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Is this guy dead? And what is the symbolism of the odd items behind him?

A picture from 1807 in Germany shows what could be a dead guy against a brick wall underneath iron rings and some kind of wreath or animal tail. What is the explanation for this? [more inside]
posted by stst399 on Feb 8, 2016 - 9 answers

Why do my Chinese cleaners move my toy snake off of my toy tiger?

Why do my Chinese cleaners move my toy snake off of my toy tiger? [more inside]
posted by lifethatihavenotlivedyet on Dec 18, 2015 - 14 answers

Like a shooting star? Like a candle in the wind?

I'm looking for quotes and visual symbols for something that is beautiful but temporary. Whether it's about life, love, passion, or something physical, give me all your ideas. Bonus points if it's brief and elegant enough for a tattoo.
posted by keep it under cover on Oct 12, 2015 - 41 answers

Renaissance Paintings with Loads of Symbolism

I need some examples of paintings from the Renaissance with a lot (or some) symbolism. I already have Jan Van Eyck's, The Arnolfini Portrait, can you help me find a couple more?
posted by nanook on Sep 7, 2015 - 11 answers

An Education

How do I get a good grounding in the study of literature while not a full-time student? What resources (Great Courses, books, textbooks, seminars, courses, etc.) would help? The purpose is to add depth, symbolism, and allusion to my own writing. [more inside]
posted by 3491again on Sep 6, 2015 - 10 answers

Cat's Eye

I had a dream recently in which a tiger's eye pendant figured prominently, which makes me curious what is the symbolic meaning of tiger's eye? [more inside]
posted by miss-lapin on May 27, 2015 - 2 answers

"For entertainment purposes only"

I want to get more familiar with the tarot — especially its use as a symbol system and personal religious/artistic/introspective tool, and to some extent also its (actual nonfiction real-world) history. What books or blogs should I read? Study tips for improving facility and speedy recall of card meanings would also be helpful. [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone on Apr 4, 2015 - 14 answers

Origin of triple moon symbol?

I'm just curious: where did the neopagan "triple moon" symbol come from? I have yet to find an origin for it after much googling and peering into reference books.
posted by Nyx on Sep 4, 2013 - 2 answers

What do the symbols on this Nepalese coin represent?

I have a 2 rupee coin from Nepal. What do the symbols around the mountain represent? [more inside]
posted by Angel de Lune on Mar 13, 2013 - 6 answers

Coincidence, subliminal message, subconscious symbolism, or what?

I've noticed some recurrent patterns in music videos (use of numbers, colors, etc.) that have piqued my interest. I'm wondering if any industry insiders can shed any light or if anyone has explored this concept academically or otherwise. [more inside]
posted by xenophile on Feb 27, 2013 - 3 answers

On rituals and algorithms

What is the relationship between the ritual and the algorithm? Are all rituals algorithmic? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Jul 17, 2012 - 16 answers

What is the opposite of a snowball?

This is a slightly strange one, so bear with me if you will! I have been building a rubber-band ball ever since I read the Warren Buffett biography "Snowball". I wanted something in my office that symbolized the snowball idea -- little achievements that gradually grow into something big -- and that I had made myself. It is growing pretty big right now. It occurred to me the other day that a successful strategy requires a dual approach. So now I am thinking that slow and steady is only half the picture. The other half is impulse, intuition, go-with-your-gut and, as my handle indicates, seat-of-my-pants! My question: What can I put in my office that symbolizes this spontaneous trait. The ying to the yang of snowball. The quantum-leap approach, if you will! I want to have something that is either interactive or made by myself so that it is not just an inanimate glump sitting on a shelf. Thank you for indulging me and I look forward to your insights.
posted by seatofmypants on Feb 20, 2012 - 37 answers

Office Space Talk

Tell me about the offices of CEOs. [more inside]
posted by oxford blue on Feb 9, 2012 - 21 answers

Help me choose my tattoo.

Help me help myself choose a tattoo. [more inside]
posted by trogdole on Jun 22, 2011 - 28 answers

What is this tree? (botany/architecture)

Please help me identify this plant, or what is the meaning behind my potential tattoo? (yes, these two are the same question) [more inside]
posted by ClarissaWAM on May 18, 2011 - 26 answers

Why a feather above the door?

I was a guest in a house where a feather or a few feathers were hung above the doors. [more inside]
posted by justlisa on Apr 10, 2011 - 3 answers

Very Weird Video

What on Earth is going on with this video of a woman on a pink bed in her jammies making creepy symbols and signs?
posted by ~Sushma~ on Mar 13, 2011 - 10 answers

"Don't be sorry, it's bad to be sorry."

What is the significance of the rabbit in the film Mona Lisa? [more inside]
posted by infinitewindow on Dec 25, 2010 - 2 answers

What's something that represents "tenacity"?

I'm making a website about sticking to personal resolutions (i.e. exercising every day) and I'm trying to come up with a mascot/logo that represents "tenacity". Help me think of animals or objects that are associated with sticktoitiveness!
posted by the jam on Oct 16, 2010 - 35 answers

fairy tales with swimming in rivers?

I'm looking for fairy tales that have swimming in them, or river symbolism: Puss in Boots is one. [more inside]
posted by titanium_geek on Aug 12, 2010 - 23 answers

Is it alright to put an oil painting in the trash..and does this idea have "good energy"?

I want to do something similar to this London artist's idea...but when I think about it I quickly get mired in the logistics. Can you help me decide if I could do something like this that would be environmentally correct plus not cost me money personally? "Art bin" [more inside]
posted by naplesyellow on Feb 5, 2010 - 4 answers

It can't be an oil derrick, this is Seattle after all

What is the thing that looks like an oil derrick in this picture? [more inside]
posted by dw on Sep 7, 2009 - 5 answers

What's the current state of thought regarding symbolism within psychological analysis?

What's the current state of thought regarding symbolism within psychological analysis (ie Freud and Jung)? I have only a slight knowledge of psychology, but I understand that both Freud and Jung have been widely discredited. Has there been any advances in symbolistic psychology since Freud and Jung's time? Is it still considered a valid tool with which to analyse the human mind and, in a wider context, the workings of the world? [more inside]
posted by humblepigeon on Sep 2, 2008 - 16 answers

Mongol Nazis?!

A friend of mine has just returned from Mongolia and was describing roving mad-max style gangs of men using Nazi symbols, with apparently limited understanding of their meaning in the west. Where can I read more about Mongolian Nazis? Is this really prevalent? How did they come to hear about Nazis in the first place? Do they get along with western neo-nazis (despite being ethnically Mongolian)? [more inside]
posted by phrontist on Aug 16, 2008 - 19 answers

Kate Chopin's "The Awakening"

I am trying to get a better understanding of Kate Chopin's "The Awakening" **Spoiler Alert** [more inside]
posted by madmamasmith on Jul 28, 2008 - 13 answers

Tell me about symbolism in clothing.

I'm interested in symbolic clothing. [more inside]
posted by giggleknickers on Jul 17, 2008 - 16 answers

Jewish Symbolism in Mothman Prophecies

Did anybody else notice all of the Stars of David in the movie the Mothman Prophecy? If so, what did you think it meant? [more inside]
posted by Raichle on Jun 14, 2008 - 6 answers

Why do I always dream about stairwells and elevators?

Whenever I dream, stairwells, elevators, and large buildings with multiple levels always figure prominently. There'd be nothing strange about this except a) my daily life does not involve stairwells, large buildings, or elevators in any way, and b) they're in absolutely every dream I have -- no exceptions. This has been going on for at least a year, possibly longer. What could be possibly be causing this?
posted by coizero on May 23, 2008 - 15 answers

Wolves at the Door

Wolf imagery and depression. References? [more inside]
posted by ZenMasterThis on Nov 30, 2007 - 10 answers

Will you marry me (even if I don't spend 2 months of my salary on a ring)?

How common is it for couples to get married without an expensive engagement ring? [more inside]
posted by mpls2 on Nov 19, 2007 - 117 answers

What destroyed itself, only to emerge better? And don't say Paris Hilton.

Mythology (?) question: I'm looking for a story or creature that must destroy or consume itself in order to either become stronger or to reveal its true form/essence. [more inside]
posted by ferociouskitty on Jun 28, 2007 - 25 answers

Is the Dharma Wheel a commonly recognized Buddhist symbol?

Non-Buddhists: Would you recognize the Dharma wheel as a Buddhist symbol? [more inside]
posted by aebaxter on Jun 2, 2007 - 53 answers

Tattoo inspiration

Looking for tattoo inspiration/symbolism. [more inside]
posted by comatose on Aug 3, 2006 - 16 answers

What's this red cross ring?

What's the meaning of this ring? [more inside]
posted by timetoevolve on Jul 9, 2006 - 17 answers

Tattoo design help.

Help me redesign my new tattoo. [more inside]
posted by ferociouskitty on Nov 30, 2005 - 11 answers

What, if anything, does this tattoo mean?

What do the spider web tattoos on one's elbows mean? [more inside]
posted by electroboy on Apr 11, 2005 - 7 answers

Identify head gear in this work of art

Can anyone identify either the name, or the purpose of a piece of headwear in this pastel by symbolist artist Lucien Levy Dhurmer? [more inside]
posted by fire&wings on Feb 26, 2005 - 4 answers

Significance to rolling up one sweatpant leg?

What's the story behind rolling one leg of sweatpants/warm-up pants up? Is it just fashion, or does it signify something? [more inside]
posted by me3dia on Jan 6, 2004 - 26 answers

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