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World Mythology (Henry Holt Reference Book) Paperback – October 15, 1996

ISBN-13: 978-0805049138 ISBN-10: 0805049134

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Product Details

  • Series: Henry Holt Reference Book
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Holt Paperbacks (October 15, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805049134
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805049138
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #351,919 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The study of mythology does not suffer from a dearth of fine, scholarly reference books, but until now the general reader lacked a good, illustrated collection of the most important myths. In this fascinating and authoritative encyclopedia, scholarly contributors use more than 500 color photographs, maps, and artifacts to describe the myths of Egypt, the Middle East, India, China, Tibet, Mongolia, Japan, Greece, Rome, the Celtic lands, Northern and Eastern Europe, the Arctic, North and South America, Mesoamerica, Africa, Australia, Oceania, and Southeast Asia. An insightful foreword by Robert Walter of the Joseph Campbell Foundation adds further credibility to this oversized, colorful book. Recommended for the general reader and as an introduction for the student and scholar in any library.
- Gary P. Gillum, Brigham Young Univ., Provo, Ut.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"A comprehensive and comparative survey of the myths of nineteen cultural regions. "-American Libraries

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I purchased this for my son and he loved it.
Maggie, nature lover
As the title implies, this book is a comprehensive collection of mythical stories around the world, spanning a variety of cultures and time periods.
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I am using this book for a virtual mythology class, and it is a very helpful tool.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Joseph F. Ragusa on January 4, 2003
Format: Paperback
With each chapter written by an expert, plus beautiful illustrations, this is a great anthology for those seeking a bird's eye view of the World's myths and legends. It is also fun to read and is not dense to the point that it cannot be read from cover to cover. I took off a star because there was nothing on Finnish mythology. Also, the mythology of Persia was just one page long, which I felt was too little.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By C. Seawell on May 17, 2000
Format: Paperback
I was doing a paper on Greek Mythology and found this book in the Reference section of our library. There was so much great infomation in it that I had the librarian xerox half of it! The layout includes vivid pictures of ancient artifacts and art work on just about every page. The book also has sidebars and "boxes" of information that are helpful--kind of like the impulse buy section at the check-out! As the title says--it shares myths and religious practices from all over the world; each country is broken down into logical topics. I really enjoyed this book and had to own it! It's ideal for anyone taking a Humanities, Literature or Anthropology course! I know I will use it again in the future!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Coyote on September 7, 2008
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
First, its strong points:

The prose was intelligent, the rich images of ancient artwork on every page added a great deal of context to the myths, and coverage of the subject matter was very comprehensive as a whole. I was impressed with the quality of the book itself. The pages were thick, high quality paper (almost like card-stock) and the full color images were beautiful. It was a pleasure to hold and read.

Second, its weak points:

In the sections on several cultures, the stories were summarized so much that at times I had trouble following them. In the myths I as familiar with from previous study, I realized part of the problem was that key details were skipped over in the telling that would have made future details (which were included) have made more sense. While the slangy tone of Mythology for Dummies was aggravating, it did a better job than this book of telling the individual stories it covered. That having been said-- this book covered much more ground than Mythology for Dummies, which was concerned largely with Greek Mythology (it dedicated half its pages to this culture alone). This book covered the mythology from many more world regions, which is doubtless why the author gave fewer details.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By S. Martens on February 11, 2008
Format: Paperback
I have used this text in my World Mythology college classes for several years now and expect to continue for some time. I like the way it is set up, with the overview of common mythological themes, then covering each of several world myths in separate chapters. The text is easy to follow -- let's face it, today's college students are visual learners -- and has many illustrations and examples of art for the various cultures. Several students have told me they also like the text and intend to keep it. They also appreciate the reasonable price.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Hiram Gomez Pardo HALL OF FAME on June 15, 2006
Format: Paperback
The great myths of the world gather significance since the fundamentals events of the human life: birth, death, conflict, loss reconciliation, the cycle of the stations. They talk us about the own life in an understandable tune, but filled of a fascinating mystery.

This text is an extensive compendium, well documented of the main mythological traditions, in which the interest of the narrations blend with the required information for its total comprehension.

Roy Willis is investigator of Social Anthropology in Edinburgh's University, author of Man and beast(1975) about the animal symbolism in the beliefs of the African nations.

Robert Walter, is Director of Joseph Campbell's Foundation, entity without profit purposes destined to preserve, protect and perpetuate the work of Joseph Campbell(1904-1987) one of the most eminent and zealous studious of our age.

An essential reference text!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bethany J. Fish on February 8, 2009
Format: Paperback
I'm using this as a text book for my mythology survey course and I'm finding it quite useful. Make sure you've got a dictionary handy to look up some words, but otherwise I find it easy to use, well organized and full of usefull information like pronounciation guides and regional timelines.
There is a strong emphasis on Europe and the Near East though biblical myths are compleatle ignored which to me isa major dissadvantage having not been raised in a Judeo-Christian house hold. All of the Americas are also rather thinly covered as in Oceana.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MRF on February 5, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book was purchased by me for my class in Fantasy, Myth and Enchantment. The general consensus is that the illustrations are beautiful, the history of where the myths come from are great and the myths themselves although good can be a bit dry.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Enzo on August 6, 2012
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It is a heavy book giving an overview of world mythology. There are little original texts and the myths are not told in great detail.
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