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Myth A Biography of Belief

ISBN-10: 019516105X
ISBN-13: 9780195161052
Edition: 2003
Authors: David Leeming
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Description: Joseph Campbell wrote that mythology is "the wonderful song of the soul's high adventure." In Myth, David Leeming considers the role this "wonderful song" has to play in a world increasingly dependent on scientific and technical information.  More...

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Book details

List price: $24.99
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/31/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.330
Language: English

Joseph Campbell wrote that mythology is "the wonderful song of the soul's high adventure." In Myth, David Leeming considers the role this "wonderful song" has to play in a world increasingly dependent on scientific and technical information. Exploring classic works such as the Song of Songs, the Tao Te Ching, the Rg Veda, the New Testament, and the Indonesian myth of Hainuwele, Myth reveals the cultural energies that ancient "mythmakers" sought to corral in their creations. Leeming argues that myths are, by definition, evolving creations that live on in the work of modern-day "mythmakers" such as W.B. Yeats, Virginia Woolf, and Albert Einstein. Leeming provides an engaging new outlook on the role of myth in the works of these and other contemporary artists and scientists. The similarities between modern concepts like the "Big Bang" and ancient myths of creation illustrate our continuing need to confront the mysteries of existence by way of metaphor and narrative. Leeming suggests that myth and factual knowledge do not negate, but complement each other. Whether it is the "American Dream," alien abduction, or belief in virgin birth and resurrection, these "living myths" play a very therapeutic role in the development of a healthy society. In Myth: A Biography of Belief, David Leeming shows that myths are still a fitting way to capture "the soul's high adventure."

Preface
Introduction: Myth and Religion
Creation: Myth, Science, and Modernism
Deity: Myth and Gender
The Hero: Myth, Psyche, Soul, and the Search for Union
Bibliography
Text Credits
Index

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