Myths & Legends

Author: Jake Jackson

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780857758491

Category: Legends

Page: 512

View: 5833


Creation myths, quests, the eternal battle between good and evil, these are some of the classic tales that feed the ravenous beast of modern culture. For many the classical traditions of the Greeks and the Romans occupy the imagination but the ancient world was a lively and fertile source of stories, reaching much further back than the pantheon of Zeus and his fellow gods. For the early civilisations, from the ancient Chinese to African tribal societies, stories were told to explain the origins of fierce weather, of unexplained disasters, of floods and earthquakes. Many traditions developed independently but still echoed similar themes in the natural human desire to understand the world around us. This new book brings to life the myths and legends of eight intriguing traditions: Native American, Chinese, Celtic, Scottish, Greek, Viking, Indian and African. With a cast of characters as broad and wide as the ancient river Styx the book is packed with the great themes of life: love, revenge, eternal conflict, the obsession with power and the everlasting the battle between the wily and the strong. This powerful new book is a dazzling collection of the most gripping tales, vividly retold.

Myths & Legends

Author: Philip Wilkinson

Publisher: DK

ISBN: 9780756643096

Category: Social Science

Page: 352

View: 6114


Presents a guide to myths and ancient legends from the cultures of Europe, Asia, Africa, the Americas, and Oceania, including creation tales and stories of heroes, gods, mythical beings, and magical animals.

Dragons

Author: Doug Niles

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1440562164

Category: Fiction

Page: 224

View: 1074


A fantastic collection of draconic tradition! Since the Bronze Age, people have been fascinated, enchanted, and even frightened by tales of mystical dragons. With this book, you will unravel the history and mystery behind these serpentine beasts with folklore, mythology, and poetry from every tradition in the world. From the Slavic Zmey Gorynych, bearing its three fire-breathing heads, to J.R.R. Tolkien's Smaug, who laid entire towns to waste, the thrilling stories surrounding these fierce monsters are sure to captivate anyone who has ever dreamed of running into one during his or her travels. Whether you're interested in exploring the history and culture or just want to learn more about your favorite types of dragons, the legendary tales in this book will transport you to a time when these mythical creatures ruled the land, sea, and sky. Complete with hundreds of imaginative illustrations, Dragons reveals the magnificent beauty of these mesmerizing creatures as well as their terrifying power over civilizations.

Mermaids

Author: Skye Alexander

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1507206666

Category: Fiction

Page: 224

View: 6924


The allure and mystery of mermaids has taken hold of our psyche for ages. From the Irish merrows who come on land to search for human husbands to the fake Fiji Mermaid made popular by P.T Barnum, these sea maidens (and sometimes men) can be found in folklore and mythology from every tradition in the world. Inside this captivating collection, complete with beautiful illustrations throughout, you'll discover the myths surrounding these enigmatic beings, explore the common symbols associated with them, and learn tales of merfolk from around the world. Dive into Mermaids and get swept away!

Korean Myths and Folk Legends

Author: Hwang Pae-Gang

Publisher: Jain Publishing Company

ISBN: 0895818566

Category:

Page: 253

View: 8077


This book is a collection of myths and legends describing the beliefs and customs of the ancient people in the formative stage of Korean civilization, and will help the reader understand the Korean people, their traditions and their culture. The twenty-eight myths and legends in this volume are selected from several books of historic importance. Though they have been enjoyed throughout the ages in Korea, they are not known outside so well and this volume will fill that void.

Star Lore

Author: William Tyler Olcott

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 9780486435817

Category: Science

Page: 453

View: 8208


Captivating retellings of the origins and histories of ancient star groups include Pegasus, Ursa Major, Pleiades, signs of the zodiac, and other constellations. "Classic." -- "Sky & Telescope." 58 illustrations.