posted on Jul, 15 2012 @ 06:18 PM
Originally posted by bigfatfurrytexan
reply to post by Hanslune
not much, other than trying to understand the minds that came up with them.
They were hidden via codes. Francis Bacon's writings are a good example. Ciphers.
edit on 15-7-2012 by bigfatfurrytexan because: (no
Oh one note, symbology is taught, its usually in cultural anthropology, its called under different names, Symbolic anthropology or interpretative
cultural anthropology, there are probably other names too
Symbolic anthropology views culture as an independent system of meaning deciphered by interpreting key symbols and rituals (Spencer 1996:535).
There are two major premises governing symbolic anthropology. The first is that "beliefs, however unintelligible, become comprehensible when
understood as part of a cultural system of meaning" (Des Chene 1996:1274). Geertz's position illustrates the interpretive approach to symbolic
anthropology, while Turner's illustrates the symbolic approach. The second major premise is that actions are guided by interpretation, allowing
symbolism to aid in interpreting ideal as well as material activities. Traditionally, symbolic anthropology has focused on religion, cosmology, ritual
activity, and expressive customs such as mythology and the performing arts (Des Chene 1996:1274). Symbolic anthropologists have also study other forms
of social organization such as kinship and political organization. Studying these types of social forms allows researchers to study the role of
symbols in the everyday life of a group of people (Des Chene 1996:1274).
It may also be taught under fine arts