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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In their travels they encountered the giant's herdsman whose wife turned out to
be Culhwch's aunt. When she heard of his quest, she was reluctant to help,
having lost 23 of her 24 sons to the giant. Nevertheless, she arranged a meeting
While the gods' daily business consisted mostly of protecting themselves from
giants, giants were not invariably the enemy. Occasionally they ... Odin himself
was descended from a giant and had several affairs with giantesses.
Not strictly a god (he was descended from giants), he lived among the Aesir,
joining in their escapades and often helping ... Mischievous Loki caused both
Idunn and her apples to be stolen away by a giant, yet it was also Loki's cunning
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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