Mythology Around the World Reviews

Gods of Creation in World Mythology: ISBN 978-1-6782-0264-4 / eBook: 978-1-6782-0265-1
Gods of Death in World Mythology: ISBN 978-1-6782-0266-8 / eBook: 978-1-6782-0267-5
Gods of Love in World Mythology: ISBN 978-1-6782-0268-2 / eBook: 978-1-6782-0269-9
Gods of Nature in World Mythology: ISBN 978-1-6782-0270-5 / eBook: 978-1-6782-0271-2
Gods of War in World Mythology: ISBN 978-1-6782-0272-9 / eBook: 978-1-6782-0273-6
School Library Journal, September 1, 2022

High School—Besides myths from familiar traditions—Greek, Roman, Norse, Egyptian—this series includes stories from ¬non-Eurocentric, nonwhite cultures, e.g., African, Chinese, Hindu, Polynesian, Middle Eastern, and Indigenous American. Greek and/or Roman myths appear in all volumes; Norse and Egyptian stories occur occasionally; stories from a few of the same non-Western cultures appear occasionally. The books are well written/researched/organized, smoothly paced, and executed intelligently, seriously for able readers. Chapters in each volume include several myths on the given topic so readers may compare/contrast stories told by the same culture. A mix of cultures within the series confirms that all peoples told/spread stories about similar concepts, confirming that humans held essentially similar beliefs for millennia. The author makes a compelling case for the influence of myths on other aspects of societies—science, religion, social customs, e. g—and, also, how myths influenced later cultures and how they, in turn, developed from earlier civilizations. Glossaries/pronunciation guides aren’t included—a problem when unknown personal/place names from unfamiliar cultures/languages appear; it would have been helpful for students to learn/respect/appreciate words in international languages. Attractive covers and colorful, labeled interior art representative of various cultures reflect the series’s global character. Sidebars within chapters feature names and roles of various gods; orange boxes include additional myths or details about them. VERDICT A notable, respectful series. Recommended for mature, serious students in school and public libraries.