Eyewitness Companions, 1st Edition

  • Philip Wilkinson
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  • ISBN-10: 0756642213
  • ISBN-13: 9780756642211
  • Grade Level Range: 11th Grade - 12th Grade +
  • 352 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2007 | Published/Released June 2009
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2007

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Originally told to explain the mysteries of the world;such as creation, divine will, fertility, death, and love;myths are a major part of many cultures throughout the world, and each area has its own myths. Organized by geographic region, each myth is placed within the civilization's history and context. The key elements of world mythology, such as the hero, his divine connection, the labyrinth, the initiation, and the transformation,are explored in boxes and features throughout the book. Philip Wilkinson has more than 50 titles to his credit in the fields of mythology, history, and the arts, including DK's Illustrated Dictionaries of Mythology and Religions. Neil Philip is the author of many books on folklore and mythology, including The Illustrated Book of Myths and Myths and Legends Explained. Synopses of the great myths that have inspired human creativity from antiquity to the present Covers mythology around the globe, from the classic Greek to lesser known Malaysian Catalogs of gods by subject enable comparisons of distant civilizations.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Title Page.
Other Frontmatter.
Other Frontmatter.
Copyright Page.
1: Introducing Mythology.
2: What Is Myth.
3: Myths in Context.
4: In the Beginning.
5: The Cosmos.
6: The First Beings.
7: Heroes and Tricksters.
8: The Great Flood.
9: Death and Beyond.
10: The End of the World.
11: The Classical World.
12: Europe.
13: Asia.
14: The Americas.
15: Africa.
16: Oceania.
17: Who's Who in Mythology.
18: Creators and High Gods.
19: Mother Goddesses and Earth Deities.
20: Gods of the Sea, Sky, and Cosmos.
21: Deities of Animals and Hunting.
22: Deities of Fertility and Agriculture.
23: Deities of Love, Childbirth, and the Home.
24: Deities of Fate and Fortune.
25: Trickster Deities.
26: Gods of War.
27: Deities of the Underworld.