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ISBN: 0192177478
Author: Arthur Cotterell
Language: English
Publisher: Oxford University Press; 2nd edition (April 19, 1990)
Pages: 320
Category: Mythology & Folk Tales
Subcategory: Literature
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Arthur Cotterell's "A Dictionary Of World Mythology" is a concise reference guide to mythological traditions all . This book is your typical reference book. It tells you the name of the God or Goddess and gives you a very brief explanation and moves on.

Arthur Cotterell's "A Dictionary Of World Mythology" is a concise reference guide to mythological traditions all over the world. He breaks up the sections by geography (West Asia, South And Central Asia, East Asia, Europe, America, Africa, and Oceania) and each section contains a brief history of the region as it relates to their particular myths and a dictionary of deities & story elements related to that particular region. Plus, some of the entries were incorrect.

A Dictionary of World Mythology. Since Plato first coined the term 'mythologia', mythology has come to hold greater significance and power as a crucial element of civilization as a whole. Written by a leading scholar of ancient civilizations, A Dictionary of World Mythology presents the powerful gods of Greece, Rome, and Scandinavia, the more mystical deities of Buddhist and Hindu India, and the stern spirits of the African and American continents. Drawing upon hundreds of myths from around the globe, it not only reveals the vast differences in these civilizations,.

An Excellent Référence Book, As Well As a Good Book for Dipping Into AT Leisure. "An excellent overview of world mythology.

A Dictionary of World Mythology presents the powerful gods of Greece, Rome, and Scandinavia, the more mystical deities of Buddhist and Hindu India, and the stern spirits of the African and American continents together in one fascinating volume. Oxford University Press, Incorporated. An Excellent Référence Book, As Well As a Good Book for Dipping Into AT Leisure. I am seriously considering using this as one of the required texts for my theology class. -Jan Anderson, Clackamas Community College.

Arthur Cotterell is Principal of Kingston Upon Thames College of Further Education. A Dictionary of World Mythology Oxford paperback reference. Издание: перепечатанное. He is the author of several books on the ancient civilizations of East Asia, including China: A Concise Cultural History and The Minoan World.

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A Dictionary of World Mythology (Oxford Quick Reference) New Paperback BookPaperback: 330 pages. Arthur Cotterell sets out clearly the chief myths of the world and explains why different mythologies arose in different lands. Read full description. See details and exclusions. A Dictionary of World Mythology by Arthur Cotterell (Paperback, 1986). Brand new: lowest price.

Arthur Cotterell sets out clearly the chief myths of the world and explains why different mythologies arose in different lands. Comprehensive coverage in seven main sections of West Asia, South and Central Asia, East Asia, Europe, America, Africa, and Oceania. Clear and informative section introductions highlight the history and lifestyle of ancient peoples and the landscape in which they lived. Illustrated with black-and-white photographs and maps of each key area. Comprehensive coverage in seven main sections of West Asia, South and Central Asia, East Asia, Europe, America, Africa, and Oceania Clear and informative section introductions highlight the history and lifestyle of ancient peoples and the landscape in which they lived Illustrated with black-and-white photographs and maps of each key area. My-Shop 912. Похожие книги: Oxford Dictionary of Economics.

The powerful gods of Greece, Rome, and Scandinavia, the more mystical deities of Buddhist and Hindu India, and the stern spirits of the African and American continents all reflect very different civilizations, yet they also demonstrate the unity of mankind in its fundamental need for explanations of the unknown.

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"I am Nature, the universal Mother, mistress of all the elements, sovereign of all things spiritual....I am worshipped in many aspects, known by countless names, and propitiated with all manner of different rites, yet the whole round earth venerates me." With these words, Isis--the mother goddess of Egypt--reveals herself to her devotee, Lucius Apuleius, in his novel The Golden Ass. Just as this great goddess claimed to be universal, mythology itself exists in all cultures around the globe and extends back to the beginnings of human civilization. Plato first coined the term mythologia to mean merely the telling of stories which contain legendary figures. Since his time, and especially now with the resurgent interest in myths, mythology has come to hold greater significance and power as a crucial element of civilization as a whole. Written by a leading scholar of ancient civilizations, A Dictionary of World Mythology presents the powerful gods of Greece, Rome, and Scandinavia, the more mystical deities of Buddhist and Hindu India, and the stern spirits of the African and American continents together in one fascinating volume. Drawing upon hundreds of myths from around the globe, Arthur Cotterell not only reveals the vast differences in these civilizations, but also demonstrates the unity of mankind in its fundamental need for explanations of the unknown. Cotterell divides the chief myths of the world into seven main sections--West Asia, South and Central Asia, East Asia, Europe, America, Africa, and Oceania. Traveling through this vast array of legendary riches, we encounter Gilgamesh, the tyrannical, semi-divine king of Babylonia, who, according to the Gilgamesh Epic, rejected Ishtar and thus caused the ravaging of the earth by Anu, the bull of heaven, and the death of his lifelong friend Enkidu. We learn that Dharma--the term meaning the doctrine of duties and rights of each caste in the Hindu religion's ideal society--was an ancient Hindu sage who married thirteen of Daksha's daughters, and that, according to the Mahabharata, Daksha sprang from the right thumb of Brahma. From East Asian mythology, we discover Tsao Chun, the gentle Chinese kitchen god whose temple exists in a small niche near the cooking stove. Along with the well-known Greek and Roman deities, Europe has also brought us Dagda, the ancient Irish deity of life and death, who could, with one end of his staff, kill nine men and could, with the other end, restore them to life; and Balder, "the bleeding god" of Germanic mythology, renowned for his good looks and wisdom. According to Native American tribes living along the Xingu River in Brazil, a legendary nation called Minata-Karaia once existed with men who had holes in the top of their heads which produced high, loud whistles, and bunches of coconuts growing from their armpits. From Africa, Ogun, the Yoruban war god, descended by a spider's thread upon the marshy waste that existed prior to the formation of the earth. We also meet Papa, the ancestress of Hawaiian people, who functioned as Earth goddess and queen of the underworld, as well as mother of the gods. Each section contains an introduction highlighting the history, lifestyle, and ideology of the particular ancient civilizations, as well as the landscape in which they lived and the reasons why different mythologies arose in different lands.

Comments:

elektron
love the book but the font was small, i'm old, it looked small to me.
Maridor
Arthur Cotterell's "A Dictionary Of World Mythology" is a concise reference guide to mythological traditions all over the world. He breaks up the sections by geography (West Asia, South And Central Asia, East Asia, Europe, America, Africa, and Oceania) and each section contains a brief history of the region as it relates to their particular myths and a dictionary of deities & story elements related to that particular region.
The one thing I didn't like about this book (as I don't like about many other books on mythology and cross-cultural references) is the lack of a pronunciation guide. Many of these names are hard to figure out how to pronounce unless you have a linguistic background in those particular regions, and a brief phonetic parenthetical with each name would have been helpful. Other than that, I recommend this book to anyone interested in mythology who may not already have a good reference book on such topics.
Chi
This is a useful and readable dictionary especially for young students. It surveys myths of the whole world , of course not completely but most of important deities are included except Allah, Iesus Khristos and YHWH. However many Japanese people are not probably contented with the scantiness of Japanese entries ,and some of these articles are doubtful or uncertain about their sources--- e.g. In the item of FUJIYAMA there is a famous story of KAGUYAHIME maybe based on a classical Japanese literature "Taketori-monogatari", but the story narrated here is very different from the original texts , so I wonder on which version the author took the authority and from what folktale Mr.Cotterell cited this story , I would like to know. I hope that the editor of dictionary should indicate titles & chapter of sources or reference texts at the end of each item.
ZEr0
This book is your typical reference book. It tells you the name of the God or Goddess and gives you a very brief explanation and moves on. Plus, some of the entries were incorrect. In the East Asian section there's a story called 'Fujiyama' that covers the rise of Mount Fuji but it mixes two different Japanese myths that can be found in 'Myths and Legends of Japan'. I was very disapointed. You'd think it would be more in depth and correct with Oxford backing it. Oh well. I would skip this one and go for books that deal with a single country or region because they cover more and are more concise. When you try to put all the mythology of the world into one small book its like trying to squish an elephant into a clown car. It just won't work out. But you don't have to take my word for it. Get it and judge for yourself. Its not healthy to be a mindless sheep and do what a perfect stranger tells you to.

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