In Search of Myths & Heroes

Exploring Four Epic Legends of the World

Author: Michael Wood

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520247246

Category: Political Science

Page: 272

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The author goes in search of four of the most famous myths in the world--Shangri-la, Jason and the Golden Fleece, the Queen of Sheba, and the Holy Grail--journeying to some of the most remote regions on Earth, including Western Tibet, the mountains of Geo
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In Search of the Trojan War

Author: Michael Wood

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520215993

Category: History

Page: 288

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Tales of Troy and its heroes--Achilles and Hector, Paris and the legendary beauty Helen--have fired the human imagination for 3,000 years. With In Search of the Trojan War, Michael Wood brings vividly to life the legend and lore of the Heroic Age in an archaeological adventure that sifts through the myths and speculation to provide a fresh view of the riches and the reality of ancient Troy. This gripping story shows why the legend of Troy forms the bedrock of Western culture and why its past is a paradigm of human history. Wood's meticulous scholarly sleuthing yields fascinating evidence about the continuity and development of human civilization in the Aegean and Asia Minor. With its 50 feet of debris resulting from constant rebuilding, human destruction, earthquake, and abandonment, the mound of Troy contains the beginnings and ends of new races and civilizations. This edition includes a new preface, a new final chapter, and an addendum to the bibliography that take account of dramatic new developments in the search for Troy with the rediscovery, in Moscow, of the so-called Jewels of Helen and the re-excavation of the site of Troy, which began in 1988 and is yielding new evidence about the historical city. Tales of Troy and its heroes--Achilles and Hector, Paris and the legendary beauty Helen--have fired the human imagination for 3,000 years. With In Search of the Trojan War, Michael Wood brings vividly to life the legend and lore of the Heroic Age in an archaeological adventure that sifts through the myths and speculation to provide a fresh view of the riches and the reality of ancient Troy. This gripping story shows why the legend of Troy forms the bedrock of Western culture and why its past is a paradigm of human history. Wood's meticulous scholarly sleuthing yields fascinating evidence about the continuity and development of human civilization in the Aegean and Asia Minor. With its 50 feet of debris resulting from constant rebuilding, human destruction, earthquake, and abandonment, the mound of Troy contains the beginnings and ends of new races and civilizations. This edition includes a new preface, a new final chapter, and an addendum to the bibliography that take account of dramatic new developments in the search for Troy with the rediscovery, in Moscow, of the so-called Jewels of Helen and the re-excavation of the site of Troy, which began in 1988 and is yielding new evidence about the historical city.
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Neil Gaiman's The Sandman and Joseph Campbell

In Search of the Modern Myth

Author: Stephen Rauch

Publisher: Wildside Press LLC

ISBN: 9781592242122

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 152

View: 2021

The first scholarly book-length examination of the work of comics legend Neil Gaiman includes detailed analysis of his best-selling "Sandman" and "Death" series, a look at his work's relationship to Joseph Campbell, and such topics as "Living in a Desacralized World," "The Relationship of Dreams and Myth in Campbell, Jung, and Gaiman's Sandman," "Humanization, Change, and Rebirth: The Hero's Journey," "The Role of the Artist and the Art of Storytelling," and more. A fascinating journey behind the comics work of one of the most interesting and challenging popular writers of today, Neil Gaiman's The Sandman and Joseph Campbell: In Search of the Modern Myth is the book which Gaiman's fans have been waiting for!
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In Search Of The First Civilizations

Author: Michael Wood

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1448141648

Category: History

Page: 224

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Five thousand years ago there began the most momentous revolution in human history. Starting in Mesopotamia, city civilization emerged for the first time on earth, to be followed in Egypt, India, China and the Americas. The ideals of these ancient civilizations still shape the lives of the majority of mankind. In Search of the First Civilizations (previously published as Legacy) asks the intriguing question: what is civilization? Did it mean the same to the Chinese, the Indians and the Greeks? What can the values of the ancient cultures teach us today? And do the ideals of the West - a latecomer to civilization - really have universal validity? In this fascinating historical search, Michael Wood explores these ancient cultures, looking for their essential character and their continuing legacy. A brilliant exploration. Sunday Times Well-written, gorgeous and guaranteed to induce thought... Wood takes great care to put everything in a large historical perspective, which is actually more disturbing than comforting. New York Post
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Das grosse Buch der klassischen Mythen

Herkules, Dionysos, Ödipus, Odysseus, Troja, goldenes Vlies, Aphrodite, Sigurd

Author: Edith Hamilton

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783442217236

Category:

Page: 502

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The Mythology of Sleep

The Waking Power of Dreams

Author: Kari Hohne

Publisher: Way of Tao Books

ISBN: 0981977901

Category: Dreams

Page: 246

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There are timeless healing messages hidden in our ancient stories. The Mythology of Sleep: The Waking Power of Dreams is a groundbreaking look at the hero's journey through the dreamscape. Just as myths are stories about heroes in search of their destiny, the fantastic landscapes and cryptic symbols appearing in dreams present clues about our real identity. As if some aspect of the mind has an understanding that transcends time and self-awareness, the journey always awakens us to our full potential. Approaching dreams as the hero's journey through a landscape of wellness, this self-help book makes healing an adventure, and presents a new dimension in the study of dream interpretation.
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In Search of the Lost Feminine

Decoding the Myths that Radically Reshaped Civilization

Author: Craig S. Barnes

Publisher: Fulcrum Publishing

ISBN: 9781555914899

Category: Social Science

Page: 286

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Here, for the first time, an author weaves together threads that explain the mysterious disappearance of ancient cultures in which women and the environment were at the center, a loss that has dramatically influenced 3,500 years of Western history.
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In Search of New England's Native Past

Selected Essays

Author: Gordon M. Day,Michael K. Foster,William Cowan

Publisher: Univ of Massachusetts Press

ISBN: 9781558491519

Category: History

Page: 328

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This volume highlights the work of the late Gordon M. Day, renowned for his research on the history and culture of the Western Abenakis and their Indian neighbours. Synthesizing data from fragmentary historical records, oral traditions and place names, Day reconstructs New England's native past.
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Myths and Legends of the British Isles

Author: Richard W. Barber

Publisher: Boydell & Brewer

ISBN: 9780851157481

Category: Social Science

Page: 572

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A mythology for the islands of Britain.
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In Quest of the Hero

Author: Otto Rank,Alan Dundes

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691020624

Category: Fiction

Page: 223

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In Quest of the Hero makes available for a new generation of readers two key works on hero myths: Otto Rank's Myth of the Birth of the Hero and the central section of Lord Raglan's The Hero. Amplifying these is Alan Dundes's fascinating contemporary inquiry, "The Hero Pattern and the Life of Jesus." Examined here are the patterns found in the lore surrounding historical or legendary figures like Gilgamesh, Moses, David, Oedipus, Odysseus, Perseus, Heracles, Aeneas, Romulus, Siegfried, Lohengrin, Arthur, and Buddha. Rank's monograph remains the classic application of Freudian theory to hero myths. In The Hero the noted English ethnologist Raglan singles out the myth-ritualist pattern in James Frazer's many-sided Golden Bough and applies that pattern to hero myths. Dundes, the eminent folklorist at the University of California at Berkeley, applies the theories of Rank, Raglan, and others to the case of Jesus. In his introduction to this selection from Rank, Raglan, and Dundes, Robert Segal, author of the major study of Joseph Campbell, charts the history of theorizing about hero myths and compares the approaches of Rank, Raglan, Dundes, and Campbell.
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In search of God in the sexual underworld

a mystical journey

Author: Edwin Clark Johnson

Publisher: William Morrow & Co

ISBN: N.A

Category: Social Science

Page: 238

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A former monk discusses his painful spiritual journey through the world of juvenile prostitution and his experiences on his quest for social, political, and spiritual enlightenment
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In Search of British Heroes

Author: Tony Robinson

Publisher: Channel 4 Book

ISBN: 9780752215327

Category: History

Page: 224

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In search of British Heroes is the story of a quest; a jouney into history and across contemporary Britain to discover the truth about five legendary figures. Boudica, Macbeth, King Harold, William Wallace better known as Braveheart and Robin Hood come to us as a mixture of fact and fiction. They are larger-than-life. Their lives and sometimes tragic deaths symbolise something greater than themselves. From the Roman invasion to the Age of Chivalry, they mark milestones in British history and the British Character. Tony Robinson sets out on a journey across the country to retrace the stories of the real people behind these legends, to find out where they lived, loved and fought. In going behind the offical story, he not only uncovers even more remarkable facts about some of the greatest Britons who ever lived, but also shows them to be truly local heroes: legends who lived on our doorsteps, who have left their mark not only in the annals but beneath our factories, fields and schools. These heroes belong to a shared heritage and this is a shared journey. Maps and directions enable readers to make the quest with Tony as he burns away the mist of time to reveal the flesh-and-blood characters behind the ghosts that still haunt every corner of our country and culture. In Search of British Heroes accompanies the televsion series Fact or Fiction produced by Spire Films for Channel 4.
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Myth

A Biography of Belief

Author: David Adams Leeming

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 9780195161052

Category: Fiction

Page: 182

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This text explores classic works such as the Song of Songs to reveal the cultural energies that ancient mythmakers sought to corral in their creations. Leeming suggests that myth and factual knowledge do not negate, but complement each other.
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Lords of the Scrolls: Literary Traditions in the Bible and Gospels

Author: Donald K. Sharpes

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 9780820478494

Category: History

Page: 394

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"Lords of the Scrolls" analyzes ancient literary sources to show how biblical and gospel scribes borrowed and imitated themes from earlier literature to create heroic legends around Hebrew figures and Jesus. Comparisons between the "Epic of Gilgamesh; Enuma Elish;" Canaanite, Egyptian, and Greek legends; Homeric epics; the histories of Herodotus; and selected biblical and gospel passages reveal thematic and literary similarities. Tracing literary classics from the birth of writing to the first millennium of the modern era, this book demonstrates that Hebrew scribes used previous literature to establish a national identity, and that gospel scribes borrowed heavily from Homer to create epic legends around the person of Jesus.
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Heaven on Earth

The Varieties of the Millennial Experience

Author: Richard Landes

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199831815

Category: Religion

Page: 520

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Millennialists through the ages have looked forward to the apocalyptic moment that will radically transform society into heaven on earth. They have delivered withering critiques of their own civilizations and promised both the impending annihilation of the forces of evil and the advent of a perfect society. And all their promises have invariably failed. We tend, therefore, to dismiss these prophets of doom and salvation as crackpots and madmen, and not surprisingly historians of our secular era have tended to underestimate their impact on our modern world. Now, Richard Landes offers a lucid and ground-breaking analysis of this widely misunderstood phenomenon. This long-awaited study shows that many events typically regarded as secular--including the French Revolution, Marxism, Bolshevism, Nazism--not only contain key millennialist elements, but follow the apocalyptic curve of enthusiastic launch, disappointment and (often catastrophic) re-entry into "normal time." Indeed, as Landes examines the explicit millennialism behind such recent events as the emergence of Global Jihad since 1979, he challenges the common notion that modern history is largely driven by secular interests. By focusing on ten widely different case studies, none of which come from Judaism or Christianity, he shows that millennialism is not only a cultural universal, but also an extremely adaptive social phenomenon that persists across the modern and post-modern divides. At the same time, he also offers valuable insight into the social and psychological factors that drive such beliefs. Ranging from ancient Egypt to modern-day UFO cults and global Jihad, Heaven on Earth both delivers an eye-opening revisionist argument for the significance of millennialism throughout history and alerts the reader to the alarming spread of these ideologies in our world today.
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The Underground Girls of Kabul

In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan

Author: Jenny Nordberg

Publisher: Broadway Books

ISBN: 0307952517

Category: Social Science

Page: 288

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An investigative journalist uncovers a hidden custom in Afghanistan that will transform your understanding of what it means to grow up as a girl. In Afghanistan, a culture ruled almost entirely by men, the birth of a son is cause for celebration and the arrival of a daughter is often mourned as misfortune. A bacha posh (literally translated from Dari as “dressed up like a boy”) is a third kind of child--a girl temporarily raised as a boy and presented as such to the outside world. Jenny Nordberg, the reporter who broke the story of this phenomenon for the New York Times, constructs a powerful and moving account of those secretly living on the other side of a deeply segregated society where women have almost no rights and little freedom. The Underground Girls of Kabul is anchored by vivid characters who bring this remarkable story to life: Azita, a female parliamentarian who sees no other choice but to turn her fourth daughter Mehran into a boy; Zahra, the tomboy teenager who struggles with puberty and refuses her parents’ attempts to turn her back into a girl; Shukria, now a married mother of three after living for twenty years as a man; and Nader, who prays with Shahed, the undercover female police officer, as they both remain in male disguise as adults. At the heart of this emotional narrative is a new perspective on the extreme sacrifices of Afghan women and girls against the violent backdrop of America’s longest war. Divided into four parts, the book follows those born as the unwanted sex in Afghanistan, but who live as the socially favored gender through childhood and puberty, only to later be forced into marriage and childbirth. The Underground Girls of Kabul charts their dramatic life cycles, while examining our own history and the parallels to subversive actions of people who live under oppression everywhere.
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The Encyclopedia of World Mythology

Author: Arthur Cotterell,Rachel Storm

Publisher: Lorenz Books

ISBN: N.A

Category: Social Science

Page: 512

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The ultimate evocative and detailed guide to the fabulous myths and legends of the Western world, and to the powerful pantheon of gods and goddesses of the East.
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The Mythical Organisation

Author: Graham Galer

Publisher: Triarchy Press Limited

ISBN: 095576811X

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 120

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The word `myth' has become synonymous with `untrue': in today's rational world, myths are always distrusted and frequently debunked. But myths should not be so easily dismissed. In The Mythical Organisation, Graham Galer identifies the existence of modern-day myths, including myths that have grown up around the British National Health Service, the BBC and climate change. He argues that their creation and development are driven by an underlying and often unconscious need to explain and maintain the social order. Drawing on his experience in scenario planning at Royal Dutch/Shell and in South Africa under apartheid, Galer provides insight and commentary on the importance of myth for social stability and the role myth has to play in changing public opinion and stimulating action. He demonstrates that a myth is not only a means of exploring the past but that it also provides a shared experience that allows us to examine the present and imagine the future. The Mythical Organisation is written for managers in large organisations, as well as for those lecturing or studying in the fields of business management - especially organisational studies and politics.
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