Mythology of the World

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This fascinating title offers an introduction to the history and charismatic characters of myths and legends from around the world. The highly visual approach-using beautiful photographs and detailed illustrations from renowned artist Nicki Palin-together with lyrical retellings of these essential stories transport every myth across the centuries to captivate the imagination of today's reader.
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Overview

This fascinating title offers an introduction to the history and charismatic characters of myths and legends from around the world. The highly visual approach-using beautiful photographs and detailed illustrations from renowned artist Nicki Palin-together with lyrical retellings of these essential stories transport every myth across the centuries to captivate the imagination of today's reader.
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Children's Literature
This collection of worldwide myths offers readers a glimpse into a multitude of ancient and contemporary cultures using fascinating narratives and embellishing each with elegant photographs or detailed illustrations. Spreads offer brief profiles throughout the book, beginning with a definition of myths and their appearance in a variety of genres. Continent maps are highlighted with charming drawings of mythical characters and identified vegetation. Lyrical retellings from each country relate amazing details of the ancient cultures and reveal how people lived, where they came from, and how their social structure was affected by actions that happened around them. Good structure and brevity allow students to follow the action, gain information, interact with the text, and accomplish easy transitions. Headings appear in the upper right-hand corner identifying the country/region represented and its mythological name, providing direction when reading the book (example—Scandinavia: The Vikings). This unique collection of stories includes many not-so-familiar entries, curtailing details of the customary, recognizable myths. A list of gods and goddesses not mentioned in the text, a glossary, and an index are included. In this spectacular account, young scholars can glean just how primitive peoples interpreted their world and then used myth to justify the present and glorify the past. 2004, Kingfisher, Ages 10 to Adult.
—Barbara Troisi
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-Not only is world myth a rich source of story and motifs, but familiarity with other cultures is a great goal for a shrinking globe. Philip's large-format compendium is beautifully designed and illustrated, combining colorful, well-selected photos, maps, and drawings. It begins with a dozen engaging pages on cultural, spiritual, functional, and other general aspects of myths. Geographically organized sections give most coverage to Europe and Asia, less to the Americas, and least to Africa and Australia/Oceania. These proportions are similar in Philip Wilkinson's Illustrated Dictionary of Mythology (DK, 1998) and Sheila Keenan's Gods, Goddesses, and Monsters (Scholastic, 2000), volumes with a comparable focus, layout, and scope. All three are attractive and reliable. There is remarkably little overlap in the illustrations. With four different type sizes, Philip's book spreads out its text over more pages. One main difference is that this collection tends to cover lesser-known myths, sometimes at the expense of the better known. Philip includes unusual myths, e.g., from indigenes in India, Malaysia, Japan, and Siberia, and touches occasionally on history and current events. Packing a lot into small type, Wilkinson's book is probably the best buy, though Philip's would be a wonderful complement to either one.-Patricia D. Lothrop, St. George's School, Newport, RI Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780753457795
  • Publisher: Kingfisher
  • Publication date: 10/28/2004
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 160
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.03 (w) x 10.75 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author

Neil Philip is a noted folklorist and anthologist who has written several books on Native American and multicultural themes for Clarion, including IN A SACRED MANNER I LIVE, which was named both a YALSA Best Book for Young Adults and a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. He lives in England.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 8
The World 10
What are myths? 12
Myths and culture 14
Myths and spirituality 16
Myths and society 18
Myths and geography 20
Myths and the stars 22
The meaning of myths 24
Europe 26
Prehistoric Europe
Lost in time 28
Ancient Greece
The divine child 30
A deadly maze 32
Gods of Olympus 34
The city guardian 36
Demeter's fury 38
The power of prophecy 40
Fighting for Helen 42
Ancient Rome
Adopted gods 44
The sacred fire 46
Numa's religion 48
Foreign gods 50
Republic of ireland
The Celtic chief 52
Scandinavia
The rise of the Vikings 54
The Vanir and the Aesir 56
The world tree 58
Twilight of the gods 60
Lonnrot's collection 62
Eastern Europe
Perun's thunder 64
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