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  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release : 27 February 1992
  • ISBN : 9780199762729
  • Page : 384 pages
  • Rating : 5/5 from 1 voters

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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."

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The World of Myth

The World of Myth
  • Author : David Adams Leeming
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 1992-02-27
  • ISBN : 9780199762729
DOWNLOAD BOOKThe World of Myth

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

The World of Myth

The World of Myth
  • Author : David Adams Leeming
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 1991-01-24
  • ISBN : 9780199878963
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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

The World of Myth

The World of Myth
  • Author : David Adams Leeming
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
  • Release Date : 1992
  • ISBN : 9780195074758
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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.

Goddesses

Goddesses
  • Author : Burleigh Mutén,Rebecca Guay
  • Publisher : Barefoot Books
  • Release Date : 2003
  • ISBN : 9781841480756
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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.

Wonder Woman and the World of Myth

Wonder Woman and the World of Myth
  • Author : Steve Korte
  • Publisher : Capstone
  • Release Date : 2017-12-11
  • ISBN : 9781543537079
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Mount Olympus. Pandora’s Box. Valhala. These classic locations and artifacts of mythology have captivated people for thousands of years. But did you know they also play a part in the life and adventures of Wonder Woman? Get ready to explore how Greek, Roman, Norse, and other world mythologies are woven into the fabric of the Princess of the Amazons’ backstory. The connections will surprise you!

World Myths and Legends

World Myths and Legends
  • Author : Kathy Ceceri
  • Publisher : Nomad Press
  • Release Date : 2010-03-01
  • ISBN : 9781619300545
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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

The Truth of Myth

The Truth of Myth
  • Author : Tok Thompson,Gregory Allen Schrempp
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
  • Release Date : 2020
  • ISBN : 9780190222789
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"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

World Myth

World Myth
  • Author : Barry B. Powell
  • Publisher : Longman
  • Release Date : 2013-01-02
  • ISBN : 0205730523
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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.