Goddesses in World Mythology

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Spanning 30,000 years of goddess worship, Goddesses in World Mythology provides access to nearly 11,500 entries from many cultures: Greek, Celtic, Indian, African, Chinese, Slavic, Mesoamerican, Japanese, and more. Organized alphabetically within geographical regions such as Egypt, the Far East, Oceania, North America, and the Himalayan region, entries identify each goddess by her most common anthropological, mythological, or religious name, then identifies the culture recognizing that goddess, summarizing her ...

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Overview

Spanning 30,000 years of goddess worship, Goddesses in World Mythology provides access to nearly 11,500 entries from many cultures: Greek, Celtic, Indian, African, Chinese, Slavic, Mesoamerican, Japanese, and more. Organized alphabetically within geographical regions such as Egypt, the Far East, Oceania, North America, and the Himalayan region, entries identify each goddess by her most common anthropological, mythological, or religious name, then identifies the culture recognizing that goddess, summarizing her powers or attributes, often providing a brief story characterizing her personality and motivations.

The most comprehensive and comprehensible work of its kind, Goddesses in World Mythology features two indexes that divide the goddesses by name and attribute, over 2,000 cross references that guide the reader to other entries, and an extensive bibliography. This unique and easy to use guide shows that goddesses were not just wives, sisters, mothers, or fertility figures, but supreme deities themselves.

Covering 3,000 years of goddess worship, and offering unprecedented access to information on more than 11,000 goddesses, nymphs, demons, and deified women, this fascinating book explores hundreds of cultures the world over that have worshipped female divinities. 100 illustrations.

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This excellent dictionary compiles information on 9500 female deities, deified women, female spirits, nymphs, and fairies. The entries are alphabetically listed under geographic locations: Africa, Central and Mesoamerican, Eastern Europe, Egypt, the Far East, the Greek and Roman empires, the Himalayas, the Indian subcontinent, the Near East, North America, Northern Europe, Oceana, Southeast Asia, and Western Europe. Each entry lists the name, country of origin, major attribute and characterization of the goddess in question, and entries marked with an icon relate succinctly a portion of her legend. A name index and an index by attribute are included, and an extensive bibliography provides an excellent resource for further scholarship. Highly recommended for any reference collection.-Gail Wood, SUNY Coll. of Technology Lib., Alfred
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A massive compendium of goddesses in the mythologies of people throughout the world, including such far corners as the Himalayas and Oceania. The information includes the region and the people, attributes, the translation of the name, a description, often a story a few sentences long, synonymy, other names or spellings, cross-references, and bibliographic references. Indexed by name and attribute. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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"This comprehensive guide is the first of its kind and covers 30,000 years of goddess worship. For academic and large public libraries."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195091991
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 7/13/1995
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 672
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.88 (h) x 1.78 (d)

Meet the Author

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Martha Ann is a doctoral candidate in Women's Religious Studies at the University of Colorado. Dorothy Myers Imel is a professional writer and editor.

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