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From trickster jaguars and the slowest of sloths to spine-tingling giant serpents and white-suited river strangers, his retellings teem with legendary beings, vivid colours, down-to-earth comedy and the mysteries of the rainforest, revealing Amazon people's beliefs along with their way of life. Dramatic illustrations, together with notes and a glossary, combine to make this a very special collection, filling a gap in the market for collections from South America.
Explore the fascinating diversity of the myths and legends from two of the world's most ancient cultures - the Aztecs and the Maya. In an accessible A-Z format, this book provides concise, easy-to-locate entries on over 200 key characters and religious sites.
The Legend of Lord Eight Deer is a retelling of the great epic saga of the Mixtec people of Mexico recorded in pictographs painted on deer-hide codices more than 500 years ago. The legend begins with the mysterious murder of three princes and unfolds as Lord Eight Deer embarks on a quest torule his kingdom that takes him to the gates of the Sun God himself. It is a story of breathtaking beauty-a story of gods and kings, heroes and princesses, thieves and holy men, and the betrayal of love.
The North American continent is a vast land of great contrasts once inhabited by native peoples and tribes as diverse as the landscapes. Each of the ancient nations had traditions and mythologies which reflected their way of life and provided meaning, balance and a sense of place. Their mythologies were concerned with the power of the spirit world and attempted to explain the vastness of the cosmos and the wonders of nature as well as the mysteries of the human mind. There are tales of tricksters, animal spirits, dark demons and transformation: the tradition of story-telling kept these mythologies alive for thousands of years, up to the present day.