- Paperback: 402 pages
- Publisher: Facts on File (September 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0816064903
- ISBN-13: 978-0816064908
- Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.4 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,600,298 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dictionary of Gods and Goddesses Paperback – September, 2005
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The Dictionary of Gods and Goddesses is a 402-page paperback dedicated to gods and goddesses, featuring over 2,500 entries and spanning ancient and contemporary cultures. The author provides a chart of the chronology of the principle religions and cultures covered in the book, which include:
* Australian Aboriginal
* African Yoruba
The author gives only brief treatments of minor gods and goddesses, but affords the major deities with a bit more coverage in the book, including original cultural source, the role of the deity, genealogy, symbols, attributes, art references, literary sources, and so on.
The Dictionary of Gods and Goddesses does not include demigods, demons, or mythological heroes. According to the author, a demigod is "a personality who was once mortal but has been elevated to the celestial ranks". However, significant ancestral personalities who have been clearly deified and treated entirely as gods and goddesses (e.g. the Sumerian god Dumuzi or the Norse god Balder) are included, even though they're technically demigods.
Yet, while the demigod Guatama Buddha has been included, Jesus Christ has not.Read more ›
A common challenge for believers is to avoid becoming so fixated on their particular god or gods that they ignore or never learn about other gods.
Just skimming through this book will expand one's awareness about our long-time obsession with gods.
I highly recommend this book.
--Guy P. Harrison, author of
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
Overall great book! Lists a lot of gods and goddess' and gives detailed info on each one. Only a short paragraph tho, so if you're looking for info on a specific god or goddess,... Read morePublished on October 27, 2011 by Ivy Wynd