By Theresa Bane
This exhaustive quantity catalogs approximately 3 thousand demons within the mythologies and lore of just about each historic society and such a lot religions. From Aamon, the demon of existence and copy with the top of a serpent and the physique of a wolf in Christian demonology, to Zu, the half-man, half-bird personification of the southern wind and thunder clouds in Sumero-Akkadian mythology, entries provide descriptions of every demon's origins, visual appeal and cultural importance. additionally incorporated are descriptions of the demonic and diabolical participants making up the hierarchy of Hell and the varied species of demons that, in accordance with numerous folklores, mythologies, and religions, populate the earth and plague mankind. Very completely listed.
By Nancy Hathaway
How used to be the realm as we all know it created? What does it suggest to be a hero? the place can we cross once we die? Why are flood myths so ubiquitous? somebody who has contemplated those and different questions about humanity's historical ideals should be serious about The pleasant consultant to Mythology. targeting Greek and Roman mythology yet together with myths from Africa, Asia, Australia, northern Europe, and the Americas, The pleasant advisor to Mythology is full of compelling tales of gods, goddesses, mortals, and monsters. superbly ornamented with images, line drawings, and prices, this wonderful advisor additionally contains an A-to-Z directory of the world's so much fascinating goddesses; profiles of well-known writers, creditors, and interpreters of myths; and fascinating sidebars. that includes myths of affection, knowledge, and experience in addition to these of violence, jealousy, and natural folly, this available assortment bargains attention-grabbing perception into the human psyche and brings our wealthy mythological background delightfully into focus.
By Philip Wilkinson
Myths & Legends retells the tales important to each tradition which were handed down from iteration to iteration for hundreds of thousands of years. assurance extends from the well known stories of the traditional Greeks, which carry the main to the beginning of such words as "Achille's heel," to the lesser-known, yet richly colourful, myths of the Americas and the East. subject spreads discover characters and tales when it comes to their cultural, mental, and spiritual meanings and convey their strength, function, and impression either of their personal time and in today's international. function spreads stopover at the sacred websites that may nonetheless be obvious this day, and underline the significance of issues that seem throughout cultures and during the centuries. In taking a look at such common topics as construction, heroic trials, tricksters' classes, and loss of life and the afterlife, Myths & Legends investigates how varied cultures have addressed questions corresponding to How used to be the area created? How did guy discover ways to use fireplace? and Why can we become old?
By David Adams Leeming
Hercules, Zeus, Thor, Gilgamesh--these are the figures that jump to brain after we reflect on fantasy. yet to David Leeming, myths are greater than tales of deities and awesome beings from non-Christian cultures. fantasy is immediately the main specific and the main common characteristic of civilization, representing universal issues that every society voices in its personal idiom. no matter if an Egyptian tale of production or the big-bang thought of contemporary physics, fable is metaphor, mirroring our inner most experience of ourselves on the subject of life itself.
Now, on the planet of fable, Leeming presents a sweeping anthology of myths, starting from historic Egypt and Greece to the Polynesian islands and glossy technological know-how. We learn tales of serious floods from the traditional Babylonians, Hebrews, chinese language, and Mayans; stories of apocalypse from India, the Norse, Christianity, and smooth technology; myths of the mum goddess from local American Hopi tradition and James Lovelock's Gaia. Leeming has culled myths from Aztec, Greek, African, Australian Aboriginal, eastern, Moslem, Hittite, Celtic, chinese language, and Persian cultures, supplying essentially the most wide-ranging collections of what he calls the collective goals of humanity.
More vital, he has geared up those myths in response to a few issues, evaluating and contrasting how quite a few societies have addressed comparable issues, or have instructed comparable tales. within the part on death gods, for instance, either Odin and Jesus sacrifice themselves to resume the realm, every one death on a tree. Such traditions, he proposes, can have their roots in societies of the far-off prior, which might ritually sacrifice their kings to resume the tribe.
In the realm of fantasy, David Leeming takes us on a trip "not via a maze of falsehood yet via a marvellous international of metaphor," metaphor for "the tale of the connection among the identified and the unknown, either round us and inside us." excellent, tragic, extraordinary, occasionally humorous, the myths he offers converse of the main basic human adventure, part of what Joseph Campbell known as "the marvelous music of the soul's excessive adventure."
From Library Journal
In Mythology: The Voyage of the Hero (Harper, 1980), Leeming accrued over a hundred hero myths for a comparative examine. In his new quantity the myths of assorted varieties are divided into 4 sections: of the cosmos, of the gods, of the hero, and of locations and items, in which subdivisions care for "The Trickster," "The God as Archetype," "The Tree," and so forth. His creation and pre-chapter commentaries are concise and slightly probing. This paintings doesn't and isn't intended to rival that of Joseph Campbell, however it may be invaluable to normal readers or as a highschool or collage introductory textual content. first-class short bankruptcy bibliographies; index and illustrations no longer noticeable. -Terry McMaster, Utica Coll. of Syracuse Univ. Lib., N.Y.
By Umberto Eco
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La nostra immaginazione è popolata da terre e luoghi mai esistiti, dalla capanna dei sette nani alle isole visitate da Gulliver, dal tempio dei Thugs di Salgari all’appartamento di Sherlock Holmes.
Ma in genere si sa che questi luoghi sono nati solo dalla fantasia di un narratore o di un poeta.
Al contrario, e sin dai tempi più antichi, l’umanità ha fantasticato su luoghi ritenuti reali, come Atlantide, Mu, Lemuria, le terre della regina di Saba, il regno del Prete Gianni, le Isole lucky, l’Eldorado, l’Ultima Thule, Iperborea e il paese delle Esperidi, il luogo dove si conserva il santo Graal, los angeles rocca degli assassini del Veglio della Montagna, il paese di Cuccagna, le isole dell’utopia, l’isola di Salomone e l. a. terra australe, l’interno di una terra cava e il misterioso regno sotterraneo di Agarttha. Alcuni di questi luoghi hanno soltanto animato affascinanti leggende e ispirato alcune delle splendide rappresentazioni visive che appaiono in questo quantity, altri hanno ossessionato l. a. fantasia alterata di cacciatori di misteri, altri ancora hanno stimolato viaggi ed esplorazioni così che, inseguendo una illusione, viaggiatori di ogni paese hanno scoperto altre terre.
By Robert A. Segal
A survey of the prior three hundred years of theorizing on fable, this booklet takes into consideration the paintings of such well-liked thinkers as Albert Camus, Claude Lévi-Strauss, C. G. Jung, and Sigmund Freud. It makes a speciality of diversified methods to fable, from the entire significant disciplines--including technological know-how, faith, philosophy, literature, and psychology. Robert Segal considers the long run research of fable, and the prospective functionality of fantasy on the earth because the grownup identical of play.
In order to investigate the several theories of fantasy, Segal makes a speciality of the fantasy in regards to the destiny of the preternaturally appealing Adonis. the place one thought doesn't paintings, he substitutes one other fantasy, exhibiting that, for all their claims to all-inclusiveness, definite theories, in truth, purely observe to express types of myths. A uniform set of questions is equipped to explain either the strengths and the weaknesses of the conjectures.
By Michael Dylan Foster
Monsters, ghosts, tremendous beings, and supernatural phenomena of all kinds hang-out the folklore and pop culture of Japan. widely categorised yokai, those creatures are available in countless sizes and styles, from tengu mountain goblins and kappa water spirits to shape-shifting foxes and long-tongued ceiling-lickers. presently renowned in anime, manga, movie, and desktop video games, many yokai originated in neighborhood legends, folktales, and nearby ghost stories.
Drawing on years of analysis in Japan, Michael Dylan Foster unpacks the heritage and cultural context of yokai, tracing their roots, analyzing their meanings, and introducing those who have hunted them in the course of the a while. during this pleasant and available narrative, readers will discover the jobs performed via those mysterious beings inside of jap tradition and also will study in their abundance and diversity via distinct entries, a few with unique illustrations, on greater than fifty person creatures. The booklet of Yokai offers a full of life expedition into jap folklore and its ever-expanding effect on worldwide pop culture. It additionally invitations readers to check how humans create, transmit, and acquire folklore, and the way they make experience of the mysteries on the planet round them. through exploring yokai as an idea, we will be able to larger comprehend broader strategies of culture, innovation, storytelling, and person and communal creativity.
By Melchior Mbonimpa
Dans les collines verdoyantes de l’Afrique des Grands Lacs, le système des castes impose à des humains autrefois libres les stigmates de l’effroi. Réduits au rang de serfs ou de parias, agriculteurs et chasseurs sont résignés à leur style. Mais sur son lit de mort, Karanda ordonne à ses fils de fuir los angeles terre de servitude. Il leur lègue un totem, le sanglier, et leur interdit d’emprunter des vaches et de se mettre à l. a. merci des pasteurs.
Après l’avoir porté en terre, les fils de Karanda se dispersent de nuit et partent à los angeles recherche d’une terre qui ne sera ni octroyée ni révocable. Pendant des siècles, le testomony de Karanda est transmis par le poème généalogique, jusqu’au jour où le totem du sanglier devient le signe de ralliement d’une fraternité décidée à en finir avec l. a. guerre des castes et à instaurer une paix sturdy. Dans « Le totem des Baranda », l’obsession de l. a. liberté se nourrit du mythe, de l. a. nostalgie, de l’utopie, mais aussi, de bouleversantes histoires d’amour.
By Thomas Bulfinch
Can’t continue your entire gods and goddesses immediately? pondering approximately mythological references in vintage literature? Bulfinch’s Mythology deals approachable money owed of historic legends in a compilation of the works of Thomas Bulfinch, banker and Latinist.
This quantity contains all 3 of Bulfinch’s unique titles: The Age of Fable, The Age of Chivalry, and The Legends of Charlemagne.
Bulfinch states his objective for the booklet in actual fact: “Our paintings isn't for the realized, nor for the theologian, nor for the thinker, yet for the reader of English literature…who needs to realize the allusions so usually made by means of public audio system, academics, essayists, and poets, and people which happen in well mannered conversation.”
This compilation used to be common because the authoritative textual content on mythology in faculties for over a century.
Lexile ranking: 1190L
By Susan Cooper
Simon, Jane, and Barney, enlisted via their mysterious great-uncle, arrive in a small coastal city to recuperate a beneficial golden grail stolen by way of the forces of evil -- darkish. they don't seem to be at the start conscious of the unusual powers of one other boy delivered to support, Will Stanton -- nor of the sinister importance of the Greenwitch, a picture of leaves and branches that for hundreds of years has been solid into the ocean for solid good fortune in fishing and harvest.
Their look for the grail units into movement a sequence of stressful, occasionally harmful occasions that, at their climax, bring on a present that, for a time no less than, will continue the darkish from rising.