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Dictionary of Gods and Goddesses Paperback – September, 2005

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  • 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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By Janet Boyer HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on January 26, 2006
Format: Paperback
"The same mysteries have puzzled people on every continent, the same fears have beset them and they have all attempted to explain the mysteries and allay the fears in the same way-through the worship of gods." - From the book

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:

* Sumerian

* Egyptian

* Australian Aboriginal

* Akkadian-Babylonian

* Hindu

* Hittite-Hurrian

* Greek

* Hebrew

* Mayan

* Celtic

* Buddhist

* Roman

* African Yoruba

* Polynesian

* Nordic-Icelandic

* Christian

* Inca

* Aztec

* Maori

* Islamic

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.
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This book is an excellent resource for anyone seeking basic information about the stunning variety of gods that humans have believed in over the last several centuries.

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

Race and Reality: What Everyone Should Know About Our Biological Diversity

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50 Reasons People Give for Believing in a God

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lots of info on gods and goddess. The back even has them separated into pantheons so you don't have to go searching for every single one individually
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This books got it all, I didn't know there were THAT many deities! Definately a must have for any witch/pagan/coven...or anyone who wants to know anything about any deity.
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