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The Ancient Gods E.O. James

The Ancient Gods

E.O. James

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ISBN : 9780753808108
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359 pages
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In The Ancient Gods Professor James shows how the emergence of gods and goddesses and their cults was linked with nature, agriculture and the seasons, fertility, and the preoccupation with life and death and the struggle for existence.He covers theMoreIn The Ancient Gods Professor James shows how the emergence of gods and goddesses and their cults was linked with nature, agriculture and the seasons, fertility, and the preoccupation with life and death and the struggle for existence.He covers the development of religion in the Middle East, Mesopotamia, Egypt, the Aegean, Greece and Asia Minor, from prehistoric times to the beginning of the Christan era. Tracing the rise of the cults of the great mother goddess, he discusses the differing forms of kingship, gives an account of the seasonal festivals and the methods of divination, astrology and prophecy. There is a chapter on the cult of the dead, comparing the ideas of the afterlife and mortuary cults. He describes and compares the cosmologies of the civilisations, and their concepts of creation. He concludes with a discussion of the rise of the concepts of good and evil, and shows how the first ideas of the good life developed into Christanity.This account of the religious history of the ancient world is essential for the proper understanding of the great living faiths which, directly or indirectly, have arisen from or been influenced by this remarkable centre.