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 the more remote upland areas these ideas had little impact, and tribal groups
retained their individual beliefs and customs. Vietnam, the northern half of which
was controlled by the Chinese courts from 111 BCE, retains much of its Chinese
Oceania a INTRODUCTION CEANIA IS USUALLY divided into three regions: the
larger islands | above Australia or Melanesia long-settled by dark-skinned
agricultural people; scattered groups of small islands contiguous to Asia or
CREATOR BEINGS ^ clan or language group owns or knows a complete myth.
Usually, a local group knows the segment of the myth that narrates the story of
the being while it sojourned in their country. This necessitates different groups ...
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