South and Meso-American Mythology a to Z

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South and Meso-America gave rise to several major civilizations in the region that today encompasses 21 countries. The mythology that emerged from this land of extremes is rich with stories of floods and fires, horrific monsters, heroes who help create the world before their fathers are born, and a host of gods and goddesses who are alternately jealous, kind, evil, and arrogant. South and Meso-American Mythology A to Z is a clearly written reference guide to these mythical traditions. Containing 41 illustrations,...
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Overview

South and Meso-America gave rise to several major civilizations in the region that today encompasses 21 countries. The mythology that emerged from this land of extremes is rich with stories of floods and fires, horrific monsters, heroes who help create the world before their fathers are born, and a host of gods and goddesses who are alternately jealous, kind, evil, and arrogant. South and Meso-American Mythology A to Z is a clearly written reference guide to these mythical traditions. Containing 41 illustrations, four maps, a time line, a bibliography, an index, and extensive cross-references, South and Meso-American Mythology A to Z is a comprehensive and accessible reference guide for anyone interested in learning more about South and Meso-American myths, traditions, and beliefs.
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Gr 6 Up-Handsome, colorful exteriors combine with an appealingly spacious layout to produce inviting surveys of complex subjects. Simple language and modest-length entries introduce the customs, beliefs, legends, ceremonies, and knowledge of many ancient peoples. Entries often include translations of names, alternate spellings, and cross-references to other articles. Each volume offers a historical introduction, a time line, simple maps, a generous bibliography of recent books and reliable Web sites, and a substantial index. However, a map of the area under discussion in South and Meso-American does not specify which areas comprise Meso-America and which make up South America. In both books, average-quality, black-and-white photographs appear throughout. Colin Taylor's Native American Myths and Legends (Smithmark, 1995; o.p.) is more dynamically illustrated with many bright color photographs. Two accessible and brilliantly illustrated titles that would complement Bingham's volume are Tony Allan's Lost Realms of Gold (Time-Life, 2000) and Timothy R. Roberts's Gods of the Maya, Aztecs, and Incas (Metro, 1996).-Ann G. Brouse, Steele Memorial Library, Elmira, NY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816048892
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/28/2004
  • Series: Mythology A to Z Series
  • Pages: 160
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments v
Introduction vii
Time Line for South and Meso-America xv
Map of South and Meso-America xvi
A-to-Z Entries 1
Selected Bibliography 131
Index 133
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