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A Book of Myths (Illustrated in Color)
     

A Book of Myths (Illustrated in Color)

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by Jean Lang
 

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This book is intended for those who care to read stories, through which runs the same humanity that their own hearts know. For although the old worship has passed away, it is almost impossible for us to open a book that does not contain some mention of the gods of long ago. In our childhood we are given copies of Kingsley's Heroes and of Hawthorne's Tanglewood Tales.

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This book is intended for those who care to read stories, through which runs the same humanity that their own hearts know. For although the old worship has passed away, it is almost impossible for us to open a book that does not contain some mention of the gods of long ago. In our childhood we are given copies of Kingsley's Heroes and of Hawthorne's Tanglewood Tales. Later on, we find in Shakespeare, Spenser, Milton, Keats, Shelley, Longfellow, Tennyson, Elizabeth Browning, and a host of other writers, constant allusion to the stories of the gods.

Scarcely a poet has ever written but makes mention of them in one or other of his poems. It would seem as if there were no get-away from them. We might expect in this twentieth century that the old gods of Greece and of Rome, the gods of our Northern forefathers, the gods of Egypt, the gods of the British race, might be forgotten. But even when we read in a newspaper of airplanes, someone is more than likely to quote the story of Bellerophon and his winged steed, or of Icarus, the flyer, and in our daily speech the names of gods and goddesses continually crop up. The silvery substance in our thermometers and barometers is named Mercury. Blacksmiths are accustomed to being referred to as "sons of Vulcan," and beautiful youths to being called "young Adonises". We accept the names of newspapers and debating societies as being the "Argus," without perhaps quite realising who was Argus, the many-eyed. We talk of "a panic" and forget that the great god Pan is father of the word. Even in our religious services we go back to heathenism. Not only are the crockets on our cathedral spires and church pews remnants of fire-worship, but one of our own most beautiful Christian blessings is probably of Assyrian origin: "The Lord bless thee and keep thee . . . The Lord make His face to shine upon thee .... The Lord lift up the light of His countenance upon thee . . ." So did the priests of the sun-gods invoke blessings upon those who worshipped.

We make many discoveries as we study the myths of the North and of the South. In the story of Baldur we find that the goddess Hel ultimately gave her name to the place of punishment precious to the Calvinistic mind. And because the Norseman very much disliked the bitter, cruel cold of the long winter, his heaven was a warm, well-fired abode, and his place of punishment one of terrible frigidity. Somewhere on the other side of the Tweed and Cheviots was the spot selected by the Celt of southern Britain; on the other hand, the eastern mind, which knew the terrors of a sun-smitten land and of a heat that was torture, had for a hell a fiery place of constantly burning flames.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940015491128
Publisher:
Balefire Publishing
Publication date:
10/17/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
403,155
File size:
16 MB
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Book of Myths 2.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 47 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you love myths and mythology like I do, a collection like this one is a true blessing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not a kids book i would say maybe 13 and up
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a truly excellent gift for smart children who are interested in the imaginary world of mythology. I would give it 10 stars if I could.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im a kid &I dont like this book. I dint understand it. I'll rate it a 1.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Myths are great
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is a book that even advanced 9 year old reader can't fully understand this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There is a reason it is free
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OMG l love this book.
Manirul More than 1 year ago
Great Writing....!... Wonderful...! LOVE it...!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVE greek myhtholgy it is awesome i know all the greek gods on mount olympus
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is very cool ..... I think
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gr8 book
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sorry i just did not like it all
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bad!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What myths or stuff is in here?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Didnt like AT ALL. Terrible!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What kind of myths are they?some people stink
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could not tell what was story and what was not,
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Do not get very cunfusing Should not be it kids section
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
WHAT!!! This book is very confusing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm 9 and i thing this is the best book ever.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Omg i hate this
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
AT ZODIAC ALL RESULTS~ Virgostar, the young and youthful leader of ZodiacClan
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Does anything need to be taken care of