This site is all about the myriads of ways humans express and communicate ideas, thoughts, feelings, beliefs, hopes, dreams, and even nightmares. Civilizations, religions and cultures, and even families, clubs and gangs, have found unique ways to encode their understandings of themselves and the world through symbolism.

The menu on the left provides links to the many categories of symbols offered here.
For example, click:
Ancient to explore Ancient Symbols,
History to explore History of Symbols, or
Religious for Religious Symbolism.

Since Symbols.Net is a directory, much of what it does for you is provide links to other websites which may contain the information you are seeking. But there is also significant information provided right here at Symbols.Net.

Below are a few samples
of the information you can explore through this website. To give proper credit to the sources of the images below, links are provided to the source websites:

This sample of african "Adinkra" symbols is from:


Adinkra Symbols of West Africa
An illustrated guide to the African symbols called Adinkra used in Ghana, West Africa, with an adinkra index and high-quality adinkra images.


You can find more information about african and other symbols
by clicking the symbol category links on the left.


This sample of ancient Sumerian writing is from:


Ancient Scripts of the World
Designed to give an introduction to writing systems, which hopefully will tantalize the reader into searching for more information on the web or in books and publications.


See the Ancient category on the left.


These symbols are a sample from:


A Visual Database of Extremist Symbols
ADL Training and Resources to Assist Law Enforcement in Fighting Extremism and Terrorism. Hate on Display.


See the Law category.


This sample of the Egyptian numbering system is from:


Egyptian Hieroglyphs
Introduction to Egyptian hieroglyphic writing and numbering, with translators for numbers and fractions - a site.


Click the Hieroglyphics category on the left.


Blissymbolics Phrase: ride to space and back
This phrase means: "ride to space and back". It's from a symbolic language called:


Integrated Pictographic Language System for international communication, currently used by people with language-related disabilities.


Invented by Charles Bliss after WWII, it was originally intended to open up international communication and understanding, but since the 1970s has been used to help language-disabled individuals communicate.


See the Blissymbolics category.