The Macmillan Illustrated Encyclopedia of Myths & Legends
Macmillan, 1989 - 260 pages
Fully indexed and containing lavish color illustrations and a wealth of line drawings, this is the most up-to-date, beautiful, and graphically useful reference of its kind on the market today.
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The animal - man , painted on the wall of a cave or carved in stone , is another
archetypal figure of prehistory . Images of ... Imitating animals is evident in the
initiation rites of African peoples , where young men still dress up as lions .
African masks , such as this one from the Bapende of Zaire ( above ) , often
represent animals ' heads , the part of the animal believed to hold its power . The
wearer of the mask is protected by this power and enabled by it to dance like the
Each ntoro group had its own legends and favourite animals . For example , the
clever group revered the snake . ... and three sons , to gather a male and female
of every animal into the ark . He then sent a flood to destroy life on earth .
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This gorgeously illustrated book is divided into three sections: essays on the role of myth in major civilizations, including non-European ones; an encyclopedia of gods and goddesses; and a micropedia ... Read full review