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World Mythology The Illustrated Guide

ISBN-10: 0195307526
ISBN-13: 9780195307528
Edition: 2006
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Description: "World Mythology" is an authoritive and wide-ranging collection of the most important mythological traditions, combining the impact of pure narrative with the background information necessary for understanding this engrossing subject matter.

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Book details

List price: $29.99
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/29/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.596
Language: English

"World Mythology" is an authoritive and wide-ranging collection of the most important mythological traditions, combining the impact of pure narrative with the background information necessary for understanding this engrossing subject matter.

Foreword
Introduction
Great Themes of Myth
Creation/The origins of the world
Cosmic Architecture/The structure of the universe
Myths of Humanity/Causes of life and death
Supernatural Beings/Gods, spirits and demons
Cosmic Disasters/The end of the world
Heroes and Tricksters/Agents of change
Animals and Plants/Energy, transformation and kinship
Body and Soul/Spirit and the afterlife
Marriage and Kinship/Myths of the social order
A World Mythography
Egypt
The First Gods/Order from chaos
The Ennead/The Nine Gods of Heliopolis
Osiris/Upholder of order
Isis/The devoted widow
Horus and Seth/The struggle for the throne of Osiris
Solar Myths/The eternal cycle of renewal
Myth and Magic/The secret name of Ra; the Book of Thoth
Snakes and Scorpions/Agents of chaos
Powerful Goddesses/Neith, Sekhmet and Bastet
Other Goddesses/Anat, Astarte, Hathor and Taweret
Kings and the Gods/The sacred role of the pharaohs
Priest-Magicians/Setna Khaemwese and Imhotep
Life After Death/The soul in the underword
The Middle East
Sumer and Babylon/Myths from the first cities
Gilgamesh/The great epic of mortality
Ishtar and Tammuz/The descent to the underworld
Myths of Creation/Enki, Marduk and the divine decrees
The Flood/Destruction and survival
Ugaritic Myths/Kingship and succession
Myths of the Hittites/Dragons and lost gods
Persian Myths/Ahura Mazdah and the battle between good and evil
India
Origins of the World/Sacrifice and conflict
Indra/Warrior and king of the gods
Brahma/The creator god
Vishnu/Protector of the world
Vishnu's Incarnations/The avatars
Rama/The righteous avatar
Krishna, the Adorable/The eighth avatar of Vishnu
Shiva/The erotic and ascetic combined
Devi/The manifold goddess
Shiva's Family Circle/Shiva, Parvati, Skanda, Ganesha
Jain Myth/A response to Hinduism
The Enlightened One/Myths of Buddhism
China
Order Out Of Chaos/Pan Gu and Hun Dun
Nu Gua and Fu Xi/The creation of humanity; flood myths
Sun, Moon and Stars/Myths of the heavenly bodies
Chinese Buddhism/Amitabha and Guanyin
Taoist Myth/Gods and Immortals
Myths of the Family/Filial piety and household gods
Tibet and Mongolia
Myths of Origin/Radiant, Black Misery and the karmic wind
Myths of the Ancient Kings/The sky-descended rulers
King Gesar/The warrior-king
The Taming of the Gods/The impact of Buddhism
Mongolian Shamanism/Encounters with the spirit realm
Japan
Izanagi and Izanami/The primal couple
Amaterasu and Susano/The contest of the sibling deities
The Divine Crisis/Amaterasu's removal of the sun
The Izumo Cycle/Susano's descent to earth; Okuninushi and the White Rabbit
Gods, Heroes and Demons/Inari, Hachiman and the Oni
The Realm of Saga/The exploits of Jimmu-tenno and Yamato-takeru
Buddhist Myths/Three figures of mercy
Greece
Myth and Society/Public and private observances
The Birth of the Gods/The rise of the Olympians
The Origins of Humanity/Prometheus, Pandora, Deucalion, Pyrrha
Zeus/King of the gods
The Couplings of Zeus/Human and divine consorts
Athene/The virgin goddess
Poseidon/God of the sea
Apollo/The brilliant god
Artemis/Chaste goddess of the hunt
Dionysos/God of wine and altered states
Goddesses of the Soil/Demeter and Persephone
Ares and Aphrodite/War, love and sex
Home, Hearth and Fire/Hermes, Hestia and Hephaistos
The Underworld/The kingdom of Hades
Heroes and Monsters/The world's prodigies
Herakles/The archetypal hero
Theseus/Athenian hero and statesman
Jason/The great adventurer
The Argonauts/Jason's quest for the Golden Fleece
Perseus/Slayer of Medusa
The Trojan War/Homer's warrior epic
After Troy/Odysseus and Agamemnon
Transgressors/Breakers of the natural order
Centaurs and Amazons/Races of fabulous beings
Transformations/Myths of metamorphosis; Orpheus
Rome
Gods and Goddesses/The borrowed pantheon; household gods and civic virtues
The Foundation of Rome/The destiny of Aeneas the Trojan
Romulus and the Kings of Rome/The she-wolf and the myths of the past
The Celtic World
The Celtic Pantheon/A miscellany of gods
Myths and Gods of Ireland/The Mythological Cycle
The Hero of Ulster/Tales of Cu Chulainn
Finn and His Warriors/The Fenian myths
Goddesses/Motherhood, war and sovereignty
Otherworldly Voyages/Conla, Mael Duin and Bran
Stories of Wales/The "Mabinogion"
The Arthurian Legend/Arthur and his knights
Northern Europe
Early and Lost Gods/Fragments of Northern myth
Cosmology in the Viking Age/The World Tree and its realms
Loki and Ragnarok/The trickster, the wolf and the last great battle
Odin/Ruler of Asgard
Thor/The thunder god
Freyr and the Vanir/Gods of sky, land and water
Goddesses and Female Spirits/Freyja, Golden Apples, Valkyries and Norns
The Dragon-Slayers/Beowulf and Sigurd
Central and Eastern Europe
The Other World/The thrice tenth kingdom
The Baba Iaga and the Amazons/Female creatures of folk tale
Ancestors and Hearth Spirits/Ivan the Fool and the domovoi
Spirit Souls of the Departed/The rusalka, vila and other visitors
Malevolent Spirits/Forest creatures, werewolves and vampires
The Arctic Regions
Myths of the Inuit/Spirits of sea and sky
Myths of Siberia/Animals, trees and shamans
North America
Creation Myths/Great Spirit and Earth Diver
The Origins of Humanity/The first human ancestors
Gods and Heroes/Shapers and controllers of the world
Shamans/Vision quests and guardian spirits
Tricksters/Entertainers and mischief-makers
Navajo Myths/Curing ceremonies and Coyote tales
Myths of the Plains/Wakan Tanka and the sacred pipe
Animal Myths/The relatives of humankind
Mesoamerica
The Old Gods/The jaguar and the fire deity
Creations and Cataclysms/The myth of the suns
Tezcatlipoca/Lord of the Smoking Mirror
Quetzalcoatl/The feathered serpent
Huitzilopochtli/God of sun and war
Tlaloc and Fertility/Aztec gods of rain and corn
Gods of the Sacred Calendar/Sacred and solar cycles
Gods of the Maya/The three-layered cosmos
South America
Ancient Religions/Spirits, sacrifice and sacred journeys
Myths of the Andes/The Incas and their predecessors
The Inca Pantheon/Viracocha, Inti, Mama Kilya and Ilyap'a
The Sacred Skies/Animal constellations and sacred lines
Spirit Worlds/The universe transformed
The Ancestral Forest/Origin myths of the forest peoples
Africa
Origins of the World/Africa's creation myths
The Upside-Down World/The realms of the living and the dead
Death and Sex/The loss of immortality
Myths of Kingship/The divine lineage of earthly rulers
Tower Myths/The folly of human presumptuousness
Eshu The Trickster/Cunning mediator between heaven and earth
Animal Myths/Tricksters, inventors and transformers
Australia
The Big Flood/Myths of origin
Death and Mourning/The origins of mortality
The Origins of Marriage/Eaglehawk and Crow; Wodoy and Djunggun
Tricksters/The ancestral order disrupted
Shaping the Landscape/Myths of ancestral wanderings
Oceania
Myths of Origin/Creator gods and culture heroes
Myths of the Sky/Human and heavenly realms
Food and fertility/Sex and the origins of horticulture
Myths of the Maori/Rangi, Papa and the Polynesian pantheon
Ku and Lono/The Hawaiian ritual cycle
Maui/Oceania's trickster hero
Cargo Cults/The European impact
Myth and Magic/Living myth on Goodenough Island
Southeast Asia
Myths of Origin/The creation of the world and humanity
Humans, Gods and Spirits/The origins of civilization
Encounters With Magic/Barbarians, demons and witches
The Giver of Life/Myths about rice
Further Reading
Picture Credits
Index

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