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Bibliography: S


Santillana, Giorgio de, and Von Dechend, Hertha
Hamlet's Mill: An Essay on Myth and the Frame of Time
Gambit, 1969, David R. Godine, 1977
LC 69-13267
ISBN 0-87923-215-3

Keywords:
religion, myth, folklore, cosmology, astrology, prehistoric, ancient, Africa, Asia, Australia, Crete, Egypt, Europe, Greece, Meso-America, Middle East, North America, Pacific Islands, Rome, South America, world survey

Comment:
An extremely important book on archaeoastronomy which takes the unusual tack of eschewing mention of archaeological observatory sites in favour of an exposition of the thesis through a study of cross-cultural astronomical mythology. Recommended and back in print, having been recently re-reprinted by David R. Goodine. CY


Schama, Simon
Landscape and Memory
Alfred A. Knopf, 1995
ISBN 0-679-40255-1
652 pp., profusely illustrated in b&w and colour

Keywords:
natural sacred sites, megaliths, mounds, houses of worship, funerary-cemetery-burial sites, vernacular architecture, symbolic landscaping, religion, myth, folklore, cosmology, religious iconography, sacred site tourism, ancient, medieval, renaissance, modern, Asia, Crete, Egypt, Europe, Greece, Meso-America, Middle East, North America, Rome

Comment:
Essays on cultural perceptions of sacred landscape in various eras and regions of the world. Marketed as a philosophical book about ecology, it is rather an art history of landscape as cultural icon. Contains good material on holy mountains, sacred groves, and sacred waters; the symbolic relationship between gothic architecture and the European forest; the Arcadian paintings of Poussin, et al; and the grotesque and funerary-memorial styles in garden design. CY


Schele, Linda and Miller, Mary Ellen
The Blood of Kings: Dynasty and Ritual in Maya Art
William Morrow, 1986

Keywords:

houses of worship, funerary-cemetery-burial sites, archaeoastronomical observatories, symbolic landscaping, metrology, religion, myth, cosmology, religious iconography, ancient, medieval, Meso-America


Schele, Linda
see also
Freidel, David et al
Maya Cosmos and A Forest of Kings


Schimmel, Annemarie
The Mystery of Numbers
Oxford University Press, 1993
LC 90-22456
ISBN 0-19-506303-1

Keywords:
religion, myth, folklore, cosmology, number symbolism, astrology, occultism, ancient, medieval, renaissance, modern, world survey

Comment:
A highly respected scholar of Islamic cultureÕs illuminating tour of the mysteries attributed to numbers over the centuries. Heart of the book is a guide to the symbolism of numbers found in the Pythagoreans, Platonists, Cabala, Islamic Brethern of Purity, and KeplerÕs belief in the mathematical elegance of planetary motion. Examines individual numbers ranging from one to ten thousand, discussing the meanings they have had for Judaic, Christian;, and Islamic traditions, with examples from Indian, Chinese and Native American cultures as well. MZ


Schneider, Michael S.
A Beginner's Guide to Constructing the Universe
HarperCollins, 1994
LC 92-5622
ISBN 0-06-016939-7

Keywords:
natural proportion, patterns, ratio, golden section, spirals, polygons, polyhedra, Pythagoras, Fibonacci, religion, myth, cosmology, number symbolism

Comment:
A philosophical journey along the numbers one through ten to explore the mathematical principles made visible in flowers, shells, crystals, plants, and the human body, expressed in the symbolic language of folk sayings and fairy tales, myth and religion, art and architecture. A refreshing view of mathematics and a comprehensive guide to the patterns that recur through the universe and underlie human affairs. MZ


Schroeder, Manfred
Fractals, Chaos, and Power Laws

Keywords:
natural proportion, religion, myth, folklore, cosmology


Schwaller DeLubicz, R. A.
A Study of Numbers
Inner Traditions International, 1986
LC 86-7324
ISBN 0-89281-112-9

Keywords:
religion, cosmology, number symbolism

Comment:
Starting with the irreducible one, Schwaller DeLubicz treats the first four numbers by tracing the unfolding of creation through the cycles of polarization (two), ideation (three), and formation (four). Topics covered include numbers, values, and relations; the disengagement of numbers; the harmonic basis of numbers; the development of values; and the establishment of harmony. MZ


Schwaller DeLubicz, R. A.
The Egyptian Miracle: The Wisdom of the Temple
originally published in French as
Le Miracle Egyptien
Flammarion, 1963; Inner Traditions International, 1985
ISBN 0-89281-008-4

Keywords:
houses of worship, ancient, Egypt


Schwaller DeLubicz R. A.
Esoterism and Symbol
Inner Traditions International, 1985
ISBN 0-89281-014-9


Schwaller DeLubicz, R. A.
Nature Word
English translation by Deborah and Robert Lawlor
Inner Traditions International, 1982
LC 82-81069
ISBN 0-89281-036-X


Schwaller DeLubicz, R. A.
The Temple in Man: Sacred Architecture and the Perfect Man
originally published in French as
Le Temple De LÕHomme
English translation by Deborah and Robert Lawlor
Caracteres, 1957; Autumn Press, 1977: Inner Traditions International, 1981
LC 81-13374
ISBN 0-89281-021-1

Keywords:
natural proportion, links between geometry-music-architecture, houses of worship, ancient, Egypt

Comment:
"This is the cardinal work to which all the others lead or refer. Though not intended for specialists, the sheer complexity and magnitude of the work makes it accessible only to those willing to devote the necessary time and effort to it." [quoted without atribution by JCP]

Comment
Schwaller de Lubicz agrees with Lockyear that the Ptolemaic temple is built on the remains of older temples. JCP

Comment:
The only Schwaller de Lubicz book i have read, but, frankly, i was not impressed. He superimposes geometric constructs over ancient Egyptian bas-reliefs of pharoahs and gods to demonstrate that they were drafted according to geometric principles, but all he may be "discovering" is that natural forms, including human bodies, follow latent geometric principles. In some cases, his juxtapositions of geomtery. architecture, and anatomy seem forced, arbitrary, or even deliberately skewed to me. CY


Screeton, Paul
Quicksilver Heritage: The Mystic Leys, Their Legacy of Ancient Wisdom
Abacus 1977

Keywords:
natural sacred sites, megaliths, mounds, petroglyphs, houses of worship, archaeoastronomical observatories, symbolic landscaping, ley lines, religion, myth, folklore, astrology, UFOs, Atlantis, sacred site tourism, prehistoric, ancient, medieval, Europe

Comment:
The former editor of "The Ley Hunter" examines ancient sites, legends, churches, flora and fauna, heavens, astrology, UFOs, vanished civilizations, terrestrial zodiacs. ley hunting, ley geometry, field work. A huge variety of subjects and theories are covered -- an excellent and detailed survey. TS


Scully, Vincent
Architecture: The Natural and the Man Made
St. Martin's Press, 1991

Keywords:
natural sacred sites, houses of worship, symbolic landscaping, ancient, medieval, renaissance, Europe, Greece, Middle East, North America

Comment:
An excellent book, examining the marks made on the land by people. It is focused on the Western tradition and history. Scully begins in the Americas, dicussing the temples of Mexico and the Taos Pueblo and how their attempts to remake their respective culturesÕ sacred mountains into built form have lead to the creation of modern societiesÕ desires to construct skyscrapers. This philosophy is then carried over to the zyggurat construction of Mesopotamia, and then follows the development of the sacred mount in architecture up until Palladio, ending with his influence on monuments made to honor the fallen of WWI. There is also a discussion on the alignments of the buildings of the Acropolis and the axis between the water in the port below and the top of a nearby mountain. PMN


Scully, Vincent
The Earth, The Temple and the Gods: Greek Sacred Architecture
Yale University Press, 1962

Keywords:
natural sacred sites, houses of worship, symbolic landscaping, religion, myth, cosmology, religious iconography, ancient, Greece

Comment:
An illustrated catalogue of Greek temples; scholarly, dry, extremely detailed. CY


Sharkey, John
Celtic Mysteries: The Ancient Religion
Thames & Hudson, 1975, 1991
117 illustrations
LC 78-62807
ISBN 0-500-81009-5

Keywords:
natural sacred sites, houses of worship, funerary-cemetery-burial sites, religion, myth, folklore, cosmology, religious iconography, ancient, medieval, Europe

Comment:
Another in the Thames and Hudson picture book series on sacred art. CY


Short, Ernest H.
The House of God: A History of Religious Symbolism
Macmillan, 1926
342 pp., 100+ plates

Keywords:
houses of worship, religion, myth, folklore, cosmology, religious iconography, ancient, medieval, renaissance, Asia, Crete, Egypt, Europe, Greece, Meso-America, Middle East, North America, Rome, South America

Comment:
About half the text is devoted to non-Western and ancient architecture. TP


Silverberg, Robert
Mound Builders of Ancient America: The Archaeology of a Myth
New York Graphic Society, 1968

Keywords:
mounds, houses of worship, funerary-cemetery-burial sites, vernacular architecture, sacred site tourism, prehistoric, ancient, North America


Skinner, Stephen
The Living Earth Manual of Feng Shui
[-], 19--
ISBN 0-7100-9077-3, also given as ISBN 0-14-019112-7

Keywords:
feng shui, Asia

Comment:
An excellent book; less concentration on household feng shui. ALTF


Snodgrass, Adrian
Architecture, Time and Eternity: Studies in the Stellar and Temporal Symbolism of Traditional Buildings
Goal, 1990
2 vols.

Keywords:
megaliths, houses of worship, vernacular architecture, religion, myth, folklore, cosmology, religious iconography, prehistoric, ancient, medieval, renaissance, Africa, Asia, Australia, Crete, Egypt, Europe, Greece, Meso-America, Middle East, North America, Pacific Islands, Rome, South America, world survey

Comment:
A fabulous work, completely surveying the esoteric concepts underlying all the worldÕs architecture, including the ignored chapters of "primitive" architecture suh as American Indian, African, and nomadic peoples. Snodgrass is informed by the philosophy of Guenon, Schuon, and Ananda Coomaraswamy. TP


Stevenson, David
The Origins of Freemasonry: Scotland's Century, 1590-1710
Cambridge University Press, 1988
ISBN 0-521-39654-9 paperback

Keywords:
freemasonic iconography, europe

Comment:
David Stevenson is a Professor in the Department of Scottish History at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. The book's careful treatment of historical data can be taken as an antidote to the speculative excesses of some of the recent sweeping theories of Masonry's origin in the Templars, Early Christianity or Ancient Egypt. He builds a case for believing that Masonry was created during the 16 hundreds in Scotland, the century prior to the emergence of a public presence for Masonry in 1717 in England. There are chapters on the medieval contribution, William Schaw, the Sinclairs of Roslin, The Renaissance contribution, rituals of identification and initiation, Sir Robert Moray, the early Scottish Lodges, and the contrast between Scottish and English Freemasonry. One of the most interesting points is the fact that William Schaw mentions the Art of Memory in his statues regulating Masonic lodges in Scotland. The chapter on the Renaissance contribution is excellent. If you want to seriously understand the origins of Masonry, this is a book you should read. If you are out for a thrill, by all means, ride with the Templars. DW


Stewart, Ian and Golubitsky, Martin
Fearful Symmetry: Is God a Geometer?
Blackwell Publishers, Penguin Books, 1992
287 pp., illustrated
ISBN 0-631-18251-9

Keywords:
natural proportion, patterns, ratio, golden section, spirals, polygons, polyhedra, Pythagoras, Fibonacci

Comment:
A popular treatise on the mathematics of static and dynamic symmetry; accesible to the average non-mathematician. CY


Streep, Peg
Sanctuaries of the Goddess: The Sacred Landscapes and Objects
Little, Brown, and Comnpany, 1994
222 pp., illustrated with colour and b&w photos
LC 93-10342
ISBN 0-8212-2115-9

Keywords:
spirals, megaliths, houses of worship, vernacular architecture, religion, myth, folklore, cosmology, religious iconography, prehistoric, ancient, Crete, Europe, Greece, Middle East

Comment:
A well-written and handsomely illustrated popular accompaniment to the scholarly (and sadly b&w) books of Marija Gimbutas. Streep provides a readable, even insightful introductory survey of the neolithic and ancient temple sites and votary figures that Gimbutas and her school associate with goddess worship in Old Europe. CY


Swan, James
Sacred Places: How the Living Earth Seeks Our Friendship
Bear & Co., 1990
ISBN 0-939680-66-1


Swan, James
The Power of Place: Sacred Ground in Natural and Human Environments, An Anthology
Quest Books, 1991

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