Guide to the Gods
by Marjorie Leach
August 1991, 995pp, 8 1/2 x 11
1 volume, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-0-87436-591-7
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This unique and fascinating volume features every type of deity from every culture in all regions of the world, from prehistory to the present.

Guide to the Gods features the familiar gods and goddesses of the ancient Near East, as well as those of Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas: deities associated with creation, with the heavens, with the earth, with the weather, and with nearly every aspect of human life-from love, sex, marriage, and economic endeavors to prophecy, ritual, magic, and healing. The deities are categorized by function and attribute, and entries are alphabetized within each category. Every entry includes at least one citation to a printed primary or secondary source.

Guide to the Gods represents a major contribution to the fields of anthropology, religious studies, and folklore. Students, scholars, researchers, and writers will find it an invaluable research tool. This work is an entertaining and important reference source that will be a necessary addition to public, academic, and school library collections.


  • A–Z entries in each category that include at least one citation to a printed primary or secondary source
Marjorie Leach is an independent scholar specializing in mythology.


Outstanding Reference Source 1993—RASD/ALA, December 31, 1993


"An extensive bibliography to which all entries refer, and an exhaustive name index assure this reference tool a welcome place in any large academic or public library."—American Libraries, May 1, 1993
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