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Myth: A Biography of Belief

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Joseph Campbell wrote that mythology is "the wonderful song of the soul's high adventure." In Myth, David Leeming considers the role this "wonderful song" has to play in a world increasingly dependent on scientific and technical information.

Exploring classic works such as the Song of Songs, the Tao Te Ching, the Rg Veda, the New Testament, and the Indonesian myth of Hainuwele, Myth reveals the cultural energies that ancient "mythmakers" sought to corral in their creations. Leeming argues that myths are, by definition, evolving creations that live on in the work of modern-day "mythmakers" such as W.B. Yeats, Virginia Woolf, and Albert Einstein. Leeming provides an engaging new outlook on the role of myth in the works of these and other contemporary artists and scientists. The similarities between modern concepts like the "Big Bang" and ancient myths of creation illustrate our continuing need to confront the mysteries of existence by way of metaphor and narrative. Leeming suggests that myth and factual knowledge do not negate, but complement each other.

Whether it is the "American Dream," alien abduction, or belief in virgin birth and resurrection, these "living myths" play a very therapeutic role in the development of a healthy society. In Myth: A Biography of Belief, David Leeming shows that myths are still a fitting way to capture "the soul's high adventure."

About the Author

David Leeming is Emeritus Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Connecticut and author of A Dictionary of Asian Mythology (OUP 2000). He currently resides in Riverdale, New York.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195142884
Subtitle:
A Biography of Belief
Author:
Leeming, David Adams
Author:
Leeming, David
Author:
null, David
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Location:
Oxford
Subject:
Religion
Subject:
Folklore
Subject:
Theology | Mythology
Subject:
Religion and Theology | Mythology and Folklore
Subject:
General Literary Criticism & Collections
Subject:
Religion & Theology | Mythology & Folklore
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series Volume:
no. 6
Publication Date:
20011129
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
4 halftones
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
6.8 x 5.1 x 1 in 0.65 lb

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