Dictionary of Ancient Deities


Author: Patricia Turner,Charles Russell Coulter
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 9780195145045
Category: Social Science
Page: 597
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From Athena and Brahma to the evil demon king Kgworekara of the African Fan people and the Babylonian dream messenger Zagar, this title is one of the most extensive references ever compiled on ancient deities.

Encyclopedia of Ancient Deities


Author: Charles Russell Coulter,Patricia Turner
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135963975
Category: Reference
Page: 610
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The history of the divine is the history of human thought. For as long as men and women have pondered the mysteries of their existence, they have answered their own questions with stories of gods and goddesses. Belief in these deities shaped whole civilizations, yet today many of their names and images lie buried. The Encyclopedia of Ancient Deities makes those names available to the general reader as well as the scholar. This reference work lists all the known gods through recorded history. Alphabetically arranged entries provide the name of each deity (with alternate spellings), as well as notes on names that may be linguistically or functionally related. The tribe or culture that worshiped the deity is identified, and the god's origins and functions are explained. An extensive bibliography provides opportunities for further research and an exhaustive index provides access to the entries through virtually all names, forms and kinds of deities.

Dictionary of Gods and Goddesses


Author: Michael Jordan
Publisher: Infobase Publishing
ISBN: 1438109857
Category: Goddesses
Page: 417
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Presents brief entries describing the gods and goddesses from the mythology and religion of a wide variety of cultures throughout history.

A Dictionary of Egyptian Gods and Goddesses


Author: George Hart
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134930127
Category: Social Science
Page: 248
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Students of archaeology, travellers, visitors to museums and all those interested in mythology will value this comprehensive handbook. It details the major gods and goddesses and presents a broad survey of others, giving a vivid picture of the complexity and richness of the imagery of Egyptian mythology.

Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible


Author: Karel van der Toorn,Bob Becking,Pieter Willem van der Horst
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
ISBN: 9780802824912
Category: Religion
Page: 960
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The Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible (DDD) is the single major reference work on the gods, angels, demons, spirits, and semidivine heroes whose names occur in the biblical books. Book jacket.

A Dictionary of World Mythology


Author: Arthur Cotterell
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 019107893X
Category: Social Science
Page: N.A
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The powerful gods of Greece, Rome, and Scandinavia, the more mystical deities of Buddhist and Hindu India, and the stern spirits of the African and American continents all reflect very different civilizations, yet they also demonstrate the unity of mankind in its fundamental need for explanations of the unknown. Arthur Cotterell sets out clearly the chief myths of the world and explains why different mythologies arose in different lands. * Comprehensive coverage in seven main sections of West Asia, South and Central Asia, East Asia, Europe, America, Africa, and Oceania * Clear and informative section introductions highlight the history and lifestyle of ancient peoples and the landscape in which they lived * Illustrated with black-and-white photographs and maps of each key area `An excellent reference book, as well as a good book for dipping into at leisure.' Greek Review

A Dictionary of Gods and Goddesses, Devils and Demons


Author: Manfred Lurker
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136106286
Category: Religion
Page: 464
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Containing around 1,800 entries this Dictionary covers, in one volume, all the important deities and demons from around the world. The gods of ancient mythology appear alongside the gods of contemporary religion, and `lesser' mythologies and religions are also fully covered. The author provides an extensive network of cross-references, allowing the reader to draw cross-cultural comparisons. The Dictionary will be an invaluable source of information for anyone interested in comparative religion or the diversity of religious views throughout the world.

A Dictionary of Ancient Near Eastern Mythology


Author: Dr Gwendolyn Leick
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134641036
Category: Social Science
Page: 240
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The Dictionary of Ancient Near Eastern Mythology covers sources from Mesopotamia, Syro-Palestine and Anatolia, from around 2800 to 300 BC. It contains entries on gods and goddesses, giving evidence of their worship in temples, describing their 'character', as documented by the texts, and defining their roles within the body of mythological narratives; synoptic entries on myths, giving the place of origin of main texts and a brief history of their transmission through the ages; and entries explaining the use of specialist terminology, for such things as categories of Sumerian texts or types of mythological figures.

A Pocket Dictionary of Greek and Roman Gods and Goddesses


Author: Richard Woff
Publisher: Getty Publications
ISBN: 9780892367061
Category: Art
Page: 48
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Includes individual entries on more than forty of the most frequently represented gods and goddesses, as well as related mythical creatures, such as Fates and Furies, and lesser-known gods from outlying areas of the Greco-Roman world.

Encyclopedia of Spirits

The Ultimate Guide to the Magic of Fairies, Genies, Demons, Ghosts, Gods & Goddesses
Author: Judika Illes
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0062046098
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Page: 1072
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Enter the World of Spirits! The Encyclopedia of Spirits is a comprehensive and entertaining A to Z of spirits from around this world and the next. Within these pages meet love goddesses and disease demons, guardians of children and guardians of cadavers. Discover Celtic goddesses and goddesses of the Kabbalah, female Buddhas, African Powers, Dragon Ladies, White Ladies, Black Madonnas, the Green Man, the Green Fairy, lots and lots of ghosts, djinn, mermaids, fairies, and more. From the beneficent to the mischievous, working with these spirits can bring good fortune, lasting love, health, fertility, revenge, and relief. Discover: The true identities of over one thousand spirits (as well as their likes and dislikes) How to communicate with specific spirits for your own benefit How to recognize these spirits when they manifest themselves The mythological and historical events associated with specific spirits The colors, days, numbers, and astrological signs associated with specific spirits The Encyclopedia of Spirits also provides an overview of the role of spirit communication throughout history and a general guide to working with spirits. No matter what your life's problems or desires, this book can guide you to the right spirits who can help fulfill your dreams. For the spiritual adept, the amateur, or the simply curious, the Encyclopedia of Spirits will inform, inspire, and delight.

Gods, demons, and symbols of ancient Mesopotamia

an illustrated dictionary
Author: Jeremy A. Black,Anthony Green,Tessa Rickards
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Fiction
Page: 192
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Ancient Mesopotamia was a rich, varied and highly complex culture whose achievements included the invention of writing and the development of sophisticated urban society. This book offers an introductory guide to the beliefs and customs of the ancient Mesopotamians, as revealed in their art and their writings between about 3000 B.C. and the advent of the Christian era. Gods, goddesses, demons, monsters, magic, myths, religious symbolism, ritual, and the spiritual world are all discussed in alphabetical entries ranging from short accounts to extended essays. Names are given in both their Sumerian and Akkadian forms, and all entries are fully cross-referenced. A useful introduction provides historical and geographical background and describes the sources of our knowledge about the religion, mythology and magic of "the cradle of civilisation."

Describing Gods


Author: Graham Oppy
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 110708704X
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 334
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How do religious believers describe God, and what sort of attributes do they attribute to him? These are central topics in the philosophy of religion. In this book Graham Oppy undertakes a careful study of attributes which are commonly ascribed to God, including infinity, perfection, simplicity, eternity, necessity, fundamentality, omnipotence, omniscience, freedom, incorporeality, perfect goodness and perfect beauty. In a series of substantial chapters, he examines divine attributes one by one, and relates them to a larger taxonomy of those attributes. He also examines the difficulties involved in establishing the claim that understandings of divine attributes are inconsistent or incoherent. Intended as a companion to his 2006 book Arguing about Gods, his study engages with a range of the best contemporary work on divine attributes. It will appeal to readers in philosophy of religion.

Encyclopedia of Gods

Over 2,500 Deities of the World
Author: Michael Jordan
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781856266369
Category: Goddesses
Page: 309
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Throughout history, questions of life and death, famine and bounty, good and bad luck have puzzled people the world over, and they have attempted to solve mysteries and allay fears in the same way - through the worship of gods. Arranged alphabetically from A-a, the sun goddess of Mesopotamia, to Zurvan, the Persian god of fate, Encyclopedia of Gods is the most broadly based work of reference yet produced on gods from all over the world. Giving equal emphasis to ancient mythology and contemporary religions, the entries explain the culture of origin and the role of each god or goddess, while longer essays give details of artistic and literary references, known dates of worship and legends associated with the more important deities.

Guide to the Gods


Author: Marjorie Leach
Publisher: Abc-Clio Incorporated
ISBN: N.A
Category: Religion
Page: 995
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This unique and fascinating volume features every type of deity from every culture in all regions of the world, from prehistory to the present.

A Dictionary of Symbols


Author: J. E. Cirlot
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 0486132668
Category: Social Science
Page: 528
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A valuable reference, this informative and entertaining volume presents a key to elucidating the symbolic worlds encountered in both the arts and the history of ideas. 32 black-and-white illustrations.

The Book of Gods & Goddesses

A Visual Directory of Ancient and Modern Deities
Author: Eric Chaline
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0060732563
Category: Social Science
Page: 128
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Discover a host of gods and goddesses, some of them familiar, others forgotten or unknown. Drawn from cultures around the globe, divided by region and fully illustrated. From Tiamat (the great mother goddess of the ancient Mesopotamianst) to Olorun (the "Owner of the Heavens" for the Yoruba people of Nigeria).

The Egyptian Book of the Dead


Author: Anonymous
Publisher: Charles River Editors via PublishDrive
ISBN: 1632957035
Category: History
Page: N.A
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E.A. Wallis Budge was an English philologist and writer who worked for the British museum.Budge wrote and translated a lot of works on the ancient East after taking multiple trips to Egypt and the Sudan.This edition of The Egyptian Book of the Dead was translated by Budge and includes a table of contents and illustrations from the text.

Dictionary of Celtic Myth and Legend


Author: Miranda J. Green
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
ISBN: 9780500279755
Category: Religion
Page: 240
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The ancient Celts were the greatest and most powerful of the early European peoples residing north of the Alps. Warlike, exuberant, and superstitious, they saw divinities in every facet of life and nature, venerating deities of the sun, thunder, water, war, healing, hunting, fertility, and death. They practiced human and animal sacrifice, and a powerful priesthood--the Druids--presided over much of their religious life. The Dictionary of Celtic Myth and Legend covers every aspect of Celtic myth, religion, and folklore in Britain and Europe between 500 BC and AD 400. In parallel with the fruits of archaeological research, the testimony of Classical writers and the earliest recorded versions of the pagan oral traditions of Wales and Ireland provide us with a complete overview of Celtic lore. This guide presents that knowledge in over 400 copiously illustrated articles, together with a comprehensive historical introduction.

Gods, Demigods and Demons

An Encyclopedia of Greek Mythology
Author: Bernard Evslin
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: 1453264388
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 236
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The essential companion guide for all readers of Greek mythology Do you know the story behind Pandora’s Box, or the difference between Hercules and Heracles? Turn to this alphabetic encyclopedia, with more than 540 entries detailing all the major and minor characters, events, and settings of Greek mythology, from an introduction to the nymph Acantha to a succinct characterization of Zeus, the all-powerful ruler of the gods. This invaluable reference covers all types of heroes, gods, demigods, creatures, demons, and notable mortals, with their classic stories retold in riveting summaries. This comprehensive guide brings Greek mythology to life, and includes a helpful pronunciation key.

The Woman's Dictionary of Symbols and Sacred Objects


Author: Barbara G. Walker
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0062288873
Category: Reference
Page: 576
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This fascinating guide to the history and mythology of woman-related symbols features: Unique organization by shape of symbol or type of sacred object 21 different sections including Round and Oval Motifs, Sacred Objects, Secular-Sacred Objects, Rituals, Deities' Signs, Supernaturals, Body Parts, Nature, Birds, Plants, Minerals, Stones and Shells, and more Introductory essays for each section 753 entries and 636 illustrations Alphabetical index for easy reference Three-Rayed Sun The sun suspended in heaven by three powers, perhaps the Triple Goddess who gave birth to it (see Three-Way Motifs). Corn Dolly An embodiment of the harvest to be set in the center of the harvest dance, or fed to the cattle to `make them thrive year round' (see Secular-Sacred Objects). Tongue In Asia, the extended tongue was a sign of life-force as the tongue between the lips imitated the sacred lingam-yoni: male within female genital. Sticking out the tongue is still a polite sign of greeting in northern India and Tibet (see Body Parts). Cosmic Egg In ancient times the primeval universe-or the Great Mother-took the form of an egg. It carried all numbers and letters within an ellipse, to show that everything is contained within one form at the beginning (see Round and Oval Motifs).