Mythologies of the World

Mythologies of the World

by Michael C. McKenzie, Ray Dunning, Lisa George, Richard Prime
     
 

Mythologies of the World introduces readers to the myths, beliefs, traditions, and customs from around the globe and throughout history. An extensive introduction traces the origins and nature of myths, the search for heroes and heroines from living history or human imagination, and key recurrent themes in world mythology, including prehistoric wonders,

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Mythologies of the World introduces readers to the myths, beliefs, traditions, and customs from around the globe and throughout history. An extensive introduction traces the origins and nature of myths, the search for heroes and heroines from living history or human imagination, and key recurrent themes in world mythology, including prehistoric wonders, creation myths, the Earth mothers, god and goddesses, warrior leaders, and the underworld and the afterlife. Subsequent chapters, each written by an expert in the field, examine specific mythologies of different cultures, from the Sumerian, Babylonians, and Assyrians to the Egyptians, Greeks and Romans, Indians, Africans, Asians, North and South Americans as well as Australasian and the Oceanic cultures.Coverage within each chapter include:· Living one's life in the context of a mythology· A family tree of gods and their powers· Historical background to the period· Works of art depicting the deities, heroes, and legends· Epic stories· Location maps.

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School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-Twelve chapters are arranged geographically and, according to the introduction, chronologically by the spread of mythology throughout civilization. The areas covered are: Mesopotamia, ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, Northern Europe, Central and Eastern Europe, Africa, India, China and East Asia, North America, Central and South America, and Oceania. The origins, themes, and history and legacy of each area's mythology are covered. Sacred sites and customs and rituals are also discussed. Summaries of several myths are included, and the many sidebars provide additional information. The book is abundantly illustrated with labeled drawings and maps, average-quality reproductions, and photographs of sites and artifacts. The clear, clean layout features lots of white space. This will be a good book for younger researchers and useful to high school students in need of material written in an easy-to-read style. Many libraries will already have a handful of books that cover this subject quite well: Richard Cavendish's Mythology (Rizzoli, 1980; o.p.), Neil Philip's Annotated Guides: Myths and Legends (DK, 1999), Encyclopedia of World Mythology (Galahad, 1975; o.p.), or Pierre Grimal's Larousse World Mythology (Putnam, 1965; o.p.). Additional for most collections.-Herman Sutter, Saint Agnes Academy, Houston, TX Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816044801
Publisher:
Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/01/2001
Series:
Illustrated Guide to Customs and Beliefs Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
8.88(w) x 11.37(h) x 0.58(d)
Age Range:
11 - 17 Years

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