The Global Myths: Exploring Primitive, Pagan, Sacred and Scientific Mythologies

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'The Global Myths' embraces both science and religion because, like primitive and pagan lore, they too propound fathomless concepts of the world and its origins. Since this book reflects such widely differing aspects of mythic consciousness, it rounds out the whole subject of mythology in a completely unique manner.
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Overview

'The Global Myths' embraces both science and religion because, like primitive and pagan lore, they too propound fathomless concepts of the world and its origins. Since this book reflects such widely differing aspects of mythic consciousness, it rounds out the whole subject of mythology in a completely unique manner.
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A former art editor of Time magazine, Eliot is a consummate storyteller who relates tales from his own childhood, as well as from around the globe. In the process, the common humanity of various people becomes apparent, and we learn that beings--divine, human, and natural--need one another. Eliot thus reveals important contemporary ecological messages held within these stories. Recommended especially for public but also for seminary libraries.
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Retellings of dozens of myths from around the world, with introductions that place them in their native time and place. Arranged by topical sections to illustrate the theory that there are universal myths adapted to the needs of particular cultures. No bibliography. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780452011168
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/11/1994
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 9
Preface 13
Pt. 1 The House of the Four Winds 15
Thor in Trouble: Time and Tide
"In the Beginning"
Big Fish and Little Fish
Enter, the Mythosphere
The East Wind: Bead Woman's Dress
The West Wind: Laelaps' Last Chase
The South Wind: "Evident Nonsense"
The North Wind: Dancing in the Dark
Pt. 2 The Labyrinthine Ways 53
Holy Breath
The Tale of Tarantula
Terrible Twins: Psychology
Io's Legend: Cause for Debate
A Dolphin's Death: A Creed Outworn
The Wet-Lipped Deity
The Bold Cosmologists
Stand-off in the Agora
The Lesson of the Labyrinth
Cleopatra: The Long Way Home
Pt. 3 The World Reborn 107
The Epic Journey of Dineh
Bellerophon's Brilliant Career
Callisto: Mysteries of Art
"The Unknown God"
Perseus: The Perserverance of Poetry
Three Classic Poets
The Horns of the Prophet
Aeschylus: Mystery and History
Pt. 4 From Eternity to Here 155
Plato: The Disappearing Handkerchief
Aesop: His Fall and Rise
The Tale of the Jade Emperor's Mother
The Ocean-Warming Piglet
Po Chu-i's Mirror Poem
Socrates' Secret Dream
Chuang Tzu, Vishnu, and Manu
Psyche: All for Love
"Strange Minstrelsy"
One Last Legend
Unfathomable Abundance
Index 193
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