The Friendly Guide to Mythology: A Mortal's Companion to the Fantastical Realm of Gods Goddesses Monsters Heroes

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Penguin, Aug 26, 2003 - Fiction - 448 pages
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How was the world as we know it created? What does it mean to be a hero? Where do we go when we die? Why are flood myths so ubiquitous? Anyone who has pondered these and other questions about humanity's ancient beliefs will be fascinated by The Friendly Guide to Mythology. Focusing on Greek and Roman mythology but including myths from Africa, Asia, Australia, northern Europe, and the Americas, The Friendly Guide to Mythology is filled with compelling stories of gods, goddesses, mortals, and monsters. Beautifully ornamented with photos, line drawings, and quotes, this entertaining guide also includes an A-to-Z listing of the world's most captivating goddesses; profiles of famous writers, collectors, and interpreters of myths; and engaging sidebars. Featuring myths of love, wisdom, and adventure as well as those of violence, jealousy, and pure folly, this accessible collection offers fascinating insight into the human psyche and brings our rich mythological heritage delightfully into focus.
 

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Intended as a popular compendium of world myths, this broad survey is a limited, quickly referenced assembly of tales that includes gods, goddesses, origins, and beliefs. The anthology samples all ... Read full review

Contents

Tales of Creation and Destruction
Tales of Dismemberment
The Mating of the Gods
The Origin of Humanity
The Ages of Humanity
Tales of the Flood
Tricksters and Troublemakers
Death Destruction and Apocalypse
Sedna
TatsutaHime
TienMu
White Buffalo Woman
Xochiquetzal
YambeAkka
Zeus Lord of the Dark Storm Cloud
Hera Goddess of Marriage

The Final Battle
The Legendary Mythologists
Amaterasu
Bastet
Benten
Brigit
Cerridwen
Coatlicue and Coyolxuahqui
Cybele
Durga
Epona
Freyja
Frigg
Gnowee
Hengo
Huitaca
Inanna
Isis
Jari
Kali
Kuan Yin
Lilith
Mary
Niamh
Oshun and Oya
Parvati
Pele
Quies
Rhiannon
Poseidon God of the SeaBlue Mane
Homer Lawrence of Arabia and the Homeric Question
Demeter and Persephone
Lord of the Dead Land of the Dead
Hestia and the Vestal Virgins
Golden Aphrodite
Apollo God of Light
Wild Thing
A Motherless Child
Ares and Mars Gods of War
Hephaestus the Crippled Smith
Prometheus Champion of Humankind
Hermes Lord of Rascals Prince of Thieves
Dionysus God of Joy
Ovid
Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Hero
Gilgamesh
The Heros Task
Heracles
Jason and the Golden Fleece
Tales of the Cauldron
Theseus
Krishna
Littleonejustbornhewalked
Cú Chulainn
The Heroic Lover
Psyche
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Nancy Hathaway's books include The Friendly Guide to the Universe and The Unicorn.

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