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By Cassandra Eason

ISBN-10: 0275994252

ISBN-13: 9780275994259

Eason presents an in depth review of the mythology, legends, and folklore surrounding superb and weird fable creatures from diffferent lands and a while, from chinese language dragons and the local North American thunderbird to the demon hounds of Celtic and Norse legend. She describes how in quite a few a while and cultures humans have pointed out with the idealized characteristics of clever creatures as a resource of energy and higher figuring out in their personal personalities and used the habit of birds and different sacred creatures to achieve oracular details in historical Egypt and the Classical and Celtic worlds.This ebook deals either conventional and little recognized folklore and legend approximately customary actual existence creatures comparable to the pony, the cat, and the raven and delves into the bizarre and beautiful international of saints who claimed to alter into deer and smooth cryptozoological monsters equivalent to Bigfoot, Mothman, and lake and sea monsters, in addition to the explanation in the back of animal or headed deities of the Aztecs, Egyptians, and Celts in whose identify humans went to conflict.

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11. Weidermann, A. Religion of the Ancient Egyptians. Boston: Adamant Media Corporation, 2001. 12. Drysdale, V. , and J. E. Brown, eds. The Gift of the Sacred Pipe. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1995. 13. See note 1 above. 14. Parrinder, G. African Mythology. New York: Bedrick Books, 1991. 15. , and K. Taube. The Gods and Symbols of Ancient Mexico and the Maya. London: Thames and Hudson, 1993. CHAPTER 2 Serpents in Myth A number of myths about animals and other creatures are rooted in the observation of nature.

See note 8. 17. Sims, P. ” Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 1996. CHAPTER 3 Dragon Power Dragons are mythical creatures that have fascinated humans in many cultures and ages. Until about 1500 CE it would seem that people still believed in their existence. Accounts of the dragon-slaying saints and heroes were probably taken literally. It was assumed that the lack of existing dragons could be explained by the fact that they had all been killed by the saints and heroes at some unspecified time in the past.

Ningizzida was said to be the ancestor of the semidivine Gilgamesh. Ningizzida, according to The Epic of Gilgamesh (dated around 2650 BCE), brought the plant of everlasting life from the depths of the sea. However, a serpent ate the plant as Gilgamesh slept and became immortal instead. On the vase is a figure of two entwined snakes on a rod, said to be a representation of Ningizzida, who protected the Tree of Life. The twin serpent-healing staff or caduceus is, however, most associated with Hermes, the Greek god of medicine who assumed many of the attributes of the Ancient Egyptian god Thoth (whose myths were, in turn, influenced by the earlier Babylonian culture).

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