Encyclopedia of World Mythology
The myriad rituals used by medicine men, shamans and elders to call upon the spirits, the customary beliefs in the powers of the gods, and the social and cultural influences behind these beliefs are all explained within this volume.
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But the old cults continued : either they were adopted by the Church as its own
rites or they became magic . Thus Perun ( god of thunder and lightning ) became
Ilya the prophet ; Volos ( guardian of herds and flocks ) became St Vlasia ...
When the spirit guardians of a spring refused to give him water he became a hog
again and rooted for the spring . He then hurled the two spirit men across the
valley where they became two large rocks . The spring gave sparkling water
When she lit the fire beneath , the supports broke , and the griddle fell on to the
earth below , pushing it downwards to become the underworld with the griddle
now lodged inbetween as the earth . A third griddle became the sky . Fashioning
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This is an old book (1970s) I inherited from my father. It's rather intense so I only refer to it when one of my 'newer' books can't answer one of my questions. My favourite sections would be the one ... Read full review