World Mythology The Illustrated Guide

ISBN-10: 0195307526

ISBN-13: 9780195307528

Edition: 2006

Authors: Roy Willis, Robert Walter

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"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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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: 2.442
Language: English

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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