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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They were mischievous, wine-loving creatures, who were usually depicted in a
permanent state of sexual arousal, chasing nymphs or maenads. Their
licentiousness was extreme, and one of the functions of representations of satyrs
was to ...
The mosaic below, depicting the serpent-headed Medusa, comes from the floor
of a thermal spring at Dar Smala in Tunisia. ... Priapus features in many comic
and obscene poems, and in wall paintings he is depicted weighing his oversized
The great twelfth-century relief depicting the 'churning of the milky ocean' can be
seen at the temple of Angkor Wat in Cambodia. Particularly well illustrated are
episodes from the life of the Buddha and from one of his previous lives, depicted
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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