dailey
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