Insect Mythology

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A rich and enjoyable collection of insect mythology from around the world.

This is the first book dedicated specifically to showing the important roles insects have played in mythology, and is a comprehensive and readable survey of insect myths from around the world. The book ranges from older, better-known insect myths such as sacred scarabs to new unpublished subjects such as insects as examples of parallel mythology.

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Overview

A rich and enjoyable collection of insect mythology from around the world.

This is the first book dedicated specifically to showing the important roles insects have played in mythology, and is a comprehensive and readable survey of insect myths from around the world. The book ranges from older, better-known insect myths such as sacred scarabs to new unpublished subjects such as insects as examples of parallel mythology.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780595150175
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/13/2000
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 156
  • Sales rank: 495,120
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii
List of Tables xi
Acknowledgements xiii
General Mythology 1
Insects as Symbols 3
Insects As Examples of Parallel Mythology 22
Old World Mythology 37
Insect Names Derived from Greek and Roman Mythology 39
Insects in Egyptian Mythology 49
The Insects and Other Arthropods of the Bible, the New Revised Version 64
Case Study--China: Cicadas in Chinese Mythology 81
New World Mythology 85
Insects in Mesoamerican astronomy 87
Insects in the Mythology of Native Americans 108
Case Study--Northwest Coast of North America: The Origin of Mosquitoes 120
About the Authors 125
References 127
Index 137
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