The World of Myth: An Anthology by David A. LeemingIn The World of Myth David Adams Leeming provides a sweeping anthology of myths. There are fascinating stories of great floods from the ancient Babylonians, Hebrews, Chinese, and Mayans; tales of apocalypse from India, the Norse, Christianity, and modern science; myths of the mother goddess from Native American Hopi culture and James Lovelocks Gaia. Leeming has culled myths from Aztec to Persian cultures, offering one of the most wide-ranging collections of what he calls the collective dream of humanity. Organizing these myths according to theme, Leeming compares and contrasts how various societies have addressed similar concerns, or have told similar stories. Fantastic, tragic, bizarre, and sometimes funny, the myths presented speak of the most fundamental human experience, a part of what Joseph Campbell called the wonderful song of the souls high adventure.
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Hercules, Zeus, Thor, Gilgamesh--these are the figures that leap to mind when we think of myth. But to David Leeming, myths are more than stories of deities and fantastic beings from non-Christian cultures. Myth is at once the most particular and the most universal feature of civilization, representing common concerns that each society voices in its own idiom. Whether an Egyptian story of creation or the big-bang theory of modern physics, myth is metaphor, mirroring our deepest sense of ourselves in relation to existence itself. Now, in The World of Myth, Leeming provides a sweeping anthology of myths, ranging from ancient Egypt and Greece to the Polynesian islands and modern science. We read stories of great floods from the ancient Babylonians, Hebrews, Chinese, and Mayans; tales of apocalypse from India, the Norse, Christianity, and modern science; myths of the mother goddess from Native American Hopi culture and James Lovelock's Gaia. Leeming has culled myths from Aztec, Greek, African, Australian Aboriginal, Japanese, Moslem, Hittite, Celtic, Chinese, and Persian cultures, offering one of the most wide-ranging collections of what he calls the collective dreams of humanity.
Enlarge Image. In Sex in the World of Myth , David Leeming argues that sex is as important in myths as it is in our lives. The reproductive acts of the ancient Greek goddess Gaia perhaps reflect a pre-Olympian matriarchal social system.
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Covering all aspects of mythology, this Companion includes essays on the world's major mythological traditions Greek, Native American, Indian, Japanese, Sumerian, Egyptian , along with retellings of better-known myths, and entries on mythological types, motifs, and figures such as the Descent to the Underworld, the Hero, Creation, Odysseus, Spider Woman, and Inanna , and related subjects such as fairly tales and legends. The Companion locates myth firmly in our lives today by exploring language patterns, psychology, religion, politics, art, and gender attitudes.
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