The Encyclopedia Mythica – An encyclopedia on mythology, folklore, and legend
Reviewed By Keiko Yano
This is an encyclopedia on mythology, folklore, legends, and more. Currently it contains more than 6000 articles from all over the world, mainly on persons in above stories, such as god, goddess, and main characters of the folktale. This site was first started in 1995 by Micha F. Lindemans, who is also a main contributor, editor and webmaster now. There are 6 other main contributors, who are the specialists of mythology and folklore, and 2 advisory board. This website received 101 award, such as New York Times Site of the Day in 1999, and Daggett Award Gold in 2001.
The main part of this site is divided into 6 areas; Mythology, Folklore, Bestiary, Heroes, Image gallery, and Genealogy tables. The mythology area is further divided into 5 geological categories; Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe, and Oceania. The main articles in the site were originally written by contributors. Source information for some articles is also provided. Main entries (usually personal names) are listed in alphabetical order. As for Asian languages, it is a direct translation from their language into English based on pronunciation. Although there are some images available, which are indexed in the Image gallery, the site as a whole does not contain so many images.
This site is 100% free to all. It does not have any disturbing advertisements or banners. The screen layout is excellent, in which users can easy to read and navigate. It generally loads fast too. Overall technical features of the site are perfect.
Another useful feature of this site is the Search function. For example, if you want to find Chinese mythology related to monkeys, you can search by keywords, “Chinese”, “mythology” and “monkey”. This feature is extremely useful especially when you are looking for stories in other cultures. It is so hard to find articles just by browsing the main entries unless you know the names in the particular culture.
This is a great website to find short traditional stories all over the world. This site was last modified on February 21, 2002 (as of March 9, 2002).
Reviewed By Deanna Baran
Website Review 1 <p>Deanna Baran <p> <p>http://www.pantheon.org/mythica.html <p> <p>Encyclopedia Mythica <p> <p>Encyclopedia Mythica is my favorite mythological reference site on the Internet. I have found it to be reliable, varied, and diverse. For several months, it has been down, but it is back up once more.
<p>Encyclopedia Mythica seems to be run by an individual. Visitors can submit articles under the following provisions: the article must be uniquely written by the person who submits it; must fit within the framework of the encyclopedia; and you need to cite your sources and base your work on factual information. In addition, it is preferred that those who wish to submit information should submit articles on topics which have not already been covered elsewhere on the site.
<p>It has over 6,000 articles. Browsing through a few of them, some have been submitted by scholars with doctoral degrees (ie, “Re’em”, “Matabiri”); others have been submitted by students as part of a class project (ie, “Wiyot”, “Vor”); and others have been submitted by individuals with no clear affiliations (ie, “Fear Liath More”, “Pomola”).
<p>Not all of the articles have been referenced or given authorship credits. However, from what I’ve seen of the website, the information presented has been accurate. Because of the variety of contributors, some of the articles are only one sentence long; others consist of many in-depth paragraphs.
<p>The site is updated frequently. Good contact information has been presented. The information, from what I am able to tell, is accurate and the mere scope covered by the website is admirable. Others who have used Encyclopedia Mythica have had nothing but good things to say about it, and I would recommend it to anyone, especially those in need of information regarding more obscure mythological beings.