Thematic Guide to World Mythology

Thematic Guide to World Mythology

by Lorena Laura Stookey
     
 

ISBN-10: 0313315051

ISBN-13: 9780313315053

Pub. Date: 03/30/2004

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

All around the world, myths address questions that humans have always posed about their origins, their environments, their ultimate destinies, and the meanings of their lives. This book examines 30 common motifs that thread their way through mythological tales across history and around the globe. The themes are presented in alphabetical order, moving from The

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All around the world, myths address questions that humans have always posed about their origins, their environments, their ultimate destinies, and the meanings of their lives. This book examines 30 common motifs that thread their way through mythological tales across history and around the globe. The themes are presented in alphabetical order, moving from The Afterlife and Animals in Myth to The Underworld, World Tree, and Ymir Motif. Each thematic section defines and discusses a single recognizable motif, compares a number of different mythological traditions, and traces the repeated occurrences of one of these patterns through several different categories of narratives.

The discussion of The Afterlife, for example, examines the theme's earliest known occurrences in ancient Mesopotamia and compares them with those in Greek, Aztec, Norse, and other ancient cultures, as well as with contemporary views from Innuit and Polynesian cultures. A glossary provides concise definitions of recurring terms. A list of suggested readings on these topics will further aid students who desire to deepen their knowledge of world mythology.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313315053
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
03/30/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

The Afterlife

Animals in Myth

The Apocalypse

Changing Ages

Cosmic Egg

Creation Myths

Culture Heroes

Deluge Motif

Descent Motif

Earth-Diver Motif

Emergence Motif

Etiological Myths

The Fall

Fertility Myths

Gods

Goddesses

Guardians

Messengers

Monsters

Primal Parents

The Quest

Rainbow

Sacred Mountains

Separation of Earth and Sky

Theomachy

Tricksters

Twins

The Underworld

World Tree

Ymir Motif

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