In this magnificent reference book, the powerful and evocative mythologies and religions of the East are revealed in all their glory. An instantly accessible A to Z structure, fully cross-referenced throughout, details the pantheon of gods of the East. Over 500 color pictures of sacred people and holy places, drawn from original sources, accompany the text. Pictorial features detail important mythological themes: Yin and Yang, the avatars of Vishnu, demons and black magic, and the incarnations of the mother goddess. From the flood myths of the western lands and the Egyptian temples, to the sacred rivers of Central Asia and the dragon festivals of eastern lands, this volume splendidly recreates the rise of many cultures. This book is an exhaustive and fascinating guide to the mythology of the gods and goddesses, heroes, sacred animals and places of the East. Bringing together the legends of many incredibly diverse cultures, in a highly accessible style, it is the classic reference on the subject.