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Human Teeth and Skull Symbolism


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Biličić, Maja. (2018). Human Teeth and Skull Symbolism. Diploma Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Chair of Anthropology. [mentor Lauc, Tomislav].

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This master's thesis is a review of the symbolism of human teeth and skulls, prevalent in many past traditions, as well as various modern cultures. The research shows how different religious and spiritual influences, along with rituals and superstition, inspired the attachment of symbolic meanings to objects such as teeth and skulls. Whilst teeth attained their symbolic meaning predominantly through their modification, skulls were already deemed sufficiently frightening due to their relation with death and passage of life. Nevertheless, the symbolic meanings changed throughout history, and differencing from culture to culture, whilst those most prominent remain to this day.

Item Type: Diploma Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: symbolism, teeth, skull, culture, tradition, modification, religion, spirituality, superstition, decoration
Subjects: Ethnology and cultural anthropology
Departments: Chair of Anthropology
Supervisor: Lauc, Tomislav
Date Deposited: 05 Apr 2019 12:54
Last Modified: 05 Apr 2019 12:54

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