Mythologies of the World

Mythologies of the World

The Illustrated Guide to Mythological Beliefs & Customs

Book - 2001
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Baker & Taylor
Looks at ancient myths and legends, how they are interpreted today, and what they mean now.

Book News
This volume looks at ancient myths and legends, how they are interpreted today, and what they mean now. The introduction traces the origins and natures of myths, the search for heroes and heroines from living history or human imagination, and recurrent mythological themes. In subsequent chapters, McKenzie (authority on comparative religious ethics), Richard Prime (freelance writer on related topics), Lisa George (classics, Arizona State U.) Ray Dunning (Kingston College) and other experts examine specific mythologies of various cultures and discuss topics including living in the context of a mythology, establishment of collections of deities, interactions between gods and goddesses, various kinds of gods, historical background, and epic stories. Extensively illustrated with color photographs, illustrations and maps. A somewhat lightweight treatment of the subject, appropriate for younger readers. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Blackwell North Amer
Many of today's traditions, customs, and beliefs are legacies derived from myths and legends our ancestors created as they first formed settlements. They arose from a need to give meaning and understanding to the natural world and to human emotions and desires. Throughout recorded history, ancient myths and legends have influenced art, literature, music, and religion and are still part of our lives today.
Mythologies of the World looks at ancient myths and legends, how they are interpreted today, and what they mean to us now. It includes features on the origins, beliefs, customs, and practices of the major centers of mythology.

Publisher: New York : Checkmark Books, c2001
ISBN: 9780816044801
0816044805
Characteristics: 160 p. : ill. (some col.), col. maps ; 29 cm
Additional Contributors: McKenzie, Michael C.

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