A Book of Myths

A Book of Myths

As we read the myths of the East and the West we find ever the same story.

Author: Jeanie Lang

Publisher: Library of Alexandria

ISBN: 9781613107614

Category: Mythology

Page: 340

View: 179

Just as a little child holds out its hands to catch the sunbeams, to feel and to grasp what, so its eyes tell it, is actually there, so, down through the ages, men have stretched out their hands in eager endeavour to know their God. And because only through the human was the divine knowable, the old peoples of the earth made gods of their heroes and not unfrequently endowed these gods with as many of the vices as of the virtues of their worshippers. As we read the myths of the East and the West we find ever the same story. That portion of the ancient Aryan race which poured from the central plain of Asia, through the rocky defiles of what we now call “The Frontier,” to populate the fertile lowlands of India, had gods who must once have been wholly heroic, but who came in time to be more degraded than the most vicious of lustful criminals. And the Greeks, Latins, Teutons, Celts, and Slavonians, who came of the same mighty Aryan stock, did even as those with whom they owned a common ancestry. Originally they gave to their gods of their best. All that was noblest in them, all that was strongest and most selfless, all the higher instincts of their natures were their endowment. And although their worship in time became corrupt and lost its beauty, there yet remains for us, in the old tales of the gods, a wonderful humanity that strikes a vibrant chord in the hearts of those who are the descendants of their worshippers. For though creeds and forms may change, human nature never changes.
Categories: Mythology

A Book of Myths

A Book of Myths

" "What is God?" "What made a God think of fire and air and water?" "Why am I, I?" Into the explanation of creation and existence given by the Greeks come the stories of Prometheus and of Pandora.

Author: Jean Lang

Publisher:

ISBN: 9798671623109

Category:

Page: 257

View: 298

Those who are interested in watching the mental development of a child must have noted that when the baby has learned to speak even a little, it begins to show its growing intelligence by asking questions. "What is this?" it would seem at first to ask with regard to simple things that to it are still mysteries. Soon it arrives at the more far-reaching inquiries-- "Why is this so?" "How did this happen?" And as the child's mental growth continues, the painstaking and conscientious parent or guardian is many times faced by questions which lack of knowledge, or a sensitive honesty, prevents him from answering either with assurance or with ingenuity. As with the child, so it has ever been with the human race. Man has always come into the world asking "How?" "Why?" "What?" and so the Hebrew, the Greek, the Maori, the Australian blackfellow, the Norseman--in a word, each race of mankind--has formed for itself an explanation of existence, an answer to the questions of the groping childmind--"Who made the world?" "What is God?" "What made a God think of fire and air and water?" "Why am I, I?" Into the explanation of creation and existence given by the Greeks come the stories of Prometheus and of Pandora. The world, as first it was, to the Greeks was such a world as the one of which we read in the Book of Genesis--"without form, and void." It was a sunless world in which land, air, and sea were mixed up together, and over which reigned a deity called Chaos. With him ruled the goddess of Night and their son was Erebus, god of Darkness. When the two beautiful children of Erebus, Light and Day, had flooded formless space with their radiance, Eros, the god of Love, was born, and Light and Day and Love, working together, turned discord into harmony and made the earth, the sea, and the sky into one perfect whole. A giant race, a race of Titans, in time populated this newly-made earth, and of these one of the mightiest was Prometheus.
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A BOOK OF MYTHS illustrated

A BOOK OF MYTHS  illustrated

As we read the myths of the East and the West we find ever the same story.

Author: Jean Lang

Publisher: Independently Published

ISBN: 9798667857181

Category:

Page: 284

View: 862

A BOOK OF MYTHS BY JEAN LANG (illustrated) complete edition with classic and old vintage illustrations PREFACE Just as a little child holds out its hands to catch the sunbeams, to feel and to grasp what, so its eyes tell it, is actually there, so, down through the ages, men have stretched out their hands in eager endeavour to know their God. And because only through the human was the divine knowable, the old peoples of the earth made gods of their heroes and not unfrequently endowed these gods with as many of the vices as of the virtues of their worshippers. As we read the myths of the East and the West we find ever the same story. That portion of the ancient Aryan race which poured from the central plain of Asia, through the rocky defiles of what we now call "The Frontier," to populate the fertile lowlands of India, had gods who must once have been wholly heroic, but who came in time to be more degraded than the most vicious of lustful criminals. And the Greeks, Latins, Teutons, Celts, and Slavonians, who came of the same mighty Aryan stock, did even as those with whom they owned a common ancestry. Originally they gave to their gods of their best. All that was noblest in them, all that was strongest and most selfless, all the higher instincts of their natures were their endowment. And although their worship in time became corrupt and lost its beauty, there yet remains for us, in the old tales of the gods, a wonderful humanity that strikes a vibrant chord in the hearts of those who are the descendants of their worshippers. For though creeds and forms may change, human nature never changes. We are less simple than our fathers: that is all. And, as Professor York Powell most truly says: "It is not in a man's creed, but in his deeds; not in his knowledge, but in his sympathy, that there lies the essence of what is good and of what will last in human life." The most usual habits of mind in our own day are the theoretical and analytical habits. Dissection, vivisection, analysis-those are the processes to which all things not conclusively historical and all things spiritual are bound to pass. Thus we find the old myths classified into Sun Myths and Dawn Myths, Earth Myths and Moon Myths, Fire Myths and Wind Myths, until, as one of the most sane and vigorous thinkers of the present day has justly observed: "If you take the rhyme of Mary and her little lamb, and call Mary the sun and the lamb the moon, you will achieve astonishing results, both in religion and astronomy, when you find that the lamb followed Mary to school one day."
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A Hand book of Mythology

A Hand book of Mythology

Author: E. M. Berens

Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105005649111

Category: Mythology, Classical

Page: 334

View: 692

Categories: Mythology, Classical

A Book of Myths

A Book of Myths

A collection of some of the famous and some of the little known legends and stories of the ancient world. Grades 5-7.

Author: Roger Lancelyn Green

Publisher:

ISBN: OCLC:251002902

Category: Mythology

Page: 184

View: 893

Categories: Mythology

The Giant Book of Myths and Legends

The Giant Book of Myths and Legends

-- Gathered together in this volume are more than fifty spellbinding tales of ancient wonder from over twenty cultures, reflecting the full range of human experience.

Author: Mike Ashley

Publisher: Metro Books

ISBN: 1586636103

Category: Social Science

Page: 564

View: 183

-- Star maids, serpent-gods, dragons, and kings have captivated the imagination from beginning of time. And whether it is the word of classical Greek mythology, the rich folklore of King Arthur and Robin Hood, or the mythical offerings of the Native Americans, traditional stories hold the key to unlocking the magic and the mystery of the past. -- Gathered together in this volume are more than fifty spellbinding tales of ancient wonder from over twenty cultures, reflecting the full range of human experience.
Categories: Social Science

A Book of Myths Scholar s Choice Edition

A Book of Myths   Scholar s Choice Edition

This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important, and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it.

Author: Jean Lang

Publisher:

ISBN: 1297063384

Category:

Page: 302

View: 874

This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important, and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it. This work was reproduced from the original artifact, and remains as true to the original work as possible. Therefore, you will see the original copyright references, library stamps (as most of these works have been housed in our most important libraries around the world), and other notations in the work. This work is in the public domain in the United States of America, and possibly other nations. Within the United States, you may freely copy and distribute this work, as no entity (individual or corporate) has a copyright on the body of the work.As a reproduction of a historical artifact, this work may contain missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. Scholars believe, and we concur, that this work is important enough to be preserved, reproduced, and made generally available to the public. We appreciate your support of the preservation process, and thank you for being an important part of keeping this knowledge alive and relevant.
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World of Myths

World of Myths

A compilation of myths from cultures around the world which have been translated from their original languages.

Author: Marina Warner

Publisher:

ISBN: IND:30000101135907

Category: Religion

Page: 410

View: 122

A compilation of myths from cultures around the world which have been translated from their original languages.
Categories: Religion

The Usborne Book of Myths and Legends

The Usborne Book of Myths and Legends

A gorgeous collection of classic myths, legends and stories which any young reader will treasure. this wonderful storybook is crammed with traditional tales of monsters and magic, powerful gods and goddesses, clever animals and much, much ...

Author: Anna Milbourne

Publisher: Usborne Books

ISBN: 0746074840

Category: Fables

Page: 190

View: 191

A gorgeous collection of classic myths, legends and stories which any young reader will treasure. this wonderful storybook is crammed with traditional tales of monsters and magic, powerful gods and goddesses, clever animals and much, much more: a treasury of much-loved favourites, as well as less well-known gems. Ages 4+
Categories: Fables

The Penguin Book of Myths and Legends of Ancient Egypt

The Penguin Book of Myths and Legends of Ancient Egypt

Lavishly illustrated with colour pictures, maps and family trees, helpful glossaries explaining all the major gods and timelines of the Pharoahs and most importantly packed with unforgettable stories, this book offers the perfect ...

Author: Joyce Tyldesley

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 9780141963761

Category: Religion

Page: 400

View: 473

From Herodotus to The Mummy, Western civilization has long been fascinated with the exotic myths and legends of Ancient Egypt but they have often been misunderstood. Here acclaimed Egyptologist Joyce Tyldesley guides us through 3000 years of changing stories and, in retelling them, shows us what they mean. Gathered from pyramid friezes, archaological finds and contemporary documents, these vivid and strange stories explain everything from why the Nile flooded every year to their beliefs about what exactly happened after death and shed fascinating light on what life was like for both rich and poor. Lavishly illustrated with colour pictures, maps and family trees, helpful glossaries explaining all the major gods and timelines of the Pharoahs and most importantly packed with unforgettable stories, this book offers the perfect introduction to Egyptian history and civilization.
Categories: Religion

The Children s Book of Myths and Legends

The Children s Book of Myths and Legends

Collects myths and legends from ancient Egypt, ancient Greece, Ireland, and other countries and civilizations on such topics as growth and rebirth, love and marriage, heroic deeds, and death and endings.

Author: Ronne Randall

Publisher: Armadillo

ISBN: 184322819X

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 128

View: 910

Collects myths and legends from ancient Egypt, ancient Greece, Ireland, and other countries and civilizations on such topics as growth and rebirth, love and marriage, heroic deeds, and death and endings.
Categories: Juvenile Fiction

Myth

Myth

This is followed by a look at myth in relation to its contexts, such as religion, politics, and popular culture. The volume closes with a bibliography of print and electronic resources and a glossary.

Author: William G. Doty

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 0313326967

Category: Social Science

Page: 196

View: 383

A type of folklore, myth is central to all cultures. Written by a leading authority and of use to high school students, undergraduates, and general readers, this reference offers a convenient overview of the role of myth around the world. The volume defines and classifies types of myth and provides examples from different cultural traditions. It then overviews various approaches to studying myth. This is followed by a look at myth in relation to its contexts, such as religion, politics, and popular culture. The volume closes with a bibliography of print and electronic resources and a glossary.
Categories: Social Science

Creation Myths of the World Parts I II

Creation Myths of the World  Parts I II

Nearly every belief system in every part of the world has its own distinctive answers to how the world was created, often taking the form of a story or myth.

Author: David Adams Leeming

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9781598841749

Category: Reference

Page: 553

View: 511

Nearly every belief system in every part of the world has its own distinctive answers to how the world was created, often taking the form of a story or myth. These narratives offer insight into a culture's values, its world view, and its interpretations of the relationship between the individual, society, and the divine.
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Myths Millennials

Myths   Millennials

I wrote this book for my younger self, for a lower middle class family grew up watching movies, heroes and ad films soaked with myths.

Author: Padmini Janaki

Publisher: Notion Press

ISBN: 9781636335643

Category: Social Science

Page: 154

View: 330

They say when you don’t find your favorite book write it, as a woman raised in this Indian society I have lived with myths on what to do, when to do and how to do ALWAYS told by people around, I decided to read books and everything is written by some super successful women who never ever lived my normal life, when I read some rebel books it suggested me to hate men and do things which is not me, to me trying to be a man is waste of a woman. I wrote this book for my younger self, for a lower middle class family grew up watching movies, heroes and ad films soaked with myths. You don’t have to become a fighter to live a great life, you just need to know what is a myth and what is reality, that is enough to move from the survival mode to the living and concequering mode, are you ready sister?
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The Kingfisher Book of Myths and Legends

The Kingfisher Book of Myths and Legends

A collection of thirty-five myths from around the world.

Author: Anthony Horowitz

Publisher:

ISBN: 0862721563

Category: Legends

Page: 255

View: 402

A collection of thirty-five myths from around the world.
Categories: Legends

Incan Mythology and Other Myths of the Andes

Incan Mythology and Other Myths of the Andes

Introduces the religious and mythological beliefs of the Incas, including their gods, heroes, and basic legends.

Author: Greg Roza

Publisher: The Rosen Publishing Group

ISBN: 1404207392

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 64

View: 909

Introduces the religious and mythological beliefs of the Incas, including their gods, heroes, and basic legends.
Categories: Juvenile Nonfiction

Greek Mythology

Greek Mythology

This is a revised translation of Fritz Graf's highly acclaimed introduction to Greek mythology, Griechische Mythologie: Eine Einfuhrung, originally published in 1985 by Artemis Verlag.

Author: Fritz Graf

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 0801853958

Category: History

Page: 240

View: 489

Allegorists in ancient Greece attempted to find philosophical and physical truths in myth. Plato, who resolutely excluded myths from the sphere of truth, thought that they could express ideas in a realm he could not reach with dialectical reasoning. Freud built a science around the myth of Oedipus, saying that myths were "distorted wish dreams of entire nations, the dreams of early mankind." No body of myth has served more purposes - or been subject to more analysis - than Greek mythology. This is a revised translation of Fritz Graf's highly acclaimed introduction to Greek mythology, Griechische Mythologie: Eine Einfuhrung, originally published in 1985 by Artemis Verlag. Graf offers a chronological account of the principal Greek myths that appear in the surviving literary and artistic sources, and concurrently documents the history of interpretation of Greek mythology from the seventeenth century to the present. First surveying the various definitions of myth that have been advanced, Graf proceeds to look at the relationship between Greek myths and epic poetry; the absence of an "origin of man" myth in Creek mythology; and connection between particular myths and shrines or holy festivals; the harmony in Greek literature between myth and history; the use of myth in Greek song and tragedy; and the uses and interpretations of myth by philosophers and allegorists.
Categories: History

Native American Mythology

Native American Mythology

Discusses the origins and cultural significance of Native American mythology and folklore and describes common myths involving the creation of the world, animals and their behavior, tricksters, and heroes.

Author: Fred Ramen

Publisher: The Rosen Publishing Group

ISBN: 1404207384

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 64

View: 266

Discusses the origins and cultural significance of Native American mythology and folklore and describes common myths involving the creation of the world, animals and their behavior, tricksters, and heroes.
Categories: Juvenile Nonfiction

Myth and Geology

Myth and Geology

"This book is the first peer-reviewed collection of papers focusing on the potential of myth storylines to yield data and lessons that are of value to the geological sciences.

Author: Luigi Piccardi

Publisher: Geological Society of London

ISBN: 1862392161

Category: Science

Page: 350

View: 165

"This book is the first peer-reviewed collection of papers focusing on the potential of myth storylines to yield data and lessons that are of value to the geological sciences. Building on the nascent discipline of geomythology, scientists and scholars from a variety of disciplines have contributed to this volume. The geological hazards (such as earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions and cosmic impacts) that have given rise to myths are considered, as are the sacred and cultural values associated with rocks, fossils, geological formations and landscapes. There are also discussions about the historical and literary perspectives of geomythology. Regional coverage includes Europe and the Mediterranean, Afghanistan, Cameroon, India, Australia, Japan, Pacific islands, South America and North America. Myth and Geology challenges the widespread notion that myths are fictitious or otherwise lacking in value for the physical sciences." -- BOOK JACKET.
Categories: Science

Other Peoples Myths

Other Peoples  Myths

She shows how the stories of mythology—whether of Greek gods, Chinese sages, or Polish rabbis—enable all cultures to define themselves.

Author: Wendy Doniger O'Flaherty

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226618579

Category: Religion

Page: 225

View: 754

Other People's Myths celebrates the universal art of storytelling, and the rich diversity of stories that people live by. Drawing on Biblical parables, Greek myths, Hindu epics, and the modern mythologies of Woody Allen and soap operas, Wendy Doniger O'Flaherty encourages us to feel anew the force of myth and tradition in our lives, and in the lives of other cultures. She shows how the stories of mythology—whether of Greek gods, Chinese sages, or Polish rabbis—enable all cultures to define themselves. She raises critical questions about the way we interpret mythical stories, especially the way different cultures make use of central texts and traditions. And she offers a sophisticated way of looking at the roles myths play in all cultures.
Categories: Religion