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Mythology (Anglais) Relié – 13 mai 1999

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World myths, gods, heroes, creatures and mythical places revealed "Eyewitness Companions offer an essential reference library, perfect for novices or anyone who just wants to know more about their favourite pastime." Heyday Undertake a quest of discovery – and learn about some of the greatest myths and characters the world has ever known – without leaving your armchair.Get the story behind famous tales, from Greek mythology to the lesser known myths from the Americas, Oceania and Africa. Enjoy timeless epics vividly retold and beautifully illustrated, from creation myths to tales of heroism. Plus, come face-to-face with gods and monsters in the who’s who of characters from mythmaking cultures.A fresh and exciting look at the great stories, epics, and legends of the past. --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Flexibound .

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Beautifully illustrated, broad focus, not very in-depth 5 août 2011
Par Dienne - Publié sur
Format: Relié
This beautifully illustrated book is a good introduction to mythology for younger kids (perhaps elementary age), which will hopefully whet their appetite for more in-depth study of specific mythological beliefs of different cultures.

This book defines mythology as "a collection of stories that help people make sense of the world". "Myth" is not used in the sense of something that's not true, but in the sense of stories transmitted within a culture. Hence, every culture throughout time, including our own, has had "mythology". The book makes little if any attempt to distinguish "religion" from "mythology". Hence, elements from modern religions including Christianity/Judaism, Islam and Hinduism, are included along with ancient mythology such as Norse and Roman. True believers of any religion may be offended by such inclusion, but it makes sense if you refer back to the definition above.

Rather than provide an in-depth coverage of various mythologies of specific cultures (e.g., Norse, Greek, Roman, Chinese, etc.), this book looks for common themes that cut across various mythological systems. After the introduction, for instance, the book discusses creation, the cosmos, the sun and moon, the making of humankind and supreme beings. Later sections cover specific kinds of gods, including trickster gods, gods of war and gods of love. The final sections cover beliefs about death and dying and about the end of the universe or the end of life as we know it.

Personally, I don't prefer this type of organization. I'd much rather read in-depth accounts of each mythological system individually. That provides a greater understanding of the general relation of all the elements of each mythology and provide a better understanding of the worldview engendered by such mythology (as well as the physical and cultural existence of the people who believe(d) such mythology, since culture and religion/mythology mutually interact and influence each other).

But on the other hand, this organization works for this book which is, after all, only a broad survey introduction. Furthermore, it has the advantage of showing that religious/mythological beliefs of different cultures living in different times and places share more similarities than differences, which, in turn, shows that humans themselves share more similarities than difference, regardless of time, place or culture.

As mentioned, the full-color illustrations are excellent and provide the main draw of the book. Many show artifacts such as amulets and sculptures representing mythological figures, while others show artists' renderings of stories from various mythological systems. These pictures provide a rich visual feast which can be studied far longer than it takes to actually read the book and, in fact, tell us more than the written words can.

Recommended for any library, including home collections.
I love these books 3 avril 2014
Par Jtown - Publié sur
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
I love to read all types of history books, but sometimes they can get dull. I occasionally get these types of books to break up the monotony. They are full of pictures and details that describe the topic. This book covers most of the old and new mythology ideas and stories. Very interesting and fun to read. I recommend this book to any one wanting to know more about this subject.
Great book! 16 janvier 2013
Par Bookworm76 - Publié sur
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
This was a gift for my 11 yea old daughter. She's been searching for this particular Eyewitness Book for close to a year, and we have not been able to find it anywhere else. It has a ton of information and illustrations. She loves this book.
Adding to our child's mini science library 17 mars 2014
Par Fendry Utama - Publié sur
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
We gave our child the first book at age-5 (now 8). Remember buy the most current revision that has the CD library attached at the right upper hand corner of the book.
required words 27 décembre 2012
Par C. Hawkins - Publié sur
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
good book- covers a lot- kids like it- no objections- good price for real education. It seems it will last a long time.
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