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Men and the Water of Life: Initiation and the Tempering of Men
     

Men and the Water of Life: Initiation and the Tempering of Men

by Michael J. Meade
 
A multicultural mythologist marks a vital new phase in contemporary men's work by telling personally moving, universally evocative tales--from the mythic mating dance of an adolescent's Saturday night to a Forest of Stories from the African bush, ancient Ireland, Germany, Japan, and Russia.

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A multicultural mythologist marks a vital new phase in contemporary men's work by telling personally moving, universally evocative tales--from the mythic mating dance of an adolescent's Saturday night to a Forest of Stories from the African bush, ancient Ireland, Germany, Japan, and Russia.

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In an effort to balance all the self-actualization books aimed at women, Meade successfully compiles international legends and myths that allow men to examine themselves objectively. This, Meade hopes, will help us avoid the chaos and ruin that occurs when a society no longer contains a relevant mythology, much as Joseph Campbell observed. The book is most effective in its use of ancient stories to illuminate conflicts modern men may experience. For instance, one story tells of a boy and a half-giantess who brews all the elements of creation in her cauldron. The boy steals food from her, symbolizing the partaking of wisdom, which helps him to become a full-fledged adult. Through such tales, the author examines how men can learn to understand their inner landscapes. For large psychology collections.-- Michael Tierno, New York

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062507266
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
06/03/1994
Pages:
464
Product dimensions:
5.72(w) x 8.97(h) x 1.19(d)

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