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In broad terms mythology is composed of traditional stories about gods, kings, and heroes. Myths often tell about the creation of the world (and about its destruction as well), about the creation of men, and, also, they provide lessons on a moral code by which to live. They were attempts to provide rationale to natural events and to human emotion. Mythological stories generally were passed on orally from generation to succeeding generation. Each tale, embellished and "corrupted" through the re-tellings, was probably a reasoned explanation of the facts as seen by unsophisticated and uneducated eyes. Most scholars today divide the subject into three categories: pure myth (primitive science and primitive religion), heroic saga (primitive history), and folklore (fictional stories). In the following pages I attempt to keep to this format.
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Chapter 1: Mythological Characters from around the World (by culture)
Chapter 2: Myths from around the World (by culture)
Chapter 3: Folklore from around the World (by culture)
Chapter 4: Creatures, Artifacts and Weapons of Mythology
Chapter 5: Amazons of Greek Mythology
Chapter 6: Ana (Love and Sexuality, Gods by Attributes/Realms of Authority, Planets/Moons/Deities, Apocalypse, Days of the Week, Family Trees, Rivers of Hell, Animal Symbolism, Monsters/Demons, Seven Wonders, The Zodiac, Triple Goddess, Tree Myths, etc.)
Chapter 7: Epics of the World (Lists of characters.)
Chapter 8: The Gods Gallery (Over 250 Images/Pictures of Gods, Goddesses, and Creatures.)
Chapter 9: Links (Mythology sites, etc.)
Bibliography: List of Resources.
Index: Alphabetical lists of all characters (3000+ characters listed).
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The Book of Gods, Goddesses, Heroes and Other Characters of Mythology
created April 8, 1997 by PJCriss aka grandpa@raven.cybercomm.net mailbox

© 1997-2001 PJCriss "To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism,
to steal ideas from many is research." - Anon.

Updated last on October 17, 2001
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