Mythology: The Voyage of the Hero by David Adams Leeming

Mythology: The Voyage of the Hero

byDavid Adams Leeming

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What makes something mythic? What do mythic events and narratives have to do with us? In Mythology, David Leeming offers an unusual and effective approach to the subject of mythology by stressing universal themes through myths of many cultures. This anthology collects a wide array ofnarrative texts from the Bible to English literature to interpretations by Joseph Campbell, C.G. Jung, and others, which illustrate how myths serve whole societies in our universal search for meaning. Leeming illustrates the various stages or rites of passage of the mythic universal hero, from birth to childhood, through trial and quest, death, descent, rebirth, and ascension. The arrangement of texts by themes such as "Childhood, Initiation and Divine Signs," "The Descent to the Underworld,"and "Resurrection and Rebirth" strip mythic characters of their many national and cultural "masks" to reveal their archetypal aspects. Real figures, including Jesus and Mohammed, are also included underlining the theory that myths are real and can be applied to real life. This edition is updatedto include additional heroine myths, as well as Navajo, Indonesian, Indian, Chinese, and African tales.

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David Adams Leeming is Professor Emeritus of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Connecticut, Storrs. He is the author of numerous books including The World of Myth, and A Dictionary of Creation Myths. He resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
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Title:Mythology: The Voyage of the HeroFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9.09 × 6.1 × 0.91 inPublished:September 21, 1998Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Worldwide issues appear in the myths of most cultures. In Mythology: The Voyage of the Hero, explore a diverse selection of narratives that highlight man's search for meaning from the Bible to English literature and views by Carl Gustav Jung and Joseph Campbell. David Leeming's remarkable third edition is a unique approach to understanding myths through the intrepid figure of the hero from birth, rites of passage, death and rebirth. This third edition includes sections on the figure of the heroine and myths of the Navajo, Indonesians, Africans and Chinese.

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"A wonderfully well arranged collection...that offer[s] up the whole subject....It should be useful, not only for classroom study, but also for anyone wishing to advance his knowledge of this vast subject. I shall be recommending it from now on to people asking me what I read."--JosephCampbell