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The Student's Mythology: A Compendium of Greek, Roman, Egyptian, Assyrian, Persian, Hindoo, Chinese, Thibetian, Scandinavian, Celtic, Aztec, an Hardcover – January 26, 2012


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  • Hardcover: 246 pages
  • Publisher: Benediction Classics; Reprint edition (January 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781390703
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781390702
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #997,696 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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There is also some very heavy christian bias threaded into it.
Chris
I love any sort of mythology, and this was a really interesting book.
Barbara Gerish
I do not want to be told how I should think about those myths.
Melissa Thomas

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48 of 52 people found the following review helpful By James VanLaningham on December 30, 2012
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This is a primer written for students of girl's schools in the late 19th century. Its only interest is an example of the most stereotypically tight-assed attitudes of Victorian mores. The introduction to the work explicitly states that it avoids elements of the mythologies which young ladies might find "disturbing". Throughout the book, one finds pitying comments at the naïveté of the poor stupid pagans who believed this stuff, and smug satisfaction that modern readers are now blessed with the knowledge of the "truth" of Christianity.

Such comments become more offensive as the book discusses the mythology of contemporary non-Christian religions.

Still, it's all data. The book provides a number of character and place names I found useful for further research, and is perhaps irreplaceable as a case study of the ethnocentrism at the heart of 19th century colonialism.

@jdvanlaningham
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25 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Chris on February 10, 2012
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The question and answer format of the book makes it difficult to read.
It also makes for a very awkward flow.
There is also some very heavy christian bias threaded into it.
And some of the tales as related in this book conflict with all other sources of those tales.

If you're thinking about reading this, I recommend you pass.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Moyra on February 3, 2013
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Historically incorrect, and the views are so skewed I could barely get past chapter one.

At least I didn't waste money.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By VETRA on March 6, 2012
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This was a very interesting book for those whom are hungry to learn about mythology or those who have just an interest in the sort of thing. At times it can be a little perplexing, but nothing a little re-reading can't fix. It is a well organized book and I highly recommend this book to college students or as said in the beginning of the review, those who have a high curiosity .
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Gerish on September 7, 2013
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I love any sort of mythology, and this was a really interesting book. I liked all the different stories from the different places.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Thomas on April 27, 2014
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The entire book was filled with heavy Christian bias and opinion. From the outright ridiculing of the pagans for believing such things to the decrying their rituals as improper and disgusting. I wanted to throw my Kindle across the room and could not even finish the book.

When I get a book about mythology, I want to read the actual myths. I do not want to be told how I should think about those myths. I'm thankful I had not wasted money on this.
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By Jason green on June 26, 2014
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A good reference, especially since it's free. Takes a bit of effort sometimes to find what you need, but it has a lot of info.
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this is a great book to have for information on the different patheons of the goddess/gods. It gives good info
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