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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On linguistic grounds it cannot be linked to any other known language. The
beginnings of Sumerian civilisation go back to the fourth millennium when the
first cities with monumental mud-brick architecture appeared. The economic
basis was ...
Maenads (also known as Bacchantes) were women incited into religious frenzy
by Dionysus, as dramatised by Euripides in his play The Bacchae. They left their
homes and roamed wild around the countryside. Each carried a special staff ...
INTRODUCTION have had a sophisticated method of water control and may
have had a naga (Sanskrit: serpent) as their totem. Little is known about the
Yakshas, but they appear in Hindu epics and in the Ramayana. Ravana, the
villain of the ...
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