The Facts on File Encyclopedia of World Mythology and Legend (2 Volume Set) (Facts on File Library of Religion and Mythology)

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"...a valuable addition to almost all library collections...a fun book to browse...a scholarly resource." Reference Reviews

"Libraries...who can afford the new [edition] would do well to acquire it." School Library Journal

The Facts On File Encyclopedia of World Mythology and Legend, Third Edition is a complete revision that provides an even more extensive survey of myths, legends, and folklore from around the world. With assistance from a team of scholars, James R. Dow has revised and updated the entire text in this comprehensive resource. This edition boasts approximately 3,000 entries, 150 of which are new; a substantially updated bibliography; an overhauled art program, with hundreds of new images; and a new guide to Internet sources on world mythology and legend.

Entries include important scholarly terms, figures important in folklore and mythology, the historical figures that have inspired myths and folklore, and the authors who wrote down folktales or used folklore and mythology extensively in their work. Many new entries focus on the mythology and folklore of Cambodia, Tibet, Ukraine, and other areas.

New entries include:

  • Cinderella
  • Fieldwork
  • Folklorism
  • The Grimm Brothers
  • Mayan Letter Gods
  • Monogenesis
  • Puss in Boots
  • Saladin
  • The Sun Snarer
  • William Tell
  • Trickster
  • Eudora Welty.

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The late Anthony S. Mercatante was the author of several books on mythology, folklore, religion, and world literature, including Good and Evil: Mythology and Folklore and Zoo of the Gods: Animals in Myth, Legend and Fable.

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Dow, a German professor and linguistics chair at Iowa State, has done a substantial revision of the first, 1988 edition, compiled by Mercatante, now deceased. Entries have been added, as have cross-references at the ends of most entries. Entries are in alphabetical order and numbered, and the general index and cultural and ethnic indexes refer to the entry numbers. There is an annotated, updated bibliography.

Most of the entries are related to Europe, but there is a substantial number of entries from Asia, Australasia, South^B and Southeast Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Each entry has a headword, variant spellings of the word, translation, definition, and cross-references. The writing is formal but clear. A pronunciation guide would have been useful. Illustrations are small black-and-white line drawings and reproductions of woodcuts.

Some omissions are curious--there is no article on Mordred, one of the central characters of the Arthurian mythos, although many other Arthurian characters, even Lancelot's sword, have entries. The entry on the Great Stone Face mentions that it is part of American folklore but not where the face was located in the Americas. There are also some errors. The entry on Aaron mentions his "flowing wand," which should probably be "flowering wand." The Appomattox Apple Tree entry mentions the "tree under which General Lee surrounded to General Grant."

Academic and larger public libraries with the first edition should consider replacing it with this edition. It is an optional purchase for most other folklore collections. RBB
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