Sun Lore of All Ages: A Collection of Myths and Legends by William Tyler Olcott.
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DESCRIPTION: Softcover: 346 pages. Publisher: Dover Publications, Inc; (2005). From the ruins of Greek and Roman temples to Mexico's Pyramid of the Sun and the enduring mysteries of Stonehenge, this captivating study circles the earth in its examination of sun legends, traditions, and superstitions that all cultures have woven about the sun. Starting with solar creation myths, this volume explores ancient ideology surrounding the sun and moon, solar mythology, and folklore.
An extended analysis of sun worship around the world leads to accounts of sun-catcher myths and solar festivals. Omens, traditions, and superstitions are discussed at length, along with the solar significance of burial customs and emblematic and symbolic forms of the sun. The book concludes with a look at the sun in light of scientific discovery. Thirty evocative illustrations complement the text.
CONDITION: New oversized softcover. Dover (2005) 346 pages. Unblemished, unmarked, pristine in every respect. Pages are pristine; clean, crisp, unmarked, unmutilated, tightly bound, unambiguously unread. Satisfaction unconditionally guaranteed. In stock, ready to ship. No disappointments, no excuses. PROMPT SHIPPING! HEAVILY PADDED, DAMAGE-FREE PACKAGING!
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REVIEW: William Tyler Olcott was the professional astronomer's ideal amateur. He was willing to put up with the regimentation, systemization and discipline of the field in exchange for the opportunity of contributing to astronomy. Olcott's profession was law, and through its ritual and hierarchy, he was capable of flourishing under the command of professional astronomers like Pickering. Contents/Chapter Headings: Solar Creation Myths; Ancient Ideas of the Sun and the Moon; Solar Mythology; Solar Folk-Lore; Sun Worship; Sun-Catcher Myths; Solar Festivals; Solar Omens, Traditions and Superstitions; Solar Significance of Burial Customs. Orientation; Emblematic and Symbolic Forms of the Sun; and The Sun Revealed by Science.
REVIEW: Sun worship, in its most primitive form, lies at the foundation of our earliest mythologies and religions. This book is a collection of myths from around the world and from all ages. From the more familiar Egyptian, Greek, and Norse worship of the sun, to the lesser known mythologies of the Pacific Islands, Native Americans, and peoples of the Far East, this book gives a comprehensive overview of man’s fascination with the sun.
REVIEW: From the ruins of Greek and Roman temples to Mexico's Pyramid of the Sun and the enduring mysteries of Stonehenge, this captivating study circles the earth in its examination of sun legends, traditions, and superstitions. Starting with solar creation myths, it explores ancient ideology, mythology, and folklore associated with the moon as well as the sun. Thirty evocative illustrations complement the text, which features an extended survey of sun worship, sun-catcher myths, and much more.
REVIEW: First published in 1914 with the subtitle “A Collection of Myths and Legends Concerning the Sun and Its Worship”, this fascinating book recounts the traditions and superstitions that all ages and nations have woven about the sun, from mythology older than Stonehenge to findings from modern observatories.
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