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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old June 19th, 2005, 02:39 Thread Starter
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I'm very keen on reading mythology. Greek mythology is by far my favourite but I'll basically read anything of interest- even Scottish. I'm reading a book on Norse mythology at the moment which I'm enjoying. It's always good to read how these things are never as basic as just stories but a whole idealogy with their own structured world. I must admit the Norse world has given me a bit of a headache with the overlapping but I'm begining to get my head around it.

Any preferences and more importantly any suggested reading on the subject from any part of the world?

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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old June 19th, 2005, 09:02
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Mesoamerican Mythology is my favorite, mostly Aztec, Toltec and Mayan.

Books... well, I'd have to search my collection to sugest a good read.
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I read a book on the Mayans, like yourself I can't remember the title, but it wasn't about their mythology though unfortunately. I'll maybe have a look at some Mesoamerican as I've not read any at all.

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There's a famous mythology book that's pretty good. I'll have to find the title, but it contains a bit of everying. Personally, I like Greek and Norse mythology best.
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I've only read bits of Greek mythology (Robert Graves Greek Myths Volume 1 & 2 I recommend for anyone interested), but love reading mythology and want to branch into Celtic and Norse next.

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You should try Inca and pre-Inca mythology, though I don't know if it is easy to get translations, but I guess some books might be available anywhere as their people all over the world studying ancient peruvian cultures. . Just ask if you are interested and I will give you some titles.

I like greek and hebraic mythology aswell, even though I'm not an expert at all, yet.
It is also interesting to watch how Rome and then the forthcoming West civilization have digested and adapted a lot of greek's myths and prts of their culture.

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There's a famous mythology book that's pretty good. I'll have to find the title, but it contains a bit of everying. Personally, I like Greek and Norse mythology best.
It's called, fittingly, "Mythology" and is by Edith Hamilton...

Mythology by Edith Hamilton

...though I think this is a collection of her various works from 50 or 60 years ago.
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Thanks for the links that have been posted so far. I'll have a look at "Mythology" and later on, I'm not a quick reader, have a look at the two volumes Natalya posted.

BTW for anyone wanting to read a bit of Norse Mythology I'd recommend Norse Myths by Kevin Crossley-Holland. I'm only about half way through the book but I am enjoying it so far. It explains the world before going on to tell the stories which does help.

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I enjoy pretty reading about all of the myths, no matter what the region is. It may be about the mountain spirits of Japan-tengu or the cold giants of the norsemen, it doesn't matter everything about mythology is quite interesting and especially the limit where legends blend with reality. For anyone interested find some sagas about the Norse kings or read Bhagavad Gitah. Epic stories seem to be the most amusing, at least to me. The next best thing is getting an overall judgement of the specific regional mythology and then comparing it to others.
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