This is a list of mythologies of the world, by culture and region. Mythologies by region Africa Central Africa East Africa Horn of Africa Somali mythology North Africa West Africa Southern Africa Arctic overlaps with North Asia, Northern Europe and North America. Asia Southwestern Asia Middle East, Persia, Anatolia, Caucasus. Ancient Medieval to Modern South Asia East Asia Southeast Asia Central and Northern Asia (overlaps with Eastern and Northern Europe) Australia and Oceania Europe Classical Antiquity Northern Europe Eastern Europe Southern Europe Western Europe North Caucasus Nart saga (Covers Abazin, Abkhaz, Circassian, Ossetian, Karachay-Balkar and Chechen-Ingush mythologies)Ossetian mythologyVainakh mythology (Covers Chechen and Ingush mythology) South Caucasus/Transcaucasia British Isles Americas North America Post-Columbian Folklore of the United States
Internet Sacred Text Archive HomeMoaiMoai facing inland at Ahu Tongariki, restored by Chilean archaeologist Claudio Cristino in the 1990s Moai i/ˈmoʊ.aɪ/, or mo‘ai, are monolithic human figures carved by the Rapa Nui people from rock on the Chilean Polynesian island of Easter Island between the years 1250 and 1500. Nearly half are still at Rano Raraku, the main moai quarry, but hundreds were transported from there and set on stone platforms called ahu around the island's perimeter. Almost all moai have overly large heads three-eighths the size of the whole statue. The moai are chiefly the living faces (aringa ora) of deified ancestors (aringa ora ata tepuna). The statues still gazed inland across their clan lands when Europeans first visited the island, but most were cast down during later conflicts between clans. Description The moai are monolithic statues, their minimalist style related to forms found throughout Polynesia. Six of the fifteen moai at Ahu Tongariki Characteristics Eyes Symbolism Dr.
Japanese mythologyJapanese myths, as generally recognized in the mainstream today, are based on the Kojiki, the Nihon Shoki, and some complementary books. The Kojiki, or "Record of Ancient Matters", is the oldest surviving account of Japan's myths, legends and history. The Shintōshū describes the origins of Japanese deities from a Buddhist perspective, while the Hotsuma Tsutae records a substantially different version of the mythology. One notable feature of Japanese mythology is its explanation of the origin of the imperial family which has been used historically to assign godhood to the imperial line. The Japanese title of the Emperor of Japan, tennō (天皇), means "heavenly sovereign". Note: Japanese is not transliterated consistently across all sources, see: #Spelling of proper nouns Creation myth In the Japanese creation myth, the first deities which came into existence, appearing at the time of the creation of the universe, are collectively called Kotoamatsukami. Kuniumi and Kamiumi
Greek mythologyGreek mythology is explicitly embodied in a large collection of narratives, and implicitly in Greek representational arts, such as vase-paintings and votive gifts. Greek myth attempts to explain the origins of the world, and details the lives and adventures of a wide variety of gods, goddesses, heroes, heroines, and mythological creatures. These accounts initially were disseminated in an oral-poetic tradition; today the Greek myths are known primarily from Greek literature. Archaeological findings provide a principal source of detail about Greek mythology, with gods and heroes featured prominently in the decoration of many artifacts. Geometric designs on pottery of the eighth century BC depict scenes from the Trojan cycle as well as the adventures of Heracles. Sources Literary sources The poetry of the Hellenistic and Roman ages was primarily composed as a literary rather than cultic exercise. Archaeological sources Survey of mythic history Origins of the world and the gods
TAKENOUCHI DOCUMENTS - HIDDEN HISTORY OF MANKIND AND EARTH - Book II PrefaceRevival of Divine theocracy is the key to the actualization of 'the Age of Miroku' The seal has finally been broken to reveal the history of the earth which was once ruled by the Sumera-Mikoto Book I was the result of 24 years of research on the Takenouchi Documents and it received a far better response than I expected. Book II is now being published. It is an unexpected joy because I spent half a century of research on ultra ancient history. The time of heaven has come! In Book I, I advocated that people should study the Takenouchi Documents in search for a solution to the deadlock of modern civilization, which will lead humankind to true happiness. This book tells you of the future revival of theocracy in more detail, which is the wish of gods. The date in which the original documents were written is still unknown. Sacred treasures handed down by the Takenouchi family, along with ancient documents, are unlike other sacred treasures of the world. We may be given only a little time.
Aztec mythologyMictlantecuhtli (left), god of death, the lord of the Underworld and Quetzalcoatl (right), god of wisdom, life, knowledge, morning star, patron of the winds and light, the lord of the West. Together they symbolize life and death. Aztec mythology is the body or collection of myths of Aztec civilization of Central Mexico. The Aztecs were Nahuatl speaking groups living in central Mexico and much of their mythology is similar to that of other Mesoamerican cultures. According to legend, the various groups who were to become the Aztecs arrived from the north into the Anahuac valley around Lake Texcoco. The location of this valley and lake of destination is clear – it is the heart of modern Mexico City – but little can be known with certainty about the origin of the Aztec. The Mexica/Aztec were said to be guided by their god Huitzilopochtli, meaning "Left-handed Hummingbird" or "Hummingbird from the South." Creation myth Pantheon Bibliography Grisel Gómez Cano (2011).
Family tree of the Greek godsKey: The essential Olympians' names are given in bold font. See also List of Greek mythological figures Notes External links Media related to Family trees of Greek mythology at Wikimedia CommonsRoman mythologyRoman mythology is the body of traditional stories pertaining to ancient Rome's legendary origins and religious system, as represented in the literature and visual arts of the Romans. "Roman mythology" may also refer to the modern study of these representations, and to the subject matter as represented in the literature and art of other cultures in any period. The Romans usually treated their traditional narratives as historical, even when these have miraculous or supernatural elements. The stories are often concerned with politics and morality, and how an individual's personal integrity relates to his or her responsibility to the community or Roman state. The study of Roman religion and myth is complicated by the early influence of Greek religion on the Italian peninsula during Rome's protohistory, and by the later artistic imitation of Greek literary models by Roman authors. The nature of Roman myth Founding myths Other myths Religion and myth Foreign gods
Traditions and Hearthside Stories of West Cornwall, Vol. 1: Legends of the West-Country Giants: The Giants of TowednackTraditions and Hearthside Stories of West Cornwall, Vol. 1, by William Bottrell, , at sacred-texts.com p. 9 The Giants of Towednack "Of Titan's monstrous race Only some few disturb’d that happy place. Raw hides they wore for clothes, their drink was blood, Rocks were their dining-rooms, their prey their food, Caverns their lodging, and their bed their grove, Their cups some hollow trunk." Ancient traditions tell us that, long before monks or saints set foot in Cornwall, a mighty race of Titans dwelt in our hills, woods, and carns, who were anciently the masters of the world and the ancestors of the true Celtic race, and who, as they exceeded all other people in health and strength of body, were looked upon as giants. When Tom was a young man he was always going about with his hands in his pockets, and never cared for doing much except rolling the big rocks from over the fields into the hedges for grounders. The brewer told Tom that he wanted to send a load of beer over to St. p. 10
Native American mythologyCoyote and Opossum appear in the stories of a number of tribes. The mythologies of the indigenous peoples of North America comprise many bodies of traditional narratives associated with religion from a mythographical perspective. Indigenous North American belief systems include many sacred narratives. Such spiritual stories are deeply based in Nature and are rich with the symbolism of seasons, weather, plants, animals, earth, water, sky and fire. The principle of an all embracing, universal and omniscient Great Spirit, a connection to the Earth, diverse creation narratives and collective memories of ancient ancestors are common. Algonquian (northeastern US, Great Lakes) Plains Natives Blackfoot mythology – A North American tribe who currently live in Montana. Muskogean (southern US) and Iroquois (Eastern US) Alaska and Canada Pacific Northwest Uto-Aztecan (Great Basin to Mexico) Other southwestern US Central America South America Colin F.