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A New York Public Library Outstanding Reference Book

Filled with more than 500 color photographs, charts, maps, and line drawings, this is an incomparable guide to the world's most important mythological traditions.

Roy Willis, Ph.D., is a research fellow in social anthropology at the University of Edinburgh. Best known for his fieldwork in east-central Africa, he is the author of several books, including Man and Beast (1975), a highly acclaimed study of animal symbolism in the beliefs of African peoples.

Robert Walter is the director of the Joseph Campbell Foundation, a nonprofit organization founded to preserve, protect, and perpetuate the pioneering work of Joseph Campbell (1904-1987), one of the foremost interpreters of myth in our time.

Filled with more than 500 color photographs, charts, maps, and line drawings, this is an incomparable guide to the world's most important mythological traditions.

"A comprehensive and comparative survey of the myths of nineteen cultural regions. "American Libraries

"World Mythology serves as both a reference work and a fascinating introduction to its subject."The Bloomsbury Review

"The appearance of this mythology title in paper assures that the encyclopedia of facts will reach new audiences, providing maps, charts, family trees and selected mythological episode retellings. The further organization of the myths by country assures students and adults instant access to specific world regions."Midwest Book Review

Synopsis:

A New York Public Library Outstanding Reference Book

Filled with more than 500 color photographs, charts, maps, and line drawings, this is an incomparable guide to the world's most important mythological traditions.

About the Author

Roy Willis, Ph.D., is a research fellow in social anthropology at the University of Edinburgh. Best known for his fieldwork in east-central Africa, he is the author of several books, including Man and Beast (1975), a highly acclaimed study of animal symbolism in the beliefs of African peoples.

Robert Walter is the director of the Joseph Campbell Foundation, a nonprofit organization founded to preserve, protect, and perpetuate the pioneering work of Joseph Campbell (1904-1987), one of the foremost interpreters of myth in our time.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Robert Walter

Introduction by Dr. Roy Willis

Great Themes of Myth, Dr. Roy Willis

Creation/The origins of the world

Cosmic Architecture/The structure of the universe

Myths of Humanity/Causes of life and death

Supernatural Beings/God, spirits and demons

Cosmic Disasters/The end of the world

Heroes and Tricksters/Agents of change

Animals and Plants/Energy, transformation and kinship

Body and Soul/Spirit and the afterlife

Marriage and Kinship/Myths of the social order

A World Mythography

Egypt, Professor John Baines and Dr. Geraldine Pinch

The First Gods/Order from chaos

The Ennead/The Nine Gods of Heliopolis

Osiris/Upholder of order

Isis/The devoted widow

Horus and Seth/The struggle for the throne of Osiris

Solar Myths/The eternal cycle of renewal

Myth and Magic/The secret name of Ra; the Book of Thoth

Snakes and Scorpions/Agents of chaos

Powerful Goddesses/Neith, Sekhmet and Bastet

Other Goddesses/Anat, Astarte, Hathor and Taweret

Kings and the Gods/The sacred role of the pharaohs

Priest-Magicians/Setna Khaemwese and Imhotep

Life After Death/The soul in the underworld

The Middle East, Professor the Reverend Canon J. R. Porter

Sumer and Babylon/Myths from the first cities

Gilgamesh/ The great epic of mortality

Ishtar and Tammuz/The descent to the underworld

Myths of Creation/Enki, Marduk and the divine decrees

The Flood/Destruction and survival

Ugaritic Myths/Kingship and succession

Myths of the Hittites/Dragons and lost gods

Persian Myths/Ahura Mazdah and the battle between good and evil

India, Dr. John Brockington

Origins of the World/Sacrifice and conflict

Indra/Warrior and king of the gods

Brahma/The creator god

Vishnu/Protector of the world

Vishnu's Incarnations/The avatars

Rama/The righteous avatar

Krishna, the Adorable/The eighth avatar of Vishnu

Shiva/The erotic and ascetic combined

Devi/The manifold goddess

Shiva's Family Circle/Shiva, Parvati, Skanda, Ganesha

Jain Myth/A response to Hinduism

The Enlightened One/Myths of Buddhism

China, Dr. John Chinnery

Order Out Of Chaos/Pan Gu and Hun Dun

Nu Gua and Fu Xi/The creation of humanity flood myths

Sun, Moon and Stars/Myths of the heavenly bodies

Chinese Buddhism/Amitabha and Guanyin

Taoist Myth/Gods and Immortals

Myths of the Family/Filial piety and household gods

Tibet and Mongolia, Dr. Martin Boord

Myths of Origin/Radiant, Black Misery and the karmic wind

Myths of the Ancient Kings/The sky-descended rulers

King Gersar/The warrior-king

The Taming of the Gods/The impact of Buddhism

Mongolian Shamanism/Encounters with the spirit realm

Japan, Dr. C. Scott Littleton

Izanagi and Izanami/The primal couple

Amaterasu and Susano/The contest of the sibling deities

The Divine Crisis/Amaterasu's of the sun

The Izumo Cyde/Susano's descent to earth; Okuninushi and the White Rabbit

Gods, Heroes and Demons/Inari,and the Oni

The Realm of Saga/The exploits of Jimmu-tenno and Yamato-takeru

Buddhist Myths/Three figures of mercy

Greece, Dr. Simon Goldhill

Myth and Society/Public and private observances

The Birth of the Gods/The rise of the Olympians

The Origins of Humanity/Prometheus, Pandora, Deucalion, Pyrrha

Zeus/King of the gods

The Couplings of Zeus/Human and divine consorts

Athene/The virgin goddess

Poseidon/God of the sea

Apollo/The brilliant god

Artemis/Chaste goddess of the hunt

Dionysos/God of wine and altered states

Goddess of the Soil/Demeter and Persephone

Ares and Aphrodite/War, love and sex

Home, Hearth and Fire/Hermes, Hestia and Hephaistos

The Underworld/The kingdom of Hades

Heroes and Monsters/The world's prodigies

Herakles/The archetypal hero

Theseus/Athenian hero and statesman

Jason/The great adventurer

The Argonauts/Jason's quest for the Golden Fleece

Perseus/Slayer of Medusa

The Trojan War/Homer's warrior epic

After Troy/Odysseus and Agamemnon

Transgressors/Breakers of the natural order

Centaurs and Amazons/Races of fabulous beings

Transformations/Myths of metamorphosis; Orpheus

Rome, Dr. Mary Beard

Gods and Goddesses/The borrowed pantheon; household gods and civic virtues

The Foundation of Rome/The destiny of Aeneas the Trojan

Romulus and the Kings of Rome/The she-wolf and the myths of the past

The Celtic World, Dr. John MacInnes

The Celtic Pantheon/A miscellany of gods

fs20Myths and Gods of Ireland/The Mythological Cycle

The Hero of Ulster/Tales of Cu Chulainn

Finn and His Warriors/The Fenian myths

Goddesses/Motherhood, war and sovereignty

Otherworldly Voyages/Conla, Mael Duin and Bran

Stories of Wales/The "Mabinogion"

The Arthurian Legend/Arthur and his knights

Northern Europe, Dr. Hilda Ellis Davidson

Early and Lost Gods/Fragments of Northern myth

Cosmology in the Viking Age/The World Tree and its realms

Loki and Rognarok/The trickster, the wolf and the last great battle

Odin/Ruler of Asgard

Thor/The thunder god

Freyr and the Vanir/Gods of sky, land and water

Goddesses and Female Spirits/Freyja, Golden Apples, Valkyries and Norns

The Dragon-Slayers/Beowulf and Sigurd

Central Eastern Europe, Dr. Faith Wigzell

The Other World/The trice tenth kingdom

The Baba Iaga and the Amazons/Female creatures of folk tale

Ancestors and Hearth Spirits/Ivan the Fool and the domovoi

Spirit Souls of the Departed/The rusalka, vila and other visitors

Malevolent Spirits/Forest creatures, werewolves and vampires

The Arctic Regions, Dr. David Riches and Dr. Piers Vitebsky

Myths of the Inuit/Spirits of sea and sky

Myths of Siberia/Animals, trees and shamans

North America, Dr. Guy Cooper

Creation Myths/Great Spirit and Earth Diver

The Origins of Humanity/The first human ancestors

Gods and Heroes/Shapers and controllers of the world

Shamans/Vision quests and guardian spirits

Tricksters/Entertainers and mischief-makers

Navajo Myths/Curing ceremonies and Coyote tales

Myths of the Plains/Wakan Tanka and the sacred pipe

Animal Myths/The relatives of humankind

Mesoamerica, Dr. Nicholas J. Saunders

The Old Gods/The jaguar and the fire deity

Creations and Cataclysms/The myth of the suns

Tezcatlipoca/Lord of the Smoking Mirror

Quetzalcoatl/The feathered serpent

Huitzilopochtli/God of sun and war

Tlaloc and Fertility/Aztec gods of rain and corn

Gods of the Sacred Calendar/Sacred and solar cycles

Gods of the Mays/The three-layered cosmos

South America, Dr. Nicholas J. Saunders

Ancient Religions/Spirits, sacrifice and sacred journeys

Myths of the Andes/The Incas and their predecessors

The Inca Pantheon/Viracocha, inti, Mama Kilya and Ilyap'a

The Sacred Skies/Animal constellations and sacred lines

Spirit Worlds/The universe transformed

The Ancestral Forest/Origin myths of the forest peoples

Africa, Dr. Roy Willis

Origins of the World/Africa's creation myths

The Upside-Down World/The realms of the living and the dead

Death and Sex/The loss of immortality

Myths of Kingship/The divine lineage of earthly rulers

Tower Myths/The folly of human presumptuousness

Eshu The Trickster/Cunning mediator between heaven and earth

Animal Myths/Tricksters, inventors and transformers

Australia, Professor Robert Layton

The Big Flood/Myths of origin

Death and Mourning/The origins of mortality

The Origins of Marriage/Eaglehawk and Crow; Wodoy and Djunggun

Tricksters/The ancestral order disrupted

Shaping the Landscape/Myths of ancestral wanderings

Oceania, Dr. James Weiner

Myths of Origin/Creator gods and culture heroes

Myths of the Sky/Human and heavenly realms

Food and fertility/Sex and the origins of horticulture

Myths of the Maori/Rangi, Papa and the Polynesian pantheon

Ku and Lono/The Hawaiian ritual cycle

Maui/Oceania's trickster hero

Cargo Cults/The European impact

Myth and Magic/Living myth on Goodenough Island

Southeast Asia, Dr. Ing-Britt Trankell and Dr. Roy Willis

Myths of Origin/The creation of the world and humanity

Humans, Gods and Spirits/The origins of civilization

Encounters With Magic/Barbarians, demons and witches

The Giver of Life/Myths about rice

For Further Reading

Photo Credits

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780805049138
Foreword:
Walter, Robert
Author:
Walter, Robert
Author:
Willis, Roy
Author:
Roy Willis, Ph.D.
Author:
Willis, Roy G.
Author:
Willis, Roy , Ph.D.
Publisher:
Holt Paperbacks
Location:
London
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literature
Subject:
Folklore & Mythology - Mythology
Subject:
Mythology
Subject:
General Reference
Edition Number:
1st Owl Book ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series:
Henry Holt Reference Book
Series Volume:
no. 609
Publication Date:
19961015
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
11.00 x 8.50 in

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