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Symbolism or symbolist may refer to:


  • Symbolism (arts), a 19th-century movement rejecting Realism
  • Symbol, something that represents, stands for or suggests an idea, belief, action, or entity
  • Color symbolism, the use of colors within various cultures to express a variety of symbolic meanings


  • Religious symbol, an iconic representation of a religion or religious concept
    • Buddhist symbolism, the use of Buddhist art to represent certain aspects of dharma
    • Christian symbolism, the use of symbols, including archetypes, acts, artwork or events, by Christianity
    • Symbols of Islam, the use of symbols in Islamic literature, art and architecture
    • Jewish symbolism, a visible religious token of the relation between God and man


  • Symbolic anthropology, the study of cultural symbols and how those symbols can be interpreted to better understand a particular society
  • Symbolic system, a system of interconnected symbolic meanings
  • Solar symbol, a symbol which represents the Sun in psychoanalysis, symbolism, semiotics, or other fields

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