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The Salt Cyclopedia of Comparative Mythology
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Your average book on mythology will tell about, say, Hades, and in the course of it mention that he was a death divinity. If you want to learn about death divinities in general, then you've still got a lot of work ahead of you. 

This book approaches things from the opposite direction, which should be useful for worldbuilders. Rather than tell you about individual gods, this book explains how death divinities have worked across the world and then gives Hades and some other gods as examples. 

With The Salt Cyclopedia at your side, you have all the tools that you need to start building a pantheon that is fresh and full of new life at the same time that it feels real, as though it's an authentic mythological system that just hadn't been uncovered until now. It includes not only basic mythemes but also discussions on divine epithets, fusing multiple gods together, building non-standard portfolios, and more.  

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Joaquim C January 09, 2021 2:39 am UTC
This cyclopedia definitely fulfills its promise, and it definitely brings unique ideas to the table. 5/5 Stars!
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Pierre P April 17, 2019 1:18 am UTC
I received a copy of this book from the author as part of a Kickstarter so I can't leave a review here. I found the book to be a treasure trove of information as I crafted the mythology of my world. I don't think I could read it straight through, and as Simon said, links would be helpful. What I did to help myself was create an offline index (though I only completed half of it) to let me look at related topics, such as creation myths or death ceremonies. The examples from real world mythologies added depth to my own creations. I do recommend this strongly if you are creating mythologies or religions.
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Simon H November 08, 2018 3:26 pm UTC
Interesting, but rendered not very useful because the many cross-references in the PDF are not linked. Or is my copy not workign?
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James G November 16, 2018 2:06 am UTC
No, the cross-references just aren't linked. It's something that I plan to fix in the next edition. I'm currently working on that, but I'm also a graduate student, so I don't anticipate being able to release the third edition until next year.
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