Encyclopedia of Gods: Over 2,500 Deities of the World

Encyclopedia of Gods Over Deities of the World Since the beginning of time the same mysteries have puzzled people on every continent the same fears have beset them They have attempted to explain the mysteries and allay the fears in the same way t

  • Title: Encyclopedia of Gods: Over 2,500 Deities of the World
  • Author: MichaelJordan
  • ISBN: 9780816029099
  • Page: 290
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Since the beginning of time, the same mysteries have puzzled people on every continent the same fears have beset them They have attempted to explain the mysteries and allay the fears in the same way through the worship of gods Deities have been identified with the human psyche for at least 60,000 years Encyclopedia of Gods offers concise information on than 2,50Since the beginning of time, the same mysteries have puzzled people on every continent the same fears have beset them They have attempted to explain the mysteries and allay the fears in the same way through the worship of gods Deities have been identified with the human psyche for at least 60,000 years Encyclopedia of Gods offers concise information on than 2,500 of these deities, from the most ancient gods of polytheistic societies Hittite, Sumerian, Mesopotamian to the most contemporary gods of the major monotheistic religions Allah, God, Yahweh Among the cultures included are African peoples, Albanian, Pre Islamic Arabian, Aztec, Babylonian, Buddhist, Canaanite, Celtic, Egyptian, Native American, Etruscan, Germanic, Greek, Roman, Hindu, Persian, Polynesian, and Shinto The Encyclopedia includes not only the most significant gods of each culture but minor deities as well Here you will find information not only on Zeus, Thor and Astarte but also on Tozi, the Aztec goddess of healing, Annamurti, the Hindu patron deity of the kitchen, and Nyakaya, the Shilluk crocodile goddess Each entry provides details on what culture worshiped the god, the role of the god, and the characteristics and symbols used in identification In the case of the important personalities, references in art and literature and known dates of worship are also provided Indexes by civilization and role of the god enable the researcher to compare gods across cultures or to find information on specific topics of interest Encyclopedia of Gods will be indispensable to students and researchers in religions, anthropology, history and archaeology It will also provide endless information for thereader interested in mythology and legend.

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    1. While none of the entries are terribly extensive, this is an interesting little reference book showing just how many ways humans have attempted to come to terms with their universe.

    2. This is an excellent resource for the obscure references I encounter during research projects. When I read a document that expects me to be familiar with deities I have never heard of, the Encyclopedia of Gods has come through for me more often than not.

    3. I suppose it is hard to catalog all the gods, and author Michael Jordan (not that Michael Jordan) does a decent job gathering up over a couple thousand gods, which I am sure was no easy task.However, the book isn't really that thorough in its scope nor in its descriptions of the gods. Some quick checks showed missing gods right away. Ask any fan of Mayan mythology about the Popol Vuh and the hero twins, and they will tell you about Hunapu and Xbalanque and their adventures in the underworld. The [...]

    4. I got this from the library to see if it was worth buying. It is. You'd need to find some dedicated books for full details, but entries are long enough to get the idea and short enough for further explanation of mythology and folklore to a child when you encounter gods and goddesses as characters in read-aloud time. Or Marvel movies.

    5. This book is helpful, especially for people who are trying to understand more than one religion. I use this book as a compass on finding out all I can about the gods and goddesses.

    6. A useful dictionary of gods from throughout the world. Not a complete listing but good enough for a reference.

    7. I have skipped through this book as a reference book. A lot of good stuff. Will be using it through the year so I'm declaring it read.

    8. My Rating System:* couldn't finish, ** wouldn't recommend, *** would recommend, **** would read again, ***** have read again.

    9. This is a go-to book of information not findable anyplace else. He did his homework, and now I can do mine.

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