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The Origins of the World s Mythologies

Author : Michael Witzel
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Michael Witzel persuasively demonstrates the prehistoric origins of most of the mythologies of Eurasia and the Americas ('Laurasia').

World Mythology

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The Origins and History of Consciousness

Author : Erich Neumann
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The Origins and History of Consciousness draws on a full range of world mythology to show how individual consciousness undergoes the same archetypal stages of development as human consciousness as a whole. Erich Neumann was one of C. G. Jung's most creative students and a renowned practitioner of analytical psychology in his own right. In this influential book, Neumann shows how the stages begin and end with the symbol of the Uroboros, the tail-eating serpent. The intermediate stages are projected in the universal myths of the World Creation, Great Mother, Separation of the World Parents, Birth of the Hero, Slaying of the Dragon, Rescue of the Captive, and Transformation and Deification of the Hero. Throughout the sequence, the Hero is the evolving ego consciousness. Featuring a foreword by Jung, this Princeton Classics edition introduces a new generation of readers to this eloquent and enduring work.

Chinese Mythology

Author : Anne Birrell
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"China, unlike ancient Greece and Rome, had no Homer or Ovid to retell its ancient myths in an eloquent literary record. Viewed with great skepticism by Chinese scholars of the early Chinese empire, myth was preserved orally, and finally converted into the written tradition only in a very fragmentary way. As a consequence, classical Chinese myth has remained largely unavailable to students and scholars of Chinese culture." "In Chinese Mythology, Anne Birrell provides English translations of some 300 representative myth narratives selected from over 100 classical texts, many of which have never before been translated into any Western language. Organizing the narratives according to theme and motif classes common to world mythology, Birrell addresses issues of source, dating, attribution, textual variants, multiforms, and context. Drawing extensively on works in comparative mythology, she surveys the development of Chinese myth studies, largely in the West; summarizes the contribution of Chinese and Japanese scholars to the study of Chinese myth since the 1920s; and looks at special aspects of traditional approaches to Chinese myth. The result is an unprecedented guide to the study of Chinese myth for specialists and nonspecialists alike."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Origins of the Gods and One Hundred Schools of Thought

Author : John P Foster
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This book is a fascinating scientific inquiry into the question of how humans came to the existence that we know today. The goal for this book is to serve as a handbook of Comparative Mythology. A large portion of text is dedicated to retelling condensed versions of the ancient myths of the world so that a beginning scholar may attain a worldly knowledge of cultural myths that they can compare independently. In addition to this large body of mythological evidence; a Matrix Method of comparable characters is presented, such that a common thread of history emerges by comparing outlines of stories from around the world. The basic storyline of history includes parts from all religions.The history of the world, as we currently understand it, will dramatically change by three discoveries presented in this book. First is evidence, and mathematical proof, that ancient Earth was struck by a portion of Halley's Comet. Second is discovery of an ancient map of the world encrypted into the body of an ancient fresco. Third is discovery of a Matrix Method giving mathematical probability to characters often thought purely mythical. This book promises to offer the greatest paradigm shift in thinking on human history since Darwin. ...And in doing so, it presents a return to many of the greatest arts and literature stories the world has ever known.In simple real life stories what the Matrix Method means is that the mythological characters of Father Heaven, and Mother Earth show up in most cultural myths as the first set of parents to the world. Sea, and Sun, and Moon, are of the second generation. Thunder and Underworld are of the third generation. Matrix comparison leads to the conclusion that a universal pantheon of founders once existed. Where it gets really interesting is the point where recognizable historic figures relate to the same entities as mythical characters, Zeus is the same person as Ramses 1. Hera is the same person as Nefertiti, and Sara, and Ishtar. This book will be of interest to artists, and scientists, as well as, historians, religious scholars, and storytellers.

The Masks of God Primitive mythology

Author : Joseph Campbell
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Studies the development of man's philosophical views of supreme beings in primitive, Eastern, and Western cultures

Revelation Mythology Correspondences

Author : James John Garth Wilkinson
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Primitive mythology

Author : Joseph Campbell
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Historical Atlas of World Mythology

Author : Joseph Campbell
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From Back Cover: Joseph Cambell's multivolume Historical Atals of World Mythology, his magnum opus, marks the culmination of his brilliant career as scholar, writer, teacher, and one of the foremost interreters of our sacred traditions. Campbell describe his work as an attempt to tell humankind's "One Great Story"--Our saga of spiritual awakening and the subsequent development of the many different mythological perspectives that have shaped us throughtout time. His central theme is that our seemingly disparate spiritual traditions are neither discrete nor unique, but rather each is simply an "ethnic manifestation" of one or another of those "elemental ideals" that have forever transfixed the human psyche

Mythologies of the World

Author : Ron Smith
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This book surveys the important available books on mythologies of all parts of the globe and the cultural contexts from which the mythological traditions emerged. Written as a series of bibliographic essays, the guide opens with a description of major reference sources encompassing many cultures, as well as those tracing particular themes (such as that of the creation) across cultures. The other bibliographic essays discuss sources for studying prehistoric mythologies, the mythologies of West Asian peoples (Mesopotamian, Biblical, Islamic, and others), South and East Asian mythologies, European mythologies, American Indian mythologies (North, Central, and South American), African mythologies, and the mythologies of the Pacific and Australia. An appendix on contemporary mythology--mainly American--discusses a wide range of works that examine the beliefs, traditions, and dreams that manifest themselves in spectator sports, politics, advertising, and forms of popular culture in the United States. (RL)