The King and the Corpse: Tales of the Soul's Conquest of Evil

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Drawing from Eastern and Western literatures, Heinrich Zimmer presents a selection of stories linked together by their common concern for the problem of our eternal conflict with the forces of evil. Beginning with a tale from the Arabian Nights, this theme unfolds in legends from Irish paganism, medieval Christianity, the Arthurian cycle, and early Hinduism. In the retelling of these tales, Zimmer discloses the meanings within their seemingly unrelated symbols and suggests the philosophical wholeness of this ...
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Drawing from Eastern and Western literatures, Heinrich Zimmer presents a selection of stories linked together by their common concern for the problem of our eternal conflict with the forces of evil. Beginning with a tale from the Arabian Nights, this theme unfolds in legends from Irish paganism, medieval Christianity, the Arthurian cycle, and early Hinduism. In the retelling of these tales, Zimmer discloses the meanings within their seemingly unrelated symbols and suggests the philosophical wholeness of this assortment of myth.Drawing from Eastern and Western literatures, Heinrich Zimmer presents a selection of stories linked together by their common concern for the problem of our eternal conflict with the forces of evil. Beginning with a tale from the Arabian Nights, this theme unfolds in legends from Irish paganism, medieval Christianity, the Arthurian cycle, and early Hinduism. In the retelling of these tales, Zimmer discloses the meanings within their seemingly unrelated symbols and suggests the philosophical wholeness of this assortment of myth.
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This handsome volume of essays . . . is the yield of what can be called an Indologist's holiday. . . . Expertly edited by Joseph Campbell, these essays rest upon Zimmer's belief—a belief which he shares with Jung and others—that the spiritual heritage of archaic man still survives in "the deeper unconscious layers of our soul."
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"This handsome volume of essays . . . is the yield of what can be called an Indologist's holiday. . . . Expertly edited by Joseph Campbell, these essays rest upon Zimmer's belief—a belief which he shares with Jung and others—that the spiritual heritage of archaic man still survives in "the deeper unconscious layers of our soul.""—Saturday Review of Literature
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The noted Indologist "Heinrich Zimmer", born in Germany in 1890, came to the United States in 1940, at the height of his career, and was lecturing at Columbia University when he died in 1943. His other works in the Bollingen series include "Myths and Symbols in Indian Art and Civilization" and "Philosophies of India".

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Table of Contents

Editor's Foreword
List of Plates
The Dilettante among Symbols 1
Abu Kasem's Slippers 9
A Pagan Hero and a Christian Saint 26
Four Romances from the Cycle of King Arthur
I Gawain and the Green Knight 67
II The Knight with the Lion 96
III Lancelot 131
IV Merlin 181
The King and the Corpse 202
Four Episodes from the Romance of the Goddess
I The Involuntary Creation 239
II The Involuntary Marriage 264
III The Voluntary Death 285
IV Shiva Mad 296
On the Sipra Shore 307
Index 317
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