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Dictionary-of-Ancient-Deities $34.95

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Paperback - By Patricia Turner & Charles Russell Coulter
Nothing reveals more about a civilization than the gods and goddesses it worships. For thousands of years men and women have fashioned stories about divine beings to explain their most mysterious, terrifying, and exalted experiences. And yet today the names of many of these deities lie buried. The Dictionary of Ancient Deities brings those names to light. Here, in one superbly written volume, is every known divine being throughout recorded history, from Athena and Brahma to the evil demon king Ngworekara of the African Fan people and the Babylonian dream messenger Zaqar. With over 10,000 entries, The Dictionary of Ancient Deities is the most comprehensive reference of its kind, covering not only gods and goddesses but also spirits, places, festivals, sacred texts and objects, heroes, monsters, demigods, and the plethora of fantastic mythical beasts that have populated the human imagination from time immemorial. The encyclopedia also includes many deities often missing from standard collections, notably from Inuit, Native American, and African cultures. Alphabetically arranged entries provide the name of each deity (with alternate spellings), followed by the tribe or culture that worshipped the deity. Most importantly, the entries--whether brief descriptions or longer essays--offer lucid and engaging explanations of the origins and functions of the god or goddess, as well as any needed cross-references to guide the reader to related topics. With a comprehensive index and an extensive bibliography, The Dictionary of Ancient Deities is the best choice for scholars, students, or anyone intrigued by the rich pantheon of divine beings that have mirrored the human psyche and shaped our earliest civilizations.
608 pages.