An illustrated encyclopedia of the gods, heroes, spirits, sacred places, rituals and ancient beliefs of the North American Indian, Inuit, Aztec, Inca and Maya nations
From the earliest times, people have told stories of allpowerful gods and goddesses, mighty spirits and fabulous creatures to explain the mysteries of life. The Mythology of the Americas explores the rich diversity of these legendary themes within North America, Mesoamerica and South America. An instantly accessible A-to-Z format provides concise, easy-to-locate entries on more than 900 key characters, enabling the reader to discover who is who in the mythology of the Americas. This book is a rich source of information for learning about and understanding the myths and religions of the indigenous inhabitants of the American continents. A complete reference to the mythology of the native North American, Maya, Aztec, Inca and earlier civilizations of the Americas. More than 900 entries, arranged alphabetically and packed with information on the central mythical figures of each culture. Features special illustrated spreads on unifying mythological themes. Illustrated with over 500 artworks, paintings and sculptures, fully cross-referenced and comprehensively indexed. CLICK HERE TO READ THE WHOLE BOOK IN DIGITAL FORM
About the Authors: David M. Jones obtained a PhD in the Archaeology of the Americas at the University of London, Institute of Archaeology. Dr Jones is co-author of the Blue Guide to Mexico and has written many articles on Mesoamerican and South American art for the Macmillan Dictionary of Art. Brian L. Molyneaux specializes in the human use of the landscape, art and ideology. His research includes many years in northern Canada, recording and studying Algonkian rock art. Dr. Molyneaux is author of The Sacred Earth, co-author of Native North America, and editor of The Cultural Life of Images. MYTHOLOGY OF THE AMERICAN NATIONS An illustrated encyclopedia of the gods, heroes, spirits, sacred places, rituals and ancient beliefs of the North American Indian, Inuit, Aztec, Inca and Maya nations David M. Jones and Brian L. Molyneaux
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