The World of Myth: An Anthology

Paperback | December 3, 2013

byDavid A. Leeming

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Since its publication in 1991, The World of Myth has provided thousands of students with a fascinating, wide-ranging introduction to world mythology. Building on the bestselling tradition of the first edition, the long-awaited second edition offers a uniquely comprehensive collection of mythsfrom numerous cultures around the globe. Featuring a thematic organization, it helps students understand world mythology as a metaphor for humanity's search for meaning in a complex world. Author David Leeming presents a sweeping variety of myths whose origins range from ancient Egypt and Greece to the Polynesian islands and modern science. Students will be captivated by 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; and much more. One of the most wide-ranging anthologies available, this volume includes myths from African, Australian Aboriginal, Aztec, Celtic, Chinese, Greek,Hittite, Japanese, Muslim, and Persian cultures.

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Since its publication in 1991, The World of Myth has provided thousands of students with a fascinating, wide-ranging introduction to world mythology. Building on the bestselling tradition of the first edition, the long-awaited second edition offers a uniquely comprehensive collection of mythsfrom numerous cultures around the globe. Fea...

David Leeming is Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Connecticut in Storrs. He is the author of many books on mythology, including The Oxford Companion to World Mythology (2005).

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:December 3, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction: The Dimensions of MythSelect Bibliography: PART ONE. COSMIC MYTHSThe CreationEgypt: Ex Nihilo BeginningsMesopotamia (Babylon): Enuma Elish and the World ParentIsrael: Genesis and the Talmudic LilithIndia: The Sacred WordsIran (Persia): Aryan and ZoroastrianChina: Cosmic Egg and Yin and YangGreece: Hesiod's TheogonyIceland (Norse): The World Parent of the EddasMeso-America (Aztec-Mexica): Coatlicue the World MotherNative North America (Onondagan): Star Woman and Earth DiversAfrica (Boshongo-Bantu): Bumba's CreationNative North America (Acoma); Goddesses and the EmergenceDarwin: OriginsModern Physics: The Big BangThe FloodMesopotamia (Sumer-Babylon): Utnapishtim (Ziusudra)Israel: NoahIran (Zoroastrian): YimaEgypt: Hathor, Blood and BeerChina: YuIndia: ManuGreece-Rome: Deucalion and PyrrhaMeso-America (Mayan): The Popol-VuhSouth-America (Incan): Viracocha and the GiantsThe ApocalypseIsrael: The Day of YahwehAsia Minor (Christian): The Book of RevelationIran (Zoroastrian): The Savior SaoshyantArabia (Muslim): End of the WorldIndia: The End of the Kali AgeNative North America (Hopi): Emergence to the Fifth WorldIceland (Norse): RagnarokModern Physics: Entropy and Heat DeathPART TWO. MYTHS OF THE GODSThe PantheonsMesopotamia (Sumer): Gods of the ElementsEgyptIndia: The TriadGreece: Orginators and OlympiansRome: The Renamed OlympiansIceland (Norse): The Aesir and the VanirIreland and Wales: The Family of Don and the Tuatha de DanannThe God as ArchetypeThe Supreme BeingIndia: Krishna-Vishnu as BrahmanIsrael: YahwehNative South America (Uitoto): NainemaAfrica (Bushman): MantisNative North America (Cherokee): Sun GoddessJapan: AmaterasuModern Science: Immanent MindThe Great MotherIreland and Wales: Danu-DonNative North America (Inuit): SednaNorth America (Lakota Sioux): White Buffalo WomanMexico: Our Lady of GuadaloupeModern Science: Gaia as EarthThe Dying GodMesopotamia (Sumer): Inanna (Ishtar)Egypt: Osiris and IsisGreece and Rome: Adonis and AphroditeAsia Minor (Phrygia): AttisGreece: DionysosIceland (Norse): OdinNative North America (Penobscot): Corn MotherThe TricksterMesopotamia (Sumer): Enki and the MeGreece: Hermes Steals the CattleIndia: Krishna and the GopisIceland (Norse): LokiNative North America (Maida): CoyoteAfrica (Fon): LegbaGods, Goddesses, and Lesser SpiritsGreece and RomeNon-GreekPART THREE. HERO MYTHSNative North America (Tewa): Water Jar BoyGreece: TheseusGreece: Herakles (Hercules) and the Twelve LaborsIndia: The BuddhaIreland: CuchulainnGreece: AntigoneEurope: King ArthurEurope: Parcival and the Holy GrailIsrael: JonahGreece: Jason and the Golden FleeceRome: AeneasArabia: Muhammad and the Night JourneyAfrica (Kikuyu): WanjiruIndonesia (Ceram): HainuweleIndia: Rama and SitaIndia: DraupadiAustralia (Aboriginal): The PleiadesMesopotamia: GilgameshGreece and Rome: Orpheus and EurydiceGreece: OdysseusIsrael: JesusMeso-America (Toltec/Aztec): QuetzalcoatlEurope: MaryGreece: AlcestisPART FOUR. PLACE AND OBJECT MYTHSThe World of AfterlifeEgypt: OsirisGreece and Rome: Lands of the DeadNative North America (Hopi): The KachinasThe MountainIndia: Mount MeruThe CityGreece and Rome: TroyIsrael-Palestine: JerusalemGreece: DelphiThe TempleEurope: The Chapel PerilousThe GenitalsGreece: TiresiasNative North American (Apache): The Vagina GirlsThe StoneAsia Minor (Phrygia): The Agdos RockAustralia (Aboriginal): ErathipaThe TreeIndia: The Cosmic TreeChina: FusangIceland (Norse): YggdrasilThe Garden, the Grove, and the CaveArabia: Muhammad's CaveThe LabyrinthGreece: Daedalus and IcarusGlossaryIndex