Sources of Symbols

Non-Western Symbols

My first choice is to find symbolism that already exists in Western Civilization, but where a gap exists, we can cast our net wider. Every language is a composite of all it's historic influences, so for concepts that are not easily expressed in simple Western glyphs, we can loot the rest of the world.

A few of the major non-Western symbolic traditions would be...


North American Indian pictographs

Adinkra symbols of Ghana

Linear B of Crete

Yes, it's European but it's outside the main line of Western cultural evolution.

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