AMERICAN HISTORY. This is a reference guide to the mythology of the native North American, Maya, Aztec, Inca and earlier civilizations and cultures of the Americas. It includes more than 900 entries, arranged alphabetically and packed with information on the central mythical figures of each culture. It features special illustrated spreads on unifying mythological themes such as Creation & the Universe, Ordering the World, and Death & Sacrifice. It is fully cross-referenced and comprehensively indexed. It is illustrated with over 500 images, this book depicts the central features and characters of the myths, and explores the impact of these enthralling stories. Here is a rich source of information for any reader who wants to understand the myths and religions of the indigenous inhabitants of America. The book is divided into three sections, each focusing on the mythology of distinct civilizations and regions.
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It excuses its lack of effort by being an encyclopedia. It has no articles that give real information, let alone insight. Practically any of the articles in this book would fit the inside cover of a book of matches. An occasional overview that would give some understanding of the archeological effort, the rites and everyday practices of the people discussed, anything above the age/sex/location format that is the overwhelming genre of this writing, would have been welcome.
This work is one of the few, though, that do address more of the American Peoples than just the major, picturesque ones with major relics or major presence in modern nations. The small nations both of remote South America as well as odd corners of North America are given as full a treatment as the Iroquis, Maya, or Inca. That is to say, not very much.