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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T THE FIREBIRD ACROSS THE MISTY MOUNTAINS, over deep rolling seas,
there lived a king who had an orchard that was the apple of his eye. For in the
orchard grew a golden apple tree. One night a thief came and stole some apples.
A vile serpent, Nidhogg, lay in Niflheim, gnawing at Yggdrasill's roots. Ratatosk, a
squirrel, ran up and down the tree carrying insults between Nidhogg and the
eagle. Four stags also lived in the branches: Dain, Dvalin, Duneyr and Durathror.
There he lived with his beloved Sita for 14 years. In the last year of their exile the
evil king Ravana stole Sita by sending the wizard Maricha disguised as a golden
deer. When Sita saw the beautiful deer she begged Rama to capture it for her.
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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