Sacred Mysteries: Myths about Couples in Quest

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We should remember that for the ancients, the underworld was both infernal and Elysian;
it was a dual realm, part hell, and part heaven.
Like marriage.
Like any relationship that lasts longer than three months.
Sacred Mysteries explores the wonderful treasury of myths and folktales about marriage bequeathed to us by our ancestors, and which ...
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Overview

We should remember that for the ancients, the underworld was both infernal and Elysian;
it was a dual realm, part hell, and part heaven.
Like marriage.
Like any relationship that lasts longer than three months.
Sacred Mysteries explores the wonderful treasury of myths and folktales about marriage bequeathed to us by our ancestors, and which we must pass on to our descendants. What we see in the magic mirror of these myths is that deeper part of ourselves created by the marriage relationship.

Sacred Mysteries retells and analyzes those myths and tales of marriage and relationship which involve a hero journey to the otherworld. It focuses on the archetypal symbolism in these marvelous stories, in order to provide a magic mirror of myth in which to reflect upon the mysteries of our relationships - their sorrows and joys, their ups and downs, their losses and recoveries.

Joseph Campbell once remarked that marriage is a sacred relationship because it breaks down our egos, but thereby opens us up to a deeper dimension within ourselves. James Hillman would agree, and call marriage a "soul-making" journey, one that takes us down into the depths, where the mythic images of the soul lie buried.

Sacred Mysteries celebrates and illuminates the ups and downs of couples on the quest. It focuses exclusively on myths, ballads, poems, stories, and folktales about couples who undertake a journey to the otherworlds within the soul - worlds only marriage and relationship can open up to us.

ISBN: 1-57733-126-5, 6x9

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781577331261
  • Publisher: Blue Dolphin Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/28/2003
  • Pages: 220
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Into the Labyrinth

1. Ancient Mysteries
Isis and Osiris
Inanna and Dumuzi
Odysseus and Penelope
Persephone and Hades
Cupid and Psyche

2. Medieval Romances
Orfeo and Heurodis
Lancelot and Guenevere
Yvain and the Lady of the Fountain
Parzival and Condwiramours
Gawain and Orgeluse
Jesus and Mary

3. Renaissance Relationships
Four Couples in the Forest
The Redcrosse Knight and Una
Mercury and Venus
The Chemical Wedding of Christian Rosencreutz
Jason and Medea
Gawain and Morgan le Fay
Adam and Eve

4. Folk Tales, Ballads, and Fables
Zubaidah and the Beautiful Boy
The Dervish and the Princess
Aladdin and Badr al-budur
Thomas and the Faerie Queene
Tam Lin and Janet
The Miller's Son and the King's Daughter
Vasilisa and the Czar
Ivan and the Lioness
Ivan and the Indian Princess
Ivan and the Frog Princess
Sir Gawain and the Loathly Damsel

5. Modern Mysteries
Ellis and Ulla
Faith and Goodman Brown
Aylmer and Georgiana
Beatrice and Giovanni
Jack and Mabel
Beauty and the Beast
Orpheus and Eurydice

Redeeming the Waste Land

Notes
Suggestions for Further Reading
Index

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