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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WHEN THE GOD Enlil conceives the idea of making the earth fertile with plants
and animals, he creates two brothers, Enmesh and Enten, to bring his work to
completion. Enten is in charge of the animals: 'causing the ewe to give birth to the
The animals and plants already on this piece of earth became the ancestors of
the people, who were divided into clans according to their original species. The
snake people, the sago people and the kangaroo people all had their own dema,
In head-hunting societies the head was seen as a source of power, and many
Oceanic myths tell of heads and bodies which were buried and gave birth to
valuable plants such as the coconut, sugar cane and kava plant. The male gods
of war ...
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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