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Creation Myths of the World [2 volumes]: An Encyclopedia Hardcover – December 18, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-1598841749 ISBN-10: 1598841742 Edition: 2nd

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• Provides the most comprehensive coverage available of the world's creation mythologies

• Examines what creation myths tell us about their cultures of origin

• Reveals fascinating and unexpected connections between the creation beliefs of peoples in different parts of the world

• Presents a wealth of expert scholarship in a style and format that is accessible to students or general readers

• Over 200 entries on the creation myths of various peoples, belief systems, and religions from around the world, in addition to entries on the common features of many creation myths, such as the seed, the primordial being, the creative fire, water, and stages of creation

• 5 in-depth essays analyzing the nature and significance of the archetypal forms of creation myths

• A series of first person retellings of creation myths from different cultures by contemporary individuals

• Charts that categorize the myths according to type, theme, and geographical location

• An extensive glossary of terms related to creation myths—both general and specific

• An annotated bibliography of print and online resources for further exploration of all aspects of creation mythology

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How was the world created? Where did people come from? What is the meaning of life? Nearly every belief system in every part of the world has its own distinctive answers to these questions, often taking the form of a story or myth. These narratives offer insight into a culture's values, its world view, and its interpretations of the relationship between the individual, society, and the divine.

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