The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Mythology: An A - Z Guide to the Myths and Legends of the Ancient World
The myths and legends of the ancient worlds, from Greece, Rome and Egypt to the Norse and Celtic lands, through Persia and India to China and the Far East. A comprehensive A to Z of the classic stories of gods and goddesses, heroes and mythical beasts, wizards and warriors.
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Sacred snakes resident there were believed to embody the god's healing power.
The ancient association between snakes and medicine is probably due to the
snake's apparent ability to renew its youth each year by sloughing off its own skin
THE GIANTS (above) were gigantic creatures with snake-like tails. After they
were defeated by the gods, they were buned beneath volcanoes. Here we see
the hound of Artemis killing a giant at the battle of the Giants and the gods. lZeus
She made a snake from earth moistened with the great god's spit and positioned
the snake beside a path where the god liked to walk. In due course, the snake bit
Ra, poisoning him and causing him such agony that he cried out in pain.
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Comprehensive reference guide to world mythology with sections on classical world, norse lands, south and central asia, egypt and west asia, celtic world, east asia. Entries are made in A-Z format within each main section with lots of full colour illustrations and photos. Read full review