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The Book of Gods Goddesses: A Visual Directory of Ancient and Modern Deities

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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).
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published October 26th 2004 by It Books (first published 2004)
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Rod
Aug 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: world-religions
Asian Japanese god of rice: Inari. (sometimes seen as an old man sitting on a sack of rice...) OR as a fox. Foxes are way cooler.

This is a fun little book about all the mythical deities of the planet. This itself probably just insulted a few billion people and their cultures. Too bad! This book does bounce back and forth between labeling peoples sacred beliefs as Legend, Myth, or Faith.
But since it's a HarperCollins publishing pamphlet - we obviously get no real footnotes or sources for any of
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Arpit Gupta
Mar 05, 2016 rated it liked it
To begin with, the quality of the book is excellent. I found the font, imagery, the colours, even the size of the book blended perfectly to make it a fun little read. The information provided on each god is apt, not too much, not too little just enough to fire the readers interest. Curious readers may then use other sources to augment their knowledge, this text only serves introductory purposes. However, a few more gods and goddesses could've been included, particularly from the Egyptian, Norse ...more
Sonya Wanvig
Mar 27, 2012 rated it liked it
Can only give 3 stars bc Bast, Egyptian goddess of cats, is not mentioned!
Tracy
Mar 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history, info, owned
This is a awesome, informative, and short-to-the-point book. I totally recommend this one for anyone who wants to know about the various gods and goddesses with out reading tons and tons of stuff.
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Eric Chaline is a journalist and writer specializing in history, philosophy and religion. He graduated from Cambridge and is the author of several books. Lives in London.