Eyewitness Companions: Mythology

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Penguin, Sep 3, 2007 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 352 pages
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Originally told to explain the mysteries of the world—such as creation, divine will, fertility, death, and love—myths are a major part of many cultures throughout the world, and each area has its own myths. Organized by geographic region, each myth is placed within the civilization’s history and context. The key elements of world mythology, such as the hero, his divine connection, the labyrinth, the initiation, and the transformation,are explored in boxes and features throughout the book.

Philip Wilkinson has more than 50 titles to his credit in the fields of mythology, history, and the arts, including DK’s Illustrated Dictionaries of Mythology and Religions. Neil Philip is the author of many books on folklore and mythology, including The Illustrated Book of Myths and Myths and Legends Explained. Synopses of the great myths that have inspired human creativity from antiquity to the present Covers mythology around the globe, from the classic Greek to lesser known Malaysian Catalogs of gods by subject enable comparisons of distant civilizations

 

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Very good book. It covers a lot of different mythologies from Greek and Roman to some of the less known Native American legends. At the back it has a guide to who's who in mythology which is very good if you want to learn more about a specific god.

Contents

OCEANIA 244
245
WHOS WHO IN MYTHOLOGY 264
265
Creators and high gods 268
268
Mother goddesses and Earth deities 286
286
Gods of the sea sky and cosmos 292
292
Deities of animals and hunting 300
300
Deities of fertility and agriculture 306
306
Deities of love childbirth and the home 312
312

Death and beyond 28
28
The end of the world 30
30
32 THE CLASSICAL WORLD
33
EUROPE 96
97
ASIA 136
137
THE AMERICAS 190
191
AFRICA 222
223
Deities of fate and fortune 318
318
Trickster deities 324
324
Gods of war 330
330
Deities of the Underworld 338
338
Index 344
344
Acknowledgments 351
351
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