Julianus reviews Song of the Cosmos: An Introduction to Traditional Cosmology by Arthur Versluis in the Bkwyrm archive.
The thing to get straight about this book right from the beginning, is that the word “Traditional” in the title refers to the Traditionalist school of Rene Guenon and his followers. As such our author operates under the assumption that all “authentic” religions are descended from one unified “Primordial Tradition,” and so tries to somehow get us to accept any number of differing, mutually contradictory doctrines simultaneously. Now, while there is a great convergence among the world’s many systems of cosmology, Versluis tends to somewhat spoil the effect by insisting that relatively recent doctrinal developments are in fact part of the one original religion. He also has a tendency to fill in “gaps” in one culture’s worldview with elements from another wholly unrelated culture. He is also maddeningly vague on certain points one might think to be crucial, not the least being the literal existence of ancient “Titanic” races.
All this aside, this book is a fairly good cross-cultural overview, and we would recommend this as a starting-point for the subject.