Gods and Goddesses of Mythology II, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1625132492
  • ISBN-13: 9781625132499
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - 12th Grade
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  • Original Copyright 2015 | Published/Released September 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2015

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The concept of supreme beings with the power to alter the natural world—and influence the lives of humans in the process—is common to all cultures around the globe. Civilizations have built religions and cultivated societal traditions around their attempts to appease or enjoin the favor of these might masters of human fate. This series examines the belief systems of ancient and indigenous peoples, highlighting the deities and spirit beings that have figured prominently in each society.

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This authoritative volume examines the two main faiths, Confucianism and Daoism, that developed before China had meaningful contact with the rest of the world. Aspects of Buddhism later joined features of these faiths to form elements of Chinese ideology and, with the beliefs in immortals and the worship of ancestors, they led to a popular religion. The narrative describes the gods and goddesses that dominated China's mythology and folk culture, roughly from the 3rd millennium to 221 BCE, including the Baxian (Eight Immortals), Chang'e (moon goddess), Guandi (god of war), the Men Shen (door spirits), and Pan Gu (first man).

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Gods & Goddesses of Ancient India  (ISBN-10: 1622753917 | ISBN-13: 9781622753918)

This encyclopedic volume is a thorough examination of the history of religion in ancient India, detailing each of the gods and goddesses, his or her origins, and how the gods continue to be worshipped today. The history of religion is directly tied to the history of the past one thousand years. World history is an important part of the history curriculum, making this volume a valuable teaching tool, as well as an entertaining read. Vibrant images make it a visual experience.

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Gods & Goddesses of the Inca, Maya, and Aztec Civilizations  (ISBN-10: 1622753976 | ISBN-13: 9781622753970)

Sharing many common beliefs, deities, and rituals, the religion of the Maya, Aztec, and Inca was rooted in both the earth and the sky, the rhythms of the seasons, and the movements of the sun, moon, and stars. Readers will meet rain and sun gods, corn gods and fertility gods, earth mothers who are both creators and destroyers, and even a feathered serpent. Lavish primary-source images of arts and artifacts are paired with text that is both information-packed and enthralling. Readers who enter this pantheon are in for an awe-inspiring cultural journey through the divine mysteries of time and space.

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Native American Spirit Beings  (ISBN-10: 162275400X | ISBN-13: 9781622754007)

Native American spirituality is as rich and varied as the cultures wherein it is practiced. Unlike the ancient Greeks and Romans, who worshipped divine gods and goddesses, the indigenous people of North America revere a variety of non-deity spirit beings, which are entities with mystical powers. The crux of Native American spirituality and detailed entries regarding some of the most intriguing spirit beings are discussed in this book. Detailed material on Native American religious traditions, beliefs by culture area, and a complete chapter on nature worship are included in this informative package.

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