World Mythology

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Roy G. Willis
Macmillan, 1993 - Religion - 311 pages
3 Reviews
A reference book, made beautiful by careful page design and numerous illustrations. Editor Willis's introduction explores the great themes of myth. Subsequent chapters are devoted to 19 different countries or regions, the pictures affording casual browsers a stimulating variety of tones and flavors, while the text offers a sampling of the beliefs, main characters, and themes of each locale's mythology. Certainly a worthwhile and thoughtfully prepared compendium. We lament the use of paper with an odor (though all other paper characteristics seem fine); we've recently seen other books printed in China that don't have this problem. Annotation copyright by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
 

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Excellent overview and intorudction to world mythology - with lots of line drawings sketches and photos. Introductory sections on great themes of mythology (e.g. creation, cosmic artchitecture, heroes ... Read full review

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The study of mythology does not suffer from a dearth of fine, scholarly reference books, but until now the general reader lacked a good, illustrated collection of the most important myths. In this ... Read full review

Contents

Foreword by Robert Walter
8
GREAT THEMES OF MYTH
17
A WORLD MYTHOGRAPHY
35
The Middle East
56
India
68
China
88
Japan
110
Greece
124
Central and Eastern Europe
206
North America
220
Mesoamerica
234
South America
250
and Ilyap a
256
Africa
264
Australia
278
Oceania
288

Rome
166
The Celtic World
176
Northern Europe
190
Southeast Asia
300
For Further Reading
308
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About the author (1993)

Willis is Research Fellow in Social Anthropology at the University of Edinburgh.

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