Asiatic Mythology (1963)


Asiatic Mythology (1963)


Title: Asiatic Mythology: A Detailed Description and Explanation of the Mythologies of All the Great Nations of Asia, with 16 plates in colour and 354 other illustrations

Author: Various, including J. Hackin, Clement Huart, etc

Publisher: Thomas Crowell, New York. No date, most probably the reprint of 1963.

Condition: Hardcover, with dust jacket. Good. Some wear, slight tears and chipping to dust jacket. Book in excellent condition. 460pp., app 13″ by 9″. A very large coffee-table book, overseas shipping will cost extra.

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Asiatic Mythology was a great pioneer work when it was first published, and it has been ever since. It contains a detailed description and explanation of the mythologies of all the great nations of Asia. It is the definitive book on the subject. The world’s leading specialists wrote separate sections in their fields of interest:

Cement Huart, The Mythology of Persia

J. Hacking, The Mythology of the Kafirs

Raymonde Linossier, The Mythology of Buddhism in India

H. de Wilman-Grabowska, Brahmanic Mythology

J. Hackin, The Mythology of Lamaism

C-H Marchal, The Mythology of Indo-China and Java

J. Hackin, Buddhist Mythology in Central Asia

Henri Maspero, The Mythology of Modern China

Serge Eliseev, The Mythology of Japan

and there is an Introduction by Paul-Louis Couchoud.

These sections were brought together, translated, illustrated with 16 four-colour plates and 354 monochromes, and equipped with an index with is most copious and useful. Each section recounts the wonderful myths and stories and explains the accompanying art. Though written by experts, the book is clear, explicit, and easy to read. It is both historical and explanatory. The history and evolution of the various religions, sects, and mythologies are outlined. The myths are retold and fully explained. The mythological personages are identified.