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Finding Resources On Gods and Goddesses in Different Cultures


   
General Background
   

NOTE: There are variations in spellings of deities names because of translation interpretations. Also, deities may be referred to by their function. Be aware of this when you are searching. Some examples: Saraswathi/Sarasvati; Yemaya/Yemoja; Odin/Odinn; Amun/Amon/Ammon/Amen; Atira/Our Mother Earth

  • Listed below are ebooks, books in the reference stacks on the 3rd floor of library, and books in the general stacks on the 5th floor of the library.
  • Books located on the 5th floor can be checked out.
  • When you come across an ebook [electronic resource] in the catalog, you will need to click on Find It to access it. Then you will be asked to type in your TU NetID and password.

Following the list of background sources for each region is a suggested USMAI Catalog search for additional resources on mythology in that region of the world.

   

Encyclopedia of Religion

  • Provides articles on many deities
  • Each article is accompanied by a bibliography that lists books and/or journal articles for further reading

Ref
BF1589
M3


 

Man, Myth & Magic (21 volumes)

  • Profiles of major deities
  • Extensive biblography arranged by themes such as: nature, fertility and creation myths; hero's quest; western & eastern religions; ancient myths and legends
  • Alphabetic arrangement; also check index
Ref
BL310
G8
 

Larousse Encyclopedia of Mythology

  • Mythology arranged by region, for example: Egyptian; Assyro-Balylonian; Greek ; Roman; Persian; Celtic;Teutonic; Indian; Chinese; Americas; Black Africa; etc.

Ref
BL303
M45

 

Facts on File Encyclopedia of World Mythology and Legend

  • Short biographical entries
  • Includes annotated bibliography and cultural and ethnic index
  • Alphabetic arrangement; also check index
Ref
BL312
S76
 

Thematic Guide to World Mythology

  • Brings together deities from different cultures by themes such as: afterlife; creation myths; culture heroes; earth-diver motif; fertility; gods; goddesses; monsters; tricksters; underworld
Ref
BL458
E53
 

Encyclopedia of Women and World Religion

  • Articles on major deities and religions
  • Each article accompanied with additional reading

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    Assyro-Babylonian [Mesopotamia]
   

Dictionary of Ancient Near Eastern Mythology

  • Articles on deities, themes, and concepts
  • References provided with each entry, with full information for each item cited supplied in bibliography at the end of the book beginning on page 176
Ref
DS57
C55
Also in BHI Ref on 2nd fl.

Civilizations of the Ancient Near East

  • Catalog record for the book
  • Provides information on deities in the context of the associated civilization
  • Includes Egypt, Achaenemid/Persian
   

USMAI search for additonal resources on Assyro-Babylonian mythology :

    Egyptian
   

Routledge Dictionary of Egyptian Gods and Goddesses

  • Entries on deities; some extensive
  • Also includes a chronology,bibliography with secondary sources and translations of texts, map of ancient Egypt, and a time chart
   

Handbook of Egyptian Mythology

  • Articles on deities, themes, and concepts
  • Each article accompanied with additional reading including primary and secondary sources
  • Includes Annotated Bibliography of Print and Non-print Sources
  • Also available in Reference stacks: Ref BL2441.3 P56 2002
BL2450
G6 W37
5th floor stacks

Gods of Ancient Egypt

   

USMAI search for additonal resources on Egyptian mythology:

  • Subject beginning with......mythology egyptian
  • Subject word/s...... using the name of a specific deity

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    Classical: Greek & Roman
   

Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece & Rome

  • Also available in Reference stacks: Ref DE5 O95 2010
  • Extensive articles on deities, themes, and concepts, each accompanied by an annotated bibliography
  • Arranged alphabetically, but also includes a topical outline of entries and index,
  • Additional materials include maps, genealogical tables, and chronology
  .

Handbook of Classical Mythology

  • Articles on deities, themes, and concepts
  • Each article accompanied with additional reading including primary and secondary sources
  • Includes Annotated Bibliography of Print and Non-print Sources
   

Perseus Digital Library [Tufts University]

  • Online collection of primary and secondary sources covering the history, literature and culture of the Greco-Roman world
Ref
BL715
M37
 

Cassell Dictionary of Classical Mythology

  • Alphabetical arrangement of articles on deities each accompanied by major primary sources
  • Supplementary material includes maps, genealogies, Greek and Latin authors, and a selected bibliography
Ref
DE5
O9
 

Oxford Classical Dictionary

  • Articles on deities, themes, and concepts, each accompanied by a list of authoritative secondary sources
   

USMAI search for additonal resources on Classical mythology:

    Celtic
Ref
BL900
M66
 

Encyclopedia of Celtic Mythology and Folklore

  • Short articles w/ brief bibliographies of sources
Ref
BL980
I7 E45
 

Dictionary of Irish Mythology

  • Includes short articles and a select bibliography of primary and secondary sources arranged by region
  • Subject index organizes deities by theme and concept
   

USMAI search for additonal resources on Celtic mythology:

  • Subject beginning with......mythology celtic
  • Subject word/s...... using the name of a specific deity

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    Norse
   

Handbook of Norse Mythology

  • Articles on deities, themes, and concepts
  • Each article accompanied with additional reading including primary and secondary sources
  • Includes Annotated Bibliography of Print and Non-print Sources
   

Hammer of the North

  • Catalog record
  • Available in the 5th floor stacks: DL21 M33 
  • Chapters on Thor, Odin, and Loki 
   

USMAI search for additonal resources on Norse mythology:

  • Subject beginning with......mythology norse
  • Subject word/s...... using the name of a specific deity
    Hindu
   

Handbook of Hindu Mythology

  • Articles on deities, themes, and concepts
  • Each article accompanied with additional reading including primary and secondary sources
  • Includes Annotated Bibliography of Print and Non-print Sources
  • Also availble in Reference stacks: Ref BL1111.4 W55 2003
   

USMAI search for additonal resources on Hindu mythology:

  • Subject beginning with......hindu mythology
  • Subject word/s...... using the name of a specific deity
    Chinese
   

USMAI search for additonal resources on Chinese mythology:

  • Subject beginning with......mythology chinese
  • Subject word/s...... using the name of a specific deity
    Japanese
   

Handbook of Japanese Mythology

  • Articles on deities, themes, and concepts
  • Each article accompanied with additional reading including primary and secondary sources
  • Includes Annotated Bibliography of Print and Non-print Sources
  • Appendix includes a list of primary sources in English
   

USMAI search for additonal resources on Japanese mythology:

  • Subject beginning with......mythology japanese
  • Subject word/s...... using the name of a specific deity

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    Americas
   

Handbook of Native American Mythology

  • Articles on deities, themes, and concepts
  • Each article accompanied with references to secondary sources
  • Includes bibliography and index of deities/concepts by tribe
  • Also available in Reference stacks, as Dictionary of Native American Mythology: Ref E98 R3 G46
   

Creation Myths of Primitive America [Jeremiah Curtin]

Ref
E184.5
H38
 

African-American Alphabet: A Celebration of African-American and West Indian Culture, Custom, Myth, and Symbol

  • Explores the shared heritage of African American, West Indian, and Amerindian cultures
  • Accompanied by a glossary of myths and bibliography
Ref
F1219.3
R38 R42

 

Handbook of Mesoamerican Mythology

  • Articles on deities, themes, and concepts
  • Each article accompanied with additional reading including primary and secondary sources
  • Includes Annotated Bibliography of Print and Non-print Sources
   

USMAI search for additonal resources on Indian mythology:

    African
Ref
BL2400
S24
 

Dictionary of African Mythology

  • Arranged by name of significan name in myth
  • Each entry identifies language or culture group and country, providing a description of god, hero, or belief system
  • Some entries have added commentary on common themes such as divine trickster and dualistic god
  • Includes a list of primary and secondary sources, bibliography, and myths listed by country, language, and culture
  • Grand Myth Appendix presents the various stages of the Grand Myth and the concepts/themes involved in each stage
   

USMAI search for additonal resources on African mythology:

  • Subject beginning with......mythology african
  • Subject word/s...... using the name of a specific deity
   
Research Databases: Articles & Videos
 


ATLA Religion Database

  • Indexes books
  • Once in ATLA, click on Choose Databases and select Academic Search Premier, Humanities Abstracts, and MLA International Bibliography, which will add journal articles to your search
  • NOTE: If you limit to scholarly/peer=reviewed, all book references will be removed from your list of results
  • These resources will not provide overviews of gods/goddesses, but rather will provide information on very specific aspects of deities
  • For a more useful search, it is suggested that along with the name of a deity you add a characteristic to your search, like power, love, trickery, birth, mother, underworld, earth, etc.
   

Films on Demand

  • A collection of over 5500 streaming videos on various topics
  • Try searching mythology or specific gods/goddesses

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