Mythology (Visual Reference Guides Series)

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All the major myths—from epics of love, adventure and heroism, to creation stories—are vividly retold and beautifully illustrated in Visual Reference Guides: MythologyIt's a complete who's who of the key mythological characters in all myth-making cultures and includes the famous tales of Greek and Roman mythology—as well as the lesser known stories of peoples of the Americas, Asia and Africa, allowing you to discover the themes and beliefs that...
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Overview

All the major myths—from epics of love, adventure and heroism, to creation stories—are vividly retold and beautifully illustrated in Visual Reference Guides: MythologyIt's a complete who's who of the key mythological characters in all myth-making cultures and includes the famous tales of Greek and Roman mythology—as well as the lesser known stories of peoples of the Americas, Asia and Africa, allowing you to discover the themes and beliefs that recur across different cultures.

Philip Wilkinson has more than 50 titles to his credit in the fields of history, mythology, and the arts, including Illustrated Dictionaries of Mythology and Religions and A Celebration of Customs and Rituals of the World, which was adopted and endorsed by the United Nations.

Neil Philip is the author of many books on folklore and mythology. Among his books are The Illustrated Book of Myths, Eyewitness Mythology, and Myths &Legends Explained, The Great Mystery: Myths of Native America, The Cinderella Story, The Penguin Book of English Folktales, and Horse Hooves and Chicken Feet: Mexican Folktales, which won the Aesop Prize of the American Folklore Society.
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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 4 Up-Covering creation, the cosmos, the sun and moon, supreme beings, floods, the natural world, fertility and birth, ancestor worship, forces of evil, divine weapons, war, spirits, love and happiness, tricksters, idols, mythical beasts, death, and the end of the world, this book leaves few stones unturned. Collected from museums worldwide, lavish photos of figurines, paintings, mosaics, masks, textiles, and other treasures display a veritable gallery of culture within these pages. Philip points out similarities of world myths and provides quite a bit of introductory information, though the sound-bite presentation that makes this series so popular cannot go into the detail that the subject deserves. There is no sense that any of the practices, such as shamanism, still exist, and the overall tone of the book is rather patriarchal. Report writers may glean a few facts, but will have to look further for more information or for the actual stories mentioned. The wealth of illustration far outweighs the literary value, but as a browsing tool, this is bound to be used.-Angela J. Reynolds, West Slope Community Library, Portland, OR Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781435121287
  • Publisher: Metro Books
  • Publication date: 3/15/2010
  • Series: Visual Reference Guides Series
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 332,194
  • Product dimensions: 8.66 (w) x 5.24 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Table of Contents

What is mythology? 8
Creation of the world 10
The cosmos 12
Sun and moon 14
Making humankind 16
Supreme beings 18
Floods and storms 20
The elements 22
The natural world 24
Fertility and birth 26
Children of the gods 28
Ancestor worship 30
Evil forces 32
Superheroes 34
Divine weapons 36
Gods of war 38
Contacting the spirits 40
Love, fortune, and happiness 42
Tricksters 44
Animal idols 46
Mythical beasts 48
Painting the story 50
Universal creatures 52
Death and the underworld 54
Sacred sites 56
End of the world 58
Index 60
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  • Posted May 2, 2011

    This book is great.

    I read this book in two night just before bed. This book gives a general outlook on what people at a certain time believed in. Each section is outlined and easy to follow. Every page is in color and the pictures are interesting. The down side is that each section is a general overlook. The font is small when reading the captions. I recommend this for a quick reference for any library.

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  • Posted June 23, 2011

    Highly recommended

    An excellent resource for my college class on mythology. The basic sources material would be of great help in beginning research for their term papers. Excellent for a visual generation.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2010

    Interesting Read...

    Good Mythology guide, not for those that want details.

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