Mythology: An Illustrated Encyclopediaby Richard Cavendish (Editor), Trevor Ling (Editor)
Mythology is the study of the imaginative traditions through which man attempts to understand and control the world about him and reconcile himself to life's tragedies and sorrows. Many myths are tales of gods, ancestors and supernatural beings of the distant past and of how things came to be as they are. Everywhere in the world they have a profound influence on human attitudes and behavior. They contain a society's vision of its past, present and future. Myths are an integral part of every society, including our own.
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