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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The myth of the worker god Gong Gong relates how he stirred the world's waters
so they crashed against the sky barrier, threatening a return to chaos. The myth of
the dual catastrophe of flood and fire is recounted through the figure of the ...
A much later version of this myth, which was probably a cultural diffusion from
Tibet in the third century CE, relates that at the beginning of time primeval matter
was like a chicken's egg. After 18,000 years this matter separated, and sky and ...
It relates how a surrogate female named Woman Chou was exposed on a
mountain-top dressed in green, the emblem of water and vegetal regeneration.
As the sun beat down mercilessly on her she tried to screen her face with her
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