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Posted December 3, 2002
Fascinating Look at Mythology
One thing that struck me the most reading through this book is how the author describes not only the various deities of different cultures, but also the societies that "developed" them. Another thing was the similarites between cultures about certain myths, such as creation. It seems the tone of the stories and the various deities depended on the cultures themselves. Some cultures, like Greece and Rome and Egypt told stories that tended to be on the "lighter" side, whereas the Northern European countires had myths that told of "epic battles." I also enjoyed reading about and remembering the ancient Greek, Roman, and Norse mythologies I remember studying as a junior high school student long ago. The book explains the deities of numerous cultures including Greek, Roman, Norse, Chinese, Indian, North and South America. In some cases, a culture had so many different deities, it's impossible to name them all, but still the author does a wonderful job in explaining the major ones. Anyone wanting to take a quick "look back" at myths they studied in school or those with an interest in learning more about world mythology will enjoy this book.
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