Myths and Legends: An Illustrated Guide to Their Origins and Meanings (DK Compact Culture Guides)

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Myths and Legends: An Illustrated Guide to Their Origins and Meanings (DK Compact Culture Guides)

Myths and Legends: An Illustrated Guide to Their Origins and Meanings (DK Compact Culture Guides)

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Much of the mythology does span centuries of Chinese history as well. A sprinkling of monsters and Chinese gods within historical events is pretty standard. Chinese Mythology: Classic Stories of Chinese Myths, Gods, Goddesses, Heroes, and Monsters by Scott Lewis The Egyptian Book of the Dead: The Book of Going Forth by Day as translated by Raymond Faulkner and Ogden Goelet The Codex Borgia: A Full-Color Restoration of the Ancient Mexican Manuscript by Gisele Díaz and Alan Rodgers Egyptian Mythology: A Guide to the Gods, Goddesses, and Traditions of Ancient Egypt by Geraldine Pinch From the tombs of the Pharaoh to the legend of Medusa, houses with legs to shape-shifting animals, we're endlessly fascinated by ancient myth and magic from all over the world. Author and illustrator Joe Todd-Stanton shares some of his favourites.

Some topics discussed are not advised for younger audiences, but that does not take away from the heart-aching beauty of The Woman Warrior. A catharsis in and of itself, Hong Kingston’s story adds further insight into the complexity of Chinese mythology and its impact. Chinese mythology is known for its colorful characters and magical settings. Drawing inspiration from early Taoist, Confucian, and Buddhist beliefs, traditional Chinese mythology was originally passed on through oral traditions. Therefore, much of Chinese mythology acts as a base for broader Chinese folk religion.Most Japanese legends are based on Shinto and Buddhist traditions. Shinto is the older of the two and is considered widely as Japan’s indigenous religion. From girlhood to becoming a young woman, Maxine Hong Kingston describes growing up in 20th-century California in The Woman Warrior. A daughter to Chinese immigrants, Hong Kingston details her experiences interwoven with traditional Chinese history, folklore, and fairytales. The king of one country threatened by the beast's arrival was advised to offer it a weekly sacrifice of seven virgins. In desperation the king eventually issued a proclamation offering his kingdom, his daughter's hand in marriage and a magic sword to anyone who could destroy the monster.

Greek, Mesopotamia, Egypt & Rome: Fascinating Insights, Mythology, Stories, History & Knowledge From The World’s Most Interesting Civilizations & Empires by History Brought AliveThe Codex Borgia is considered, by far, one of the best sources for pre-Columbian religion. Now, fully restored in color allows for a modern audience to gain a new appreciation for the 16th-century manuscript. The other Arthurian stories The Lady of the Fountain, Geraint the Son of Erbin and Peredur the Son of Evrawc,are mainly concerned with the quests and adventures of Arthur’s knights. The latter even includes one of the earliest references to the Grail legend. The passage of time paired with occupation and assimilation at the hands of the Romans meant that many Celtic myths were either forgotten or tailored to fit a new narrative. Still, a lot of Celtic mythology has managed to survive. It is best remembered through Middle Age manuscripts detailing the Ulster Cycle, the Mythological Cycle, the Fenian Cycle, and the Cycle of the Kings. Note that most works translated into Early Irish Myths and Sagas are from the Ulster Cycle. They shine a limelight on the folklore surrounding the hero, Cú Chulainn. A short read, this book gets the job done without being too overbearing.

Hardcover Mythology (75th Anniversary Illustrated Edition): Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes by Edith Hamilton Leave it to a former lecturer at Oxford University to write one of the best mythology books on the market!


Straight from Penguin Classics is this collection of Irish myths and legends, taken and translated from their 8th-century CE manuscript. Wonderfully capturing the legendary history of ancient Ireland, Early Irish Myths and Sagas are among the finest resources for early Celtic literature. Alongside gorgeous art by Kotaro Chiba, Tales of Japan: Traditional Stories of Monsters and Magic regales the audience with 15 folktales. All tales are derived from earlier 20th-century collections by Lafcadio Hearn and Yei Theodora Ozaki. Organized between “Journeys,” “Ghosts and Monsters,” and “Justice,” each chapter within this book offers insight into the oral traditions of ancient Japan.

Like many other mythologies we’ll be discussing, Celtic mythology had almost been lost to time. As a culture that relied on oral tradition as means to communicate valued stories, the Celts were among the many ethnic groups that were susceptible to fragmented history. And, it wasn’t by their own doing, either. These tales are thought to have a much more ancient provenance, being passed down through the generations by word of mouth by the early Welsh bards. These early Welsh or Celtic storytellers wandered Britain and beyond, swapping their many tales for board and lodging. The tales they told tended to be memorised only in outline, the details being filled in and embellished as the story unfolded. Condensed into eight chapters, Conceptions of God in Ancient Egypt: The One and the Many will surely capture the attention of anyone interested in the Egyptian gods. As with most things, religion and beliefs shift with the passage of time. Some folklore is adapted to an ever-changing world. We’ve gathered four of the top-notch mythology books on ancient Egyptian myth. Conceptions of God in Ancient Egypt: The One and the Many by Erik Hornung Human creativity is one of the markers of our species. There are countless dazzling tales from around the world; folklore, fairy tales, myths, and legends alike.We won’t learn much about the geography of Central America from the stories of the twins Hunapu and Xbalanque, but we do get a wonderful glimpse of the Mayan world. Everything, from the narrative and characters to the rhythm of the story, draws us close to the sense of humour, mischief and ingenuity of a whole people. As one can imagine, Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology can tell the reader a Norse legend or two. Told in unmistakable prose with a spot-on characterization of the gods, Gaiman’s book breathes new life into the myths of ancient Scandinavia. The Tain as translated by Thomas Kinsella offers maps and a pronunciation guide (we all know how handy those can be). Furthermore, it offers insight into the events before the Táin Bó Cuailnge. The story is thoroughly fleshed out, complemented with brush drawings by Louis Le Brocquy. Honestly, one can do no wrong by adding The Tain to their reading lists. I was completely obsessed with Tintin as a child and this book was my favourite. Something I think is so great about all the Tintin books is how on their surface they are pure adventure but they inspire the reader to learn more about the world Tintin discovers. This book was no different and i ended up convincing my mum to buy other books about Egyptian mythology so I could discover the story that inspired Hergé - the 1922 discovery of Pharaoh Tutankhamun's tomb and the urban myth than anyone connected with the discovery was cursed.

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