Imagine yourself born more than three thousand years ago in a land both varied and beautiful. Cedar forests covered its mountains. Corn and wheat grew in its fields and grapes flourished in its vineyards. Rivers rushed down its mountains through gorges so stunning that they gave birth to legends of the gods.
In ancient times, the land of Canaan, what historians now call Phoenicia, stretched northward from Gaza, on the coast of Palestine, to include Tyre, Sidon, Beirut, Byblos, Tripoli, Ugarit and Baalbek-Heliopolis.
Here is a set of myths that originated in this beautiful and varied land, their stories encompassing the whole of the eastern Mediterranean world, including Greece and Cyprus.
Those of you who have already visited the Italian Embassy's exhibition at the Cyprus Museum on 'Along The Road Of The Phoenicians' and would like to know more about the Phoenician civilization might like to take a look at a book that is actually published in...
THE DAILY STAR - Bringing Local Legends to Life
April 06, 1998
'Her style is simple but eloquent and can be read by both children and adults. Working on simplified stories of legends, Tarnowski garnishes them with vivid imagery and colourful illustrations - researching thoroughly to bring the god to life.'
A fine addition to any children's fiction collection, highly recommended
MidWest Book Review October 17, 2010
There are myths that form the basis for all other stories. "Dances with the Gods: Canaanite-Phoenician Myths & Legends Retold" brings these ancient myths into the modern era as author Wafa Stephan Tarnowksi brings them into language that younger readers will understand to help them embrace and love these legends. "Dances with the Gods" is a fine addition to any children's fiction collection, highly recommended.
-Amazon Reader Review by MidWest Book Review (Oregon, WI USA)
A wonderful book for all ages
A Customer August 26, 2008
Dances with the gods is a wonderful book for all ages and has great stories regardless of whether you like mythology or not. I've read it to my two children and they never find it boring. I have also given several copies away as gifts and been told that each recipient was quite pleased with the book. I recommend this book to parents who would like to introduce their children to Canaanite-Phoenician mythology in a simple way.