Encyclopedia of Imaginary and Mythical Places

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About the Book

The heavens and hells of the world’s religions and the “far, far away” legends cannot be seen or visited, but they remain an integral part of culture and history. This encyclopedia catalogs more than 800 imaginary and mythological lands from all over the world, including fairy realms, settings from Arthurian lore, and kingdoms found in fairy tales and political and philosophical works, including Sir Thomas More’s Utopia and Plato’s Atlantis. From al A’raf, the limbo of Islam, to Zulal, one of the many streams that run through Paradise, entries give the literary origin of each site, explain its cultural context, and describe its topical features, listing variations on names when applicable. Cross-referenced for ease of use, this compendium will prove useful to scholars, researchers or anyone wishing to tour the unseen landscapes of myth and legend.

About the Author(s)

Theresa Bane, a professional vampirologist, has appeared on the Discovery Channel’s “Twisted Histories: Vampires” and “William Shatner’s Weird or What” for her expertise on the undead and is the author of other books on unusual phenomena. She lives in Staunton, Virginia.

Bibliographic Details

Theresa Bane
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 204
Bibliographic Info: bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2014
pISBN: 978-0-7864-7848-4
eISBN: 978-1-4766-1565-3
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Preface 1

Introduction 5

The Encyclopedia 9

Bibliography 157

Index 173

Book Reviews & Awards

“elegantly produced and clearly presented. This is a well-defined encyclopedia and well-compiled”—Reference Reviews; “well researched”—The Portolan.