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Published since 1976 by the prestigious Society for the Study of Myth and Tradition, Parabola has become the preeminent magazine devoted to the myths, rituals, and art of the world's religious and cultural traditions. Its contributors have included such renowned writers as the Dalai Lama, Madeleine L'Engle, Thich Nhat Hanh, N. Scott Momaday, and many others. This rich collection of essays, stories, and meditations is culled from Parabola's entire history and unfolds for readers the majesty of the human task. From the opening chapter that asks “What Is Myth?” to the last exploring “The Marriage of Heaven and Earth,” readers are accompanied by the leading voices of the last and present centuries. They include such luminaries as P. L. Travers, A. K. Coomaraswamy, Carl Jung, and many more, speaking in lucid, loving prose about what is eternal and immortal in all times.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596750234
  • Publisher: Morning Light Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2008
  • Series: PARABOLA Anthology Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 376
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

The Call of Myth


Ch. 1 What is Myth ? 1

The World of the Hero P. L. Travers Travers, P. L. 2

The Eternal Return Mircea Eliade Eliade, Mircea 10

Through the Story's Terror Laura Simms Simms, Laura 24

The Tragic Hero Edward F. Edinger Edinger, Edward F. 32

The Crack between Two Worlds A. K. Coomaraswamy Coomaraswamy, A. K. 45

Ch. 2 The Cosmic Model 51

Nostalgia for Paradise Mircea Eliade Eliade, Mircea 53

The World-Tree Yggdrasil Ann Danowitz Danowitz, Ann 66

Symbolism of the Cross Rene Guenon Guenon, Rene 70

The Hieratic City State Joseph Campbell Campbell, Joseph 73

The Cosmic Bee Lawrence Russ Russ, Lawrence 78

Ch. 3 Dimensions of Mythic Time 87

Night Windows William Sullivan Sullivan, William 89

Voluspa: The Seeress's Prophecy Norse 98

Observing Sacred Time Mircea Eliade Eliade, Mircea 103

Time Out of Time Paul Jordan-Smith Jordan-Smith, Paul 113

Crossing into the Invisible Laura Simms Simms, Laura 128

Ch. 4 All Our Relatives 137

Ours Is Not a Dead Universe Seyyed Hossein Nasr Nasr, Seyyed Hossein 139

Fields of Force Martha Heyneman Heyneman, Martha 147

A Sentient Universe Everett Gendler Gendler, Everett 154

Come into Animal Presence Denise Levertov Levertov, Denise 162

Ch. 5 The Great Goddess 165

Inanna: Queen of Heaven and Earth Diane Wolkstein Wolkstein, Diane 167

The Seven Gates of the Great Below Sumerian Akkadian 173

The Perennial Feminine Helen M. Luke Luke, Helen M. 180

The First Tree Diane Wolkstein Wolkstein, Diane 200

Ch. 6 The Hero as Warrior and King 203

Gilgamesh Sumerian Babylonian 204

Beowulf Anglo-Saxon 214

Beyond Rapture Tim Miller Miller, Tim 219

The Return of Ulysses TitusBurckhardt Burckhardt, Titus 221

A Tale of Wonders Nan Runde Runde, Nan 228

Ch. 7 Seekers and Lovers 237

Le Chevalier Perdu P. L. Travers Travers, P. L. 238

As Far as Longing Can Reach Peter Maria Kingsley Kingsley, Maria 242

The Monster of Grim Prospects Trebbe Johnson Johnson, Trebbe 247

In Search of Hidden Wonder John Matthews Matthews, John 255

Sir Launcelot's Dream Howard Pyle Pyle, Howard 261

Quest and Questioning in a Waste Land James Karman Karman, James 266

What Aileth Thee? P. L. Travers Travers, P. L. 274

Sleeping Beauty P. L. Travers Travers, P. L. 277

Ch. 8 Psyche's Tasks 283

The Soul's Religion Thomas Moore Moore, Thomas 284

The Silk Drum P. L. Travers Travers, P. L. 289

The Seven Swans Natalie Baan Baan, Natalie 291

That Other Loveliness Harriet Eisman Eisman, Harriet 297

Ch. 9 The Marriage of Heaven and Earth 307

Heaven and Earth Mircea Eliade Eliade, Mircea 309

Wedding Night with the God Trebbe Johnson Johnson, Trebbe 312

Of the "Chemical Marriage" Titus Burckhardt Burckhardt, Titus 319

The Tale of Baucis and Philemon Jane L. Mickelson Mickelson, Jane L. 323

Contributor Profiles 328

For Further Reading 334

Chapter Citations 339

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