World Myth

ISBN-10: 0205730523
ISBN-13: 9780205730520
Edition: 2014 (Revised)
Authors: Barry B. Powell
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List price: $38.99
Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: Pearson Education, Limited
Publication date: 1/23/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 608
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.804
Language: English

Worldly and scholarly, this well-designed text presents myths from around the world in a lively and easy-to-read manner. the material has been arranged by geographic and chronologic origin. It features fresh translations, numerous illustrations, maps, and commentary that emphasizes the anthropological, historical, religious, sociological, and economic contexts in which the myths were told.

List of Myths by Theme
List of Figures
List of Perspectives
Maps
Charts
Preface
Introduction
The Nature of Myth
What is a Myth?
The "Myth of Atlantis"
Types of Myth
Divine myth
Legend
Folktale
The Study of Myth
Myths of the Ancient World
Mesopotamian Myth
Sumerians and Cuneiform Writing
MYTH: The Akkadian Epic of Creation
The Primordial Separation
First Conflict between Older and Younger Gods
The Birth of Marduk
Marduk and Tiamat
Observations: Separation and Succession in Mesopotamian Creation Stories
The Biblical Creation Story
MYTH: Inanna Prefers the Farmer
MYTH: The Wedding of Inanna and Dumuzi
MYTH: The Descent of Ishtar
Observations: The Cycle of Life
MYTH: The Great Flood
A Race of Slaves
Lessening the Population
The Universal Flood
Observations: Divine Myth in Mesopotamia
MYTH: Gilgamesh
Gilgamesh, Son of Lugalbanda
Enkidu
Humbaba
The Lust of Ishtar
The Bull of Heaven
The Death of Enkidu
The Quest for Eternal Life
The Man Who Never Died
The Seven Loaves
The Plant of Rejuvenation
Observations: Gilgamesh, Archetypal Hero
Conclusion: The Myths of Mesopotamia
Egyptian Myth
The Black Land
Egyptian History
Egyptian Writing
The forms of Egyptian Writing
The Decipherment of Jean-Francois Champollion
MYTH: The Creation by Atum
MYTH: Creation in Memphis
MYTH: The Tale of the Shipwrecked Sailor
MYTH: The Destruction of Humankind
MYTH: The Story of the Two Brothers
Conclusion: Egyptian Myth
The Myths of Canaan
The Discovery of Ugarit
Ugaritic Writing
MYTH: The Myth of Aqhat
Observations: The legend of Danel
MYTH: The Myth of Baal
El Surrenders Baal
Baal Defeats Sea
A Banquet for Baal
The Anger of Anat
Baal and Anat Bribe Asherah to Support the Building of a Palace
Kothar-wa-Hasis Builds a Palace for Baal
Death Kills Baal
Athtar, Son of Asherah, Is Made King
Anat Kills Death
The Resurrection of Baal and Death
The Hittite Myth of Kingship in Heaven
Observations: The Triumph of Baal
Greek Myth
Greek Landscape
Indo-European Origins
The Alphabetic Revolution
Greek Polytheism
Homer and Hesiod
MYTH: The Creation of the World
The Children of Chaos
The Children of Gaea: The Titans
Cyclopes, Hecatonchires
MYTH: Cronus against Uranus
The Birth of Aphrodite, Monsters, and Sea Deities
MYTH: The War against the Titans
Goya's Saturn Devouring His Children
MYTH: The War against Typhoeus
Observations: Prominent Themes in Hesiod's Stories of the Early Days
MYTH: Odysseus in the Cave of Polyphemus
Observations: The Man Who Came Home
Roman Myth
Roman Geography and Culture
Roman Government and History
Roman Gods Equated with Greek
Gods of the Family and State
MYTH: The Legend of Aeneas
Arrival at Carthage
Suicide of Dido
Descent to the Underworld
Latium
Observations: The Aeneid, a Myth of Rebirth
Aeneas, Augustus, and Mussolini
MYTH: Romulus and Remus
MYTH: The Rape of the Sabine Women and the Death of Romulus
MYTH: The Etruscan Dynasty and the Wicked Tullia
MYTH: Lucretia and the End of Monarchy
Observations: An Imaginary Past Preserves the Present
Myth in India
Historical Background
The Sources for Indian Myth
MYTH: Brahma Creates the World
MYTH: Vishnu's Incarnation as a Dwarf
MYTH: The Myth of What Was in Krishna's Mouth
The Bhagavad Gita
Mughal Miniatures
Shiva, Lord of the Dance
MYTH: Gods and Demons Churn the Ocean to Obtain Ambrosia
MYTH: Devi Kills the Buffalo Demon
MYTH: The Abduction of Sita
MYTH: How Rama Rejected Sita
Observations: Queen Maya, Lord of All
Myths of the Medieval Period
Persian Myth
History of Iran
Frank Miller's 300
Writing Down the Persian Language
The Religion of Zoroaster
The Cult of Mithras
Ferdowsi's Shahnameh
MYTH: Rostam and Sohrab
Observations: Ferdowsi's Shahnameh
Japanese Myth
Background: Chinese Myth
Japan in History
Japanese Writing
Japanese Religions
MYTH: Japanese Creation of the World
MYTH: Origin of the Japanese Islands
MYTH: The Triumph of Amaterasu
MYTH: Amaterasu and Susanoo
MYTH: The Tale of the Bamboo-Cutter
The Suitors
The Stone Begging Bowl of the Buddha
Japanese Woodblock Prints
The Jeweled Branch from Paradise
The Robe of Fire-Rat Skins
The Jewel in the Dragon's Head
The Easy-Delivery Charm of the Swallows
The Imperial Hunt
The Celestial Robe of Feathers
Observations: The Tale of the Bamboo-Cutter
Celtic Myth
Celtic Records
MYTH: Cuchulain of Ireland
The Birth of Cuchulain
Youthful Deeds of Cuchulain
The Druids
More Youthful Deeds of Cuchulain
The Cattle Raid at Cooley
The Loves of Cuchulain
The Death of Cuchulain
Observations: Cuchulain and History
Wales
MYTH: Pwyll, Prince of Dyfed
Pwyll and Arawen Change Places
The Lady on Horseback
The Stranger at the Feast
The Invention of "Badger in the Bag"
The Happiness of Pwyll and Rhiannon
The Penance of Rhiannon
Observations: Folktale Motifs in the Mabinogion
Scandinavian Myth
Writing among the Norsemen
The Poetic Edda
"The Giantess's Prophecy"
The Creation of the World
The World-Tree and the War in Heaven
Heimdall's Horn
The Death of Balder
Giantland and the Land of Hel
The Fenris Wolf
Ragnarok Begins
The Death of Odin
Thor and the Serpent
The World Renewed
Observations: The Norse Picture of the Cosmos
The Volsungs
Sigurd and Fafnir
Sigurd and Brynhild
The Ring Cycle of Richard Wagner
Observations: The Saga of the Volsungs
Myths of the Modern World
The Myths of Mexico
Maya Civilization
Maya Writing
MYTH: Popol Vuh
The Maya Creation of the World
The Creation of Humans
The Death of Vucub Caquix
Zipacna Kills the Four-Hundred Boys
The Twins Overcome Zipacna, Son of Vucub Caquix
The Twins Overcome Cabracan, Son of Vucub Caquix
The Birth of Hunahpu and Xbalanque
Xquic Tricks the Lords of Xibalba
The Rest of the Story
Observations: The Popol Vuh
The Aztecs
Diego Rivera
MYTH: The Birth of Huitzilopochtli
MYTH: The Plot of Tezcatlipoca against Quetzalcoatl
The Plumed Serpent of D. H. Lawrence
MYTH: The Journey to Tlapallan
Observations: The Myths of Mexico
Oceanic Myth
European Contact
The Study of Oceanic Myth
The Myths of Polynesia
The Statues of Easter Island
MYTH: Polynesian Creation Myths
MYTH: The Polynesian Creation of Humans
MYTH: Legends of Wlaui
MYTH: Maui Fishes Up the Land
MYTH: Maui Snares the Sun
MYTH: Maui Goes in Quest of Fire
MYTH: Maui Raises the Sky
MYTH: The Death of Maui
Paul Gauguin in Tahiti
The Myths of Melanesia
MYTH: The Origin of Man
MYTH: The Origin of Races
MYTH: The Melanesian Origin of Fire
MYTH: The Wise and the Foolish Brothers
MYTH: Melanesian Myths of Cannibalism
The Myths of Micronesia
MYTH: The Exploits of Olofat
The Myths of Australia
MYTH: The Australian Origin of Humankind
MYTH: The Origin of the Moon
MYTH: The Australasian Origin of Fire
MYTH: How the Curlew Got Red Legs
MYTH: Australasian Myths of Cannibalism
Observations: The Myths of Oceania
Myths of the North American Indians
American Indian Culture
MYTH: Hopi Creation
MYTH: Raven, Bringer of Abundance
MYTH: Sedna, Mistress of the Underworld
MYTH: The Release of the Wild Animals
MYTH: Lodge-Boy and Thrown-Away
MYTH: The Bear-Woman
MYTH: The Trickster's Great fall and His Revenge
Longfellow's Hiawatha
MYTH: The Girls Enticed to the Sky
MYTH: The Man-Eating Wife
MYTH: The Fatal Swing
MYTH: Cherokee Origin of Fire
Observations: The Stories of the North American Indians
African Myth
African History
Conditions of Performance
MYTH: Creation in Uganda
MYTH: The Tale of Abunawas
MYTH: Hare
Joel Chandler Harris and Uncle Remus
MYTH: The Story of the Cannibal Mother and Her Children
MYTH: The Disobedient Daughter Who Married a Skull
MYTH: The Magic Drum
MYTH: Nyikang and the Sun
Observations: African Myth
Theory
Theories of Myth Interpretation
Greek Theories
Physical Allegory
Historical Allegory: Euhemerism
Moral Allegory
Apuleius' Allegory of Cupid and Psyche
Medieval and Renaissance Theories
Theories of the Enlightenment
Theories of the 19th and 20th Centuries
Romantic Theories
Anthropological Theories
Linguistic Theories
Psychological Theories
Structuralist Theories
Contextual Approaches
Conclusion: The Study of Myth

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