Throughout history, people have sought to deal with life's great mysteries, such as the origin of life and the forces that drive the world, by devising stories and creating matching imageries. This book is an extensive pictorial survey of these imageries: more than 1,500 pictures of mythological scenes, spirits, gods, idols and all sorts of fantastic creatures. They have been taken from cultures from all over the world and are represented with short descriptions. Together, these images make for a unique catalogue of one of the most fascinating features of human culture. All images are stored on the enclosed free CD-ROM and are ready to use for a variety of applications, including graphics, fashion and web design.