Mythology The Voyage of the Hero

ISBN-10: 0195119576
ISBN-13: 9780195119572
Edition: 3rd 1998 (Revised)
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Book details

List price: $19.95
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/28/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 6.06" wide x 9.17" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.122
Language: English

This book offers an unusual yet effective approach to the subject of mythology by stressing the universal rather than national themes. Leeming collects a wide array of narrative texts from the Bible to English literature to interpretations by Joseph Campbell, C.G. Jung and others, which illustrate the stages of the universal hero. The arrangement of texts by themes such as "Childhood, Initiation and Divine Signs" and "The Descent to the Underworld" help readers strip mythic characters of their many national and cultural "masks" to reveal their archetypal aspects. Real figures such as Jesus and Mohammed are also included to underline the text theory that myths are real and can be applied to real life. Changes to the third edition include additional heroine myths (including Navajo, Indonesian, Indian, Chinese and African tales) and an updated bibliography.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction The Meaning of Myth
The Miraculous Conception and Birth and the Hiding of the Child
Childhood, Initiation, and Divine Signs
Preparation, Meditation, Withdrawal, and Refusal
Trial and Quest
Death and the Scapegoat
The Descent to the Underworld
Resurrection and Rebirth
Ascension, Apotheosis, and Atonement
Selected Bibliography
Index

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