From A-a, the sun goddess of Mesopotamia, to Zurvan, the Persian god of fate, this encyclopedia provides the most comprehensive source of reference on the worlds deities. More than 2,500 names are listed & detailed. The references span the world from Siberia to South America, & the gods of ancient mythology & contemporary religion are given equal emphasis. Each entry provides details of the relevant culture, the role of the god or goddess & the characteristics & symbols which will assist in identification. For many of the important personalities temples, references in art & literature & dates of worship are also described.
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Encyclopedia of Gods: Over 2,500 Deities of the World based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
This book infuriates me, because the indexing is frankly - terrible. When I open an encyclopedia of Gods to its index, I would like to firstly not have to be restricted to searching via civilisation. Even if I find the god I'm looking for, there are no page numbers - I know I'm being pedantic (the book is alphabetised), but it IS meant to be an encyclopedia, no? Additionally, it might have been helpful to index in other categories aside from 'Civilisation.' The information is also not very adequate, and Russian and Slavic deities are poorly covered.