From the ancient Greeks to the Aztecs, people across the world have created a rich tapestry of stories, characters, and beliefs to explain the mysteries of creation and the forces of nature and death. Mythology of the World examines both ancient and contemporary cultures and explores their unique myths and legends, carrying every myth across centuries to today's readers.
Mythology of the World's sparkling, readable text covers more than fifty myths from Europe, Asia, America, Africa, Australia, and Oceania. It includes a directory of gods, humans, monsters, and animals.
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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.From School Library Journal:
Grade 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
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