Please pardon our Dust…the bulk of the symbol dictionary should be posted by the end of the month. If there is something in particular you would like to see first, please let me know here. This IS the original, authentic Visual Glossary of Religious Symbols published in 2001 and formerly hosted by About.com. This site will be the permanent home for the glossary, and we will continue the regular additions and updates.
How to use this site
If you are looking for a symbol you’ve seen but can’t identify, try the visual indexes at right.
If you want to browse symbols by genre, faith, or type, try the categories. If you want to view related symbol ideas, try searching by tag (ie, star, circle, magic, etc.)
Feel free to suggest tags. If you don’t see the symbol you’re looking for or have other comments or questions, don’t hesitate to contact me, either through the comment form below, or email:
You may also use the comment forms on any relevant page and check back for your answer.
If you are interested in publishing excerpts, or would like to use one of two images for a project, please drop me a line- I do grant permission in most cases- however, copying without permission or attribution is not allowed.
Use of materials offline for personal use, classroom use, etc., is almost always permitted.
How to cite this site:
Emick, Jennifer, [page title], http://symboldictionary.net [retrieval date]
If using an excerpt:
Copyright Jennifer , 2005-2009, [page title, linked to relevant page]
A Note on Copyright
The symbol glossary, definitions, images (ahem), look and feel of the site, etc., are copyrighted. Due to an extraordinary amount of recent plagiarism, I may or may not send a courtesy note to an offending webmaster before requesting a page be removed by its hosting company and/or de-indexed from Google.I hate to do this, but excessive copying damages my copyright and makes this site more difficult to find.
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