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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At first the Sumerians seem to have imagined some of these forces in animal form
, but in later times the human form came to be preferred as a way to represent the
gods. Gradually, the gods drew closer to mankind and moved into the temples ...
Despairing at the enormity of the forces Tiamat had ranged against them, the
gods elected Marduk as their absolute ruler and champion. Marduk's victory in
the ensuing struggle gave the leadership of Mesopotamia to the city of Babylon.
However, cunning is not always used for evil ends – the Indian monkey god,
Hanuman, for example, uses his subtle wit to aid the forces of good. The Norse
mischief-maker Loki was finally captured and bound by the gods in order to
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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