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Mythology: The Voyage of the Hero / Edition 3
     

Mythology: The Voyage of the Hero / Edition 3

by David Adams Leeming
 

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ISBN-10: 0195119576

ISBN-13: 9780195119572

Pub. Date: 05/28/1998

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

What makes something mythic? What do mythic events and narratives have to do with us? In Mythology, David Leeming offers an unusual and effective approach to the subject of mythology by stressing universal themes through myths of many cultures. This anthology collects a wide array of narrative texts from the Bible to English literature to interpretations by Joseph

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What makes something mythic? What do mythic events and narratives have to do with us? In Mythology, David Leeming offers an unusual and effective approach to the subject of mythology by stressing universal themes through myths of many cultures. This anthology collects a wide array of narrative texts from the Bible to English literature to interpretations by Joseph Campbell, C.G. Jung, and others, which illustrate how myths serve whole societies in our universal search for meaning.

Leeming illustrates the various stages or rites of passage of the mythic universal hero, from birth to childhood, through trial and quest, death, descent, rebirth, and ascension. The arrangement of texts by themes such as "Childhood, Initiation and Divine Signs," "The Descent to the Underworld," and "Resurrection and Rebirth" strip mythic characters of their many national and cultural "masks" to reveal their archetypal aspects. Real figures, including Jesus and Mohammed, are also included underlining the theory that myths are real and can be applied to real life. This edition is updated to include additional heroine myths, as well as Navajo, Indonesian, Indian, Chinese, and African tales.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195119572
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
05/28/1998
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
933,036
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Preface xi(1)
Acknowledgments xii
Introduction: The Meaning of Myth 3(10)
Part 1. THE MIRACULOUS CONCEPTION AND BIRTH AND THE HIDING OF THE CHILD 13(30)
Leda and Helen
13(1)
Aethra and Theseus
13(1)
Maha-Maya and Buddha
14(4)
Chimalman and Quetzalcoatl
18(1)
Dughda and Zoroaster
19(1)
Siegfried
20(1)
Kunti and Karna
21(1)
Changing Woman
22(1)
Maui
23(1)
Moses
23(2)
Cybele
25(1)
Nana and Attis
25(1)
Water Jar Boy
26(2)
Kutoyis
28(2)
Hainuwele
30(1)
Coatlicue and Huitzilopochtli
31(1)
Lituolone
32(1)
Isis and Horus
32(1)
Persephone and Dionysos
33(1)
Myrrha and Adonis
34(1)
Anna and Mary
34(1)
Mary and Jesus
35(4)
The World Child: Commentary on Part 1
39(4)
Part 2. CHILDHOOD, INITIATION, AND DIVINE SIGNS 43(26)
Krishna
43(1)
Heracles
44(1)
Odysseus
45(1)
Theseus
46(1)
King Arthur
47(1)
Cuchulainn
48(1)
Siegfried
49(2)
David
51(3)
Buddha
54(1)
Mary
55(1)
Joan of Arc
56(2)
Jesus
58(1)
Draupadi
59(2)
Moses
61(2)
Dionysos
63(2)
Origins and Initiation: Commentary on Part 2
65(4)
Part 3. PREPARATION, MEDITATION, WITHDRAWAL, AND REFUSAL 69(32)
Buddha
69(5)
Milarepa
74(2)
Jesus
76(2)
Moses
78(1)
Isaac Tens
79(3)
Wunzh
82(3)
The Pleiades
85(3)
Percival
88(1)
Mohammad
89(2)
Penelope
91(1)
Endymion
92(1)
The Seven Sleepers
92(4)
Odysseus and Achilles
96(1)
The Unknown Within the Self: Commentary on Part 3
97(4)
Part 4. TRIAL AND QUEST 101(56)
Heracles
101(5)
Sita
106(2)
Prometheus
108(4)
Theseus and Ariadne
112(3)
Kutoyis
115(3)
Kyazimba
118(1)
Gawain and Percival
118(4)
Ananse
122(2)
Gilgamesh
124(4)
Pele, Hiiaka, and Lohiau
128(5)
Seth
133(1)
Quetzalcoatl
134(2)
Faust
136(4)
Jesus
140(2)
Dionysos
142(10)
The Summer of Life: Commentary of Part 4
152(5)
Part 5. DEATH AND THE SCAPEGOAT 157(28)
Attis
157(1)
Adonis and Aphrodite
158(2)
Tammuz and Inanna
160(1)
Osiris and Isis
161(3)
Hainuwele
164(1)
Corn Mother
165(1)
Persephone and Demeter
166(5)
Dionysos
171(1)
Orpheus
172(2)
Kutoyis
174(1)
Wanjiru
174(1)
Jesus
175(4)
Odin
179(1)
Death and the Promise of New Life: Commentary on Part 5
180(5)
Part 6. THE DESCENT TO THE UNDERWORLD 185(32)
Inanna
185(1)
Hiiaka and Lohiau
186(5)
Wanjiru
191(1)
Dionysos
192(1)
Jesus
192(2)
Kuan Yin
194(2)
Heracles
196(1)
Kutoyis
197(1)
Orpheus and Eurydice
197(4)
The Young Comanche
201(1)
Hermodr and Balder
202(1)
Izanagi and Izanami
203(1)
Moses
204(2)
Odysseus
206(3)
Aeneas
209(4)
The Night Journey of the Soul: Commentary on Part 6
213(4)
Part 7. RESURRECTION AND REBIRTH 217(26)
Heracles
217(1)
Dionysos
217(1)
Hyacinth
218(1)
Adonis and Aphrodite
219(1)
Telipinu
220(3)
Amaterasu and Susanowa
223(1)
Buddha
224(2)
Osiris and Isis
226(1)
Hainuwele
227(1)
Corn Mother
228(1)
Kutoyis
228(1)
Bear Man
229(2)
Attis
231(1)
Jesus
232(2)
Wanjiru
234(1)
Cuulu
235(3)
Quetzalcoatl
238(1)
Union with the Cycle of Nature: Commentary on Part 7
239(4)
Part 8. ASCENSION, APOTHEOSIS, AND ATONEMENT 243(16)
Oedipus
243(2)
Moses
245(2)
Abraham
247(1)
Buddha
248(2)
Heracles
250(1)
Quetzalcoatl
250(1)
King Arthur
251(2)
Dionysos
253(1)
Mary
253(1)
Agnes
254(1)
Jesus
255(2)
The Discovery of the Unknown: Commentary on Part 8
257(2)
Selected Bibliography 259(6)
Index 265

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