Friendly Guide to Mythology A Mortal's Companion to the Fantastical Realm of Gods Goddesses Monsters Heroes

ISBN-10: 014024087X
ISBN-13: 9780140240870
Edition: N/A
Authors: Nancy Hathaway
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List price: $20.00
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 8/26/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 448
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

How was the world as we know it created? What does it mean to be a hero? Where do we go when we die? Why are flood myths so ubiquitous? Anyone who has pondered these and other questions about humanity's ancient beliefs will be fascinated by The Friendly Guide to Mythology. Focusing on Greek and Roman mythology but including myths from Africa, Asia, Australia, northern Europe, and the Americas, The Friendly Guide to Mythology is filled with compelling stories of gods, goddesses, mortals, and monsters. This entertaining guide also includes an A-to-Z listing of the world's most captivating goddesses; profiles of famous writers, collectors, and interpreters of myths; and engaging sidebars, beautifully ornamented with photos, line drawings, and quotes. Featuring myths of love, wisdom, and adventure as well as those of violence, jealousy, and pure folly, this accessible collection offers fascinating insights into the human psyche and brings our rich mythological heritage delightfully into focus.

Nancy Hathaway's books include "The Friendly Guide to the Universe" & "The Unicorn." She lives in New York City.

Preface
Out of Chaos, Vast and Dark
Tales of Creation and Destruction
Tales of Dismemberment
Marduk Slays the Serpent
Marduk: A Chronology
P'an Ku Creates the World
The Frost Giants and the Creation of the World
The Sacrifice
Quetzalcoatl and Tezcatlipoca Attack the Goddess
Ta'aroa Gets Angry
Sky Woman Falls to Earth
Izanami and Izanagi
If not Green Cheese, What?
The Mating of the Gods
An Egyptian Story: Variations on a Theme
The Greek Creation
Night
The Origin of Humanity
Earthlings
Skin, Bone and More
Sex
The Ages of Humanity
A Tale from Borneo
The Greek Version
A Hindu Scenario
The Fifth Sun and the Creation of Humanity
The Chronicle of the Plumed Serpent
Two Mayan Myths
Tales of the Flood
Enlil Can't Stand the Noise
Zeus Gets Angry
Venus Saves Wainkaura
Nu Gua, the Gourd Girl
Why the World is Such a Mess: Tricksters and Troublemakers
Inktomi
Coyote
Maui
Eshu
Loki
Death, Destruction and Apocalypse
Why We Die
A Story about Stones
Hell and the Afterlife
Ragnarok: The Final Battle
The Doom of the Gods
From the Annals of Mythology
The Life of Hesiod
Snorri Sturluson
An Abecedarium of Goddesses
Amaterasu
Bastet
Benten
Brigit
Cerridwen
Coatlicue and Coyolxuahqui
Cybele
Durga
Epona
Freyja
Frigg
Gnowee
Heng-o
Huitaca
Inanna
Isis
Jari
Kali
Kuan Yin
Lilith
Mary
Niamh (and Oto-Hime)
Oshun and Oya
Parvati
Pele
Quies
Rhiannon
Sedna
Tatsuta-Hime
Taueret
Tien-Mu
Uke Mochi
The Valkyries
White Buffalo Woman
Xochiquetzal
Yambe-Akka
The Zorya
From the Annals of Mythology
Max Muller and the Disease of Language
Sir James George Frazer and The Golden Bough
Jane E. Harrison
The Greeks
Zeus, Lord of the Dark Storm Cloud
His Childhood
The Clash of the Titans
A Threat Overcome
His Authority
Zeus Loses His Son
The Amorous History of Zeus
Love's Masquerade
Hera, Goddess of Marriage
Hera's Children
Tiresias
Poseidon, God of the Sea-Blue Mane
Poseidon Hippios, Lord of Horses (and Other Animals)
Scylla and Charybdis
From the Annals of Mythology: Homer, Lawrence of Arabia, and the Homeric Question
Demeter and Persephone
The Eleusinian Mysteries
Demeter's Son Ploutus
Hades: Lord of the Dead, Land of the Dead
Residents of Hades
Another Greek Afterlife: Plato and the Myth of Er
Hestia and the Vestal Virgins
Golden Aphrodite
Anchises
Adonis
The Judgment of Paris
The Punishments of Aphrodite
Aphrodite's Children
Apollo, God of Light
The Birth of Apollo
The Delphic Oracle
The Mouse God and His Son
Two Musical Competitions
The Loves of Apollo
The Sibyl of Cumae
Apollo and Helios, Gods of the Sun
Artemis: Wild Thing
Niobe's Children
The Death of Actaeon
The Death of Orion
The Bears of Artemis
Lunar Goddesses
Moon Gods
Atalanta and the Calydonian Boar Hunt
Atalanta Gets Married
Gray-Eyed Athena: A Motherless Child
Athena's Birth
Athena and Her City
Pallas Athene
Arachne
Erichthonius
What Athena Wore
Athena: Now and Then
Ares and Mars, Gods of War
Romulus and Remus
Hephaestus, the Crippled Smith
The Tale of a Cuckold
The Masterpieces of Hephaestus
Prometheus, Champion of Humankind
The Sacrifice
Zeus Strikes Back
Prometheus Is Punished
Hermes, Lord of Rascals, Prince of Thieves
The First Lyre
Hermes Becomes an Olympian God
Hermes, Io, and the Herms
Hermes Trismegistus
The Great God Pan
Echo and Narcissus
Wind-footed Iris, Goddess of the Rainbow
Death and the Rainbow
Dionysus, God of Joy
The Invention and Spread of Wine
The Rites of Dionysus
More Tales of Dismemberment
King Midas
Dionysus and Orpheus
Orpheus and Eurydice
From the Annals of Mythology: Ovid
Heroes
Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Hero
The Valet's Hero
Hero Worship in Antiquity
Heroines in Antiquity
Emerson's Hero
Carlyle's Hero
E. B. Tylor's Hero
Von Hahn's Hero
Raglan's Hero
Otto Rank's Hero
Sigmund Freud's Hero
The Jungian Hero
Wallace Stevens's Hero
Joseph Campbell's Hero
Gilgamesh
Gilgamesh and Enkidu
The Search for Immortality
The Woman of the Vine and the Ferryman
Utnapishtim's Test
The Old Men Are Young Again
Perseus and the Medusa: The Hero's Task
On the Medusa
Heracles
The Labors of Heracles
Heracles Helps Out: Another Round Trip to the Underworld
Jason and the Golden Fleece
Jason and Medea
A Flawed Hero
Parents Who Kill
Tales of the Cauldron
The Dagda's Cauldron
Bran's Cauldron
Theseus
Theseus in Athens
Theseus and the Minotaur
Daedalus, Icarus, and Minos
On Labyrinths
Theseus in the Underworld
Theseus and Phaedra
Krishna
Krishna's Exploits
The Last Incarnation of Vishnu, and the Next
Blue
Mwindo: Little-one-just-born-he-walked
Mwindo Meets His Aunt
Into the Underworld
Mwindo and the Dragon
Mwindo Is Purified
Nyamitondo: A Sister's Story
Cu Chulainn
The Birth of Cu Chulainn
Cu Chulainn Earns His Name
Cu Chulainn the Warrior
Macha's Curse
Cu Chulainn in Love
The Cattle Raid of Cooley
The Death of Cu Chulainn
The Heroic Lover
The Salmon of Knowledge
Finn's Pursuit of Love
Psyche
Venus Reacts
The Labors of Psyche
Glossary: A Compendium of Gods, Goddesses, Monsters, and Mortals
Bibliography
Index

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