Gods of World Mythology

ReferencePoint. Sept. 2021. 64p. Tr $31.95. ISBN 9781678200824.
Gr 6-8–This book offers readers an introductory analysis of Greek, Roman, Norse, Hindu, Chinese, Aztec, and Igbo mythology through the lens of a central theme. Each chapter is broken into roughly page-sized subsections that summarize relevant myths. Sometimes these sections cite primary sources or academic theories that help explain the tale’s meaning and its historical or cultural significance. One section explains that a central theme of Norse mythology is the idea of trade-offs. Scholars note that Odin’s actions were seen as a noble act meant to postpone Ragnarok (the destruction of the world). Some chapters make stronger cases, or use better established sources than others, but overall they are accurate, and a list of full citations and further reading is included at the end. Images are few but in full color and depict either historical or modern renditions of mythological figures. The information here would be a starting point for students researching to write a report, and those interested in mythology will likely use this title as an introduction before moving on to more in-depth works.
VERDICT For those seeking to deepen their understanding of mythology, Nardo’s work offers a first step into its study.

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