Vainglorious gods and irresistible seductresses. Beastly beasts and brutal warriors. Stories centuries in the making, and centuries worth of stories, are explained in this fascinating guide to mythology.
Mythology forms our understanding of our origin, history, and traditions. They tell of our heroes and deities. Myths are vehicles for understanding religion, learning language, and understanding society, but they can often be difficult to understand and confusing. From a world of gods and goddesses to classic heroes and epic journeys to beastly monsters and irresistible seductresses, The Handy Mythology Answer Book answers nearly 600 questions and offers fun facts about the treachery and violence, the inspirational and epic, the supernatural monsters and heroic mortals found in mythology, including …
What is the nature of Creation Myths?
How can myths be compared to dreams?
What was the Egyptian Book of the Dead?
Why is the biblical flood story so like the Babylonian flood myth?
How and why are the Odyssey and the Iliad so different from each other?
How is myth used in politics?
What was the Metamorphosis?
How did the Vedas contribute to Hindu mythology?
Who invented Chinese writing?
What was the Aztec pantheon?
What is the story of the Cherokee Grandmother Sun?
Who are some Native American tricksters?
What is the story of Schrödinger’s Cat?
How did Freud use myths?
A glossary of commonly used terms and an appendix of parallel mythology exploring universal themes, motifs, and archetypes from across various cultures further explains the world of mythology. With many photos, illustrations, and other graphics, this tome is richly illustrated. Its helpful bibliography and extensive index add to its usefulness.