The World of Myth

The World of Myth
Author: David Adams Leeming
Pages: 384
ISBN: 9780199762729
Available:
Release: 1992-02-27
Editor: Oxford University Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Hercules, Zeus, Thor, Gilgamesh--these are the figures that leap to mind when we think of myth. But to David Leeming, myths are more than stories of deities and fantastic beings from non-Christian cultures. Myth is at once the most particular and the most universal feature of civilization, representing common concerns that each society voices in its own idiom. Whether an Egyptian story of creation or the big-bang theory of modern physics, myth is metaphor, mirroring our deepest sense of ourselves in relation to existence itself. Now, in The World of Myth, Leeming provides a sweeping anthology of myths, ranging from ancient Egypt and Greece to the Polynesian islands and modern science. We read stories of great floods from the ancient Babylonians, Hebrews, Chinese, and Mayans; tales of apocalypse from India, the Norse, Christianity, and modern science; myths of the mother goddess from Native American Hopi culture and James Lovelock's Gaia. Leeming has culled myths from Aztec, Greek, African, Australian Aboriginal, Japanese, Moslem, Hittite, Celtic, Chinese, and Persian cultures, offering one of the most wide-ranging collections of what he calls the collective dreams of humanity. More important, he has organized these myths according to a number of themes, comparing and contrasting how various societies have addressed similar concerns, or have told similar stories. In the section on dying gods, for example, both Odin and Jesus sacrifice themselves to renew the world, each dying on a tree. Such traditions, he proposes, may have their roots in societies of the distant past, which would ritually sacrifice their kings to renew the tribe. In The World of Myth, David Leeming takes us on a journey "not through a maze of falsehood but through a marvellous world of metaphor," metaphor for "the story of the relationship between the known and the unknown, both around us and within us." Fantastic, tragic, bizarre, sometimes funny, the myths he presents speak of the most fundamental human experience, a part of what Joseph Campbell called "the wonderful song of the soul's high adventure."

The World of Myth

The World of Myth
Author: David Adams Leeming
Pages: 384
ISBN: 9780199878963
Available:
Release: 1991-01-24
Editor: Oxford University Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Hercules, Zeus, Thor, Gilgamesh--these are the figures that leap to mind when we think of myth. But to David Leeming, myths are more than stories of deities and fantastic beings from non-Christian cultures. Myth is at once the most particular and the most universal feature of civilization, representing common concerns that each society voices in its own idiom. Whether an Egyptian story of creation or the big-bang theory of modern physics, myth is metaphor, mirroring our deepest sense of ourselves in relation to existence itself. Now, in The World of Myth, Leeming provides a sweeping anthology of myths, ranging from ancient Egypt and Greece to the Polynesian islands and modern science. We read stories of great floods from the ancient Babylonians, Hebrews, Chinese, and Mayans; tales of apocalypse from India, the Norse, Christianity, and modern science; myths of the mother goddess from Native American Hopi culture and James Lovelock's Gaia. Leeming has culled myths from Aztec, Greek, African, Australian Aboriginal, Japanese, Moslem, Hittite, Celtic, Chinese, and Persian cultures, offering one of the most wide-ranging collections of what he calls the collective dreams of humanity. More important, he has organized these myths according to a number of themes, comparing and contrasting how various societies have addressed similar concerns, or have told similar stories. In the section on dying gods, for example, both Odin and Jesus sacrifice themselves to renew the world, each dying on a tree. Such traditions, he proposes, may have their roots in societies of the distant past, which would ritually sacrifice their kings to renew the tribe. In The World of Myth, David Leeming takes us on a journey "not through a maze of falsehood but through a marvellous world of metaphor," metaphor for "the story of the relationship between the known and the unknown, both around us and within us." Fantastic, tragic, bizarre, sometimes funny, the myths he presents speak of the most fundamental human experience, a part of what Joseph Campbell called "the wonderful song of the soul's high adventure."

The World of Myth

The World of Myth
Author: David Adams Leeming
Pages: 362
ISBN: 9780195074758
Available:
Release: 1992
Editor: Oxford University Press, USA
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Examines the universal themes of myths from cultures ranging from ancient Egypt and Greece to Christianity and modern science, analyzing how different cultures and societies have addressed fundamental human concerns and experiences.

Great Myths of the World

Great Myths of the World
Author: Padraic Colum
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9780486443546
Available:
Release: 2005-08-10
Editor: Courier Corporation
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A collection of tales from ancient myth and legend. Isis and Osiris, Gilgamesh, Hercules, Pandora, Quetzalcoatl, and other larger-than-life figures populate these pages in a wonderful treasury for all ages.

Mythology the Voyage of the Hero

Mythology  the Voyage of the Hero
Author: David Adams Leeming
Pages: 338
ISBN: 0397472765
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Release: 1973
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The University of Michigan and the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research present a collection of myths relating to the sun, Earth, moon, the solar system, sky, and stars. Information about the deities of different cultures is available. Beginner, intermediate, and advanced versions of the myths are provided.

The Truth of Myth

The Truth of Myth
Author: Tok Thompson,Gregory Allen Schrempp
Pages: 329
ISBN: 9780190222789
Available:
Release: 2020
Editor: Oxford University Press, USA
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

"To the student of myth: This book attempts to provide a concise overview of the theoretical approaches to studying mythology, both in theory and in everyday life. Whether one is interested in a particular myth or mythic tradition, or understanding comparative mythology more broadly, or even the subject and overview of mythology as a whole, this text attempts to present a clear and understandable introduction to some of the best tried and true approaches, as well as to address some of the perennial problems and points of confusion. To embark on the study of myth is to join a noisy chorus of scholars, both present and past, in attempting to divine the meaning of some of the most important, intriguing, and at times puzzling narratives that humankind has ever crafted. We hope this text will help provide you with the theoretical background and tools to allow for a rich, full study of mythology in all its myriad forms. To the teacher of myth: Myth has been the source of a great deal of theoretical disagreement and confusion as well. We have tried to address some of the controversies by appealing to a close and careful consideration of the data, which at times helps keep lofty theorizing firmly anchored in the real world. Additionally, we have tried to present a historical background to the study of myth, which should also help illuminate the close relationships between a society, and that society's views of myth. Mythology does not occur without people: it is only with a strong grounding in the study of humankind that we can hope to make progress in our understanding. Where doubt within the scholarly community has arisen, we have tried to pay attention to both sides of the debates. The resulting text is intended to be a detailed, yet engaging, introduction to the study of world mythology, and a scholarly counterweight to popular, unscientific views. Our experience in teaching myth is that the most vexing issues stem from the several strained if not contradictory connotations that the term myth carries. Is myth archaic, or is it part of all societies and thus modern as well? Is it part of religion and/or science, or does it contrast with these? Most vexingly, does myth designate falsehood, or the highest forms of truth-those that form the core, guiding principles of particular societies' engagements of the cosmos and life within it? There is also the double signification of the term mythology, which points to both an academic tradition and the object studied by that tradition. Our view is that while such antinomies are unlikely to be resolved in the foreseeable future, much can be gained by locating and identifying them and by attempting to understand how and why they have emerged. We hope that this approach not only lends clarity to the topic of myth, but also serves to energize the study to which we now turn"--

Creation Myths of the World Parts I II

Creation Myths of the World  Parts I II
Author: David Adams Leeming
Pages: 553
ISBN: 9781598841749
Available:
Release: 2010
Editor: ABC-CLIO
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Nearly every belief system in every part of the world has its own distinctive answers to how the world was created, often taking the form of a story or myth. These narratives offer insight into a culture's values, its world view, and its interpretations of the relationship between the individual, society, and the divine.

World Myth

World Myth
Author: Barry B. Powell
Pages: 590
ISBN: 0205730523
Available:
Release: 2013-01-02
Editor: Longman
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Worldly and scholarly, this well-designed text presents myths from around the world in a lively and easy-to-read manner. The material has been arranged by geographic and chronologic origin. It features fresh translations, numerous illustrations, maps, and commentary that emphasizes the anthropological, historical, religious, sociological, and economic contexts in which the myths were told.

Goddesses

Goddesses
Author: Burleigh Mutén,Rebecca Guay
Pages: 80
ISBN: 9781841480756
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Release: 2003
Editor: Barefoot Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Britomartis, goddess of the moon, was a clever, active girl who loved to hunt with her bow and arrows.... Britomartis was sacred to fishermen, hunters and sailors.

Zeus Grants Stupid Wishes

Zeus Grants Stupid Wishes
Author: Cory O'Brien
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9781101619674
Available:
Release: 2013-03-05
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Get this: Cronus liked to eat babies. Narcissus probably should have just learned to masturbate. Odin got construction discounts with bestiality. Isis had bad taste in jewelry. Ganesh was the very definition of an unplanned pregnancy. And Abraham was totally cool about stabbing his kid in the face. All our lives, we’ve been fed watered-down, PC versions of the classic myths. In reality, mythology is more screwed up than a schizophrenic shaman doing hits of unidentified…wait, it all makes sense now. In Zeus Grants Stupid Wishes, Cory O’Brien, creator of Myths RETOLD!, sets the stories straight. These are rude, crude, totally sacred texts told the way they were meant to be told: loudly, and with lots of four-letter words. Skeptical? Here are a few more gems to consider: • Zeus once stuffed an unborn fetus inside his thigh to save its life after he exploded its mother by being too good in bed. • The entire Egyptian universe was saved because Sekhmet just got too hammered to keep murdering everyone. • The Hindu universe is run by a married couple who only stop murdering in order to throw sweet dance parties…on the corpses of their enemies. • The Norse goddess Freyja once consented to a four-dwarf gangbang in exchange for one shiny necklace. And there’s more dysfunctional goodness where that came from.

Myth and Knowing An Introduction to World Mythology

Myth and Knowing  An Introduction to World Mythology
Author: Scott A. Leonard,Michael McClure
Pages: 394
ISBN: UOM:39015060831479
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Release: 2004
Editor: McGraw-Hill Humanities Social
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Myth and Knowing is a rich resource of myths and mythology through theages, in which scholarly and literary materials combine to provide a seamlessportrait of this multicultural topic. Balanced and nuanced discussionsexplore the ways in which myths have portrayed both men and women. Inaddition, art and maps contextualize selected myths, providing insights intothe cultures and religious traditions from which they originated.

Mythology

Mythology
Author: C. Scott Littleton
Pages: 688
ISBN: 1844830616
Available:
Release: 2004-09
Editor: Duncan Baird
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Myths are the timeless expression of the imagination born out of the need to make sense of the universe. Moving across the centuries, they resonate with our deepest feelings about the fragility and grandeur of existence. Mythology is a comprehensive, richly illustrated survey of the mythic imagination in all its forms around the world, from the odysseys, quests and battles of ancient Greece and Rome to the living beliefs of indigenous cultures in the Americas, Africa and Oceania. Looking at each major myth-making culture in turn, this book retells some of the most significant and captivating stories in a lively, contemporary style. Generously illustrated with more than 700 color photographs, Mythology brings you the vibrant stories that echo time and again in our lives.

A Dictionary of World Mythology

A Dictionary of World Mythology
Author: Arthur Cotterell
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9780192177476
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Release: 1980
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

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World Myths and Legends

World Myths and Legends
Author: Kathy Ceceri
Pages: 128
ISBN: 9781619300545
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Release: 2010-03-01
Editor: Nomad Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

All societies have their own myths and legends, but they're much more than just stories. Myths and legends tell us about a people’s history, science, and cultural values—the things they knew, the things they believed, and the things they felt were important. World Myths and Legends retells tales from the Middle East, Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, and the Americas. From the Greek myths to ancient epics like Gilgamesh and the trickster tales of Anansi the Spider, it helps readers think about why the same themes, characters, and events may show up in different parts of the globe. Along the way kids will also find lots of fun and interesting projects that let them experience the stories first-hand. World Myths and Legends unveils wonders of the ancient world as it takes readers on a fascinating adventure of mystery and imagination.

Mysteries of the World

Mysteries of the World
Author: Herbert Genzmer,Ulrich Hellenbrand
Pages: 319
ISBN: 1445490250
Available:
Release: 2012-09-01
Editor: Parragon Books
Language: en

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Myth

Myth
Author: Kenneth McLeish
Pages: 736
ISBN: 074753019X
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Release: 1998
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

More than 2500 detailed entries provide a comprehensive insight into mythology, one of the most influential strands of social and literary history. Drawn from every continent, from the Americas and the Middle East to Europe and Asia, the origins and historical significance of central figures and legends are examined, and recurring motifs traced throughout the ages and around the world.

The Myth of Continents

The Myth of Continents
Author: Martin W. Lewis,Kären Wigen
Pages: 344
ISBN: 0520207432
Available:
Release: 1997-08-11
Editor: Univ of California Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

In a thoughtful and engaging critique, geographer Martin W. Lewis and historian Karen Wigen re-examine the basic geographical divisions we take for granted. Their up-to-the-minute study reflects both on the global scale and its relation to the specific continents of Europe, Asia, and Africa actually part of one contiguous landmass. Photos. maps.

The Hero with a Thousand Faces

The Hero with a Thousand Faces
Author: Joseph Campbell
Pages: 403
ISBN: 0691119244
Available:
Release: 2004-01-01
Editor: Bollingen Foundation
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Examines myths and folk tales from around the world in an attempt to understand the symbolism of the hero as it appears in the mythologies and religions of mankind.

The Library of Greek Mythology

The Library of Greek Mythology
Author: Apollodorus
Pages: 291
ISBN: 0192839241
Available:
Release: 1998
Editor: Oxford University Press, USA
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A new translation of an important text for Greek mythology used as a source book by classicists from antiquity to Robert Graves, The Library of Greek Mythology is a complete summary of early Greek myth, telling the story of each of the great families of heroic mythology, and the various adventures associated with the main heroes and heroines, from Jason and Perseus to Heracles and Helen of Troy. Using the ancient system of detailed histories of the great families, it contains invaluable genealogical diagrams for maximum clarity.

The Power of Myth

The Power of Myth
Author: Joseph Campbell,Bill Moyers
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9780307794727
Available:
Release: 2011-05-18
Editor: Anchor
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The national bestseller, now available in a non-illustrated, standard format paperback edition The Power of Myth launched an extraordinary resurgence of interest in Joseph Campbell and his work. A preeminent scholar, writer, and teacher, he has had a profound influence on millions of people--including Star Wars creator George Lucas. To Campbell, mythology was the “song of the universe, the music of the spheres.” With Bill Moyers, one of America’s most prominent journalists, as his thoughtful and engaging interviewer, The Power of Myth touches on subjects from modern marriage to virgin births, from Jesus to John Lennon, offering a brilliant combination of intelligence and wit. This extraordinary book reveals how the themes and symbols of ancient narratives continue to bring meaning to birth, death, love, and war. From stories of the gods and goddesses of ancient Greece and Rome to traditions of Buddhism, Hinduism and Christianity, a broad array of themes are considered that together identify the universality of human experience across time and culture. An impeccable match of interviewer and subject, a timeless distillation of Campbell’s work, The Power of Myth continues to exert a profound influence on our culture.