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The Oxford Companion to World Mythology

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In The Oxford Companion to World Mythology, David Leeming explores the role of mythology in history, revealing how the dreams of specific cultures add up to the larger collective story of humanity.

Appealingly illustrated with nearly one hundred black-and-white halftones and eight full-color plates, the Companion provides thousands of alphabetically arranged entries covering all aspects of mythology. Leeming includes substantial essays on the world's major mythological traditions (Greek, Roman, Native American, Indian, Japanese, Sumerian, Egyptian), on mythological types and motifs (Descent to the Underworld, the Hero, the Trickster, Creation, the Quest), on mythological figures (Odysseus, Zeus, Osiris, Spider Woman, and Inanna), and on numerous related subjects such as fairly tales and legends. The Companion also locates myth in our lives today, relating it to psychology, religion, science, politics, art, and much more. Many of the better-known and more significant myths are vividly retold in this volume, ranging from epic works such as the Odyssey and Mabinogion (a major source of Welsh mythology) to the brief Native American tale of The Water Pot Boy. Following the entries, a rich section of appendices contains family trees of the major pantheons, equivalency charts for the gods of Greece, Rome, Babylon, Sumer, and other traditions, an extensive bibliography, and an index.

From King Arthur and the Round Table to Jonah and the Whale, from the wicked and destructive Norse trickster Loki to the great mother goddess of Chinese mythology Nuwa, here is a comprehensive and thoughtful look at mythology around the world.

Synopsis:

In The Oxford Companion to World Mythology, David Leeming explores the role of mythology in history, revealing how the dreams of specific cultures add up to the larger collective story of humanity.

Appealingly illustrated with nearly one hundred black-and-white halftones, the Companion provides thousands of alphabetically arranged entries covering all aspects of mythology including areas traditionally ignored by mythologists such as Polynesia, Africa, Native North America, Australia, and more. Leeming includes substantial essays on the worlds major mythological traditions, on mythological types and motifs, on mythological figures, and on numerous related subjects such as fairly tales and legends. The Companion also locates myth in our lives today, relating it to psychology, religion, science, politics, art, and much more.

From King Arthur and the Round Table to Jonah and the Whale, from the wicked and destructive Norse trickster Loki to the great mother goddess of Chinese mythology Nuwa, here is a comprehensive and thoughtful look at mythology around the world.

About the Author

David Leeming is Emeritus Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Connecticut. His many books include Myths, Legends, and Folktales of America, with Jake Page, A Dictionary of Asian Mythology and Myth: A Biography of Belief. He lives in Riverdale, New York.

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ISBN:
9780195387087
Author:
Leeming, David
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
null, David
Subject:
Folklore & Mythology - Mythology
Subject:
Word Lists
Subject:
Reference
Subject:
Folklore & Mythology
Subject:
Mythology
Subject:
Mythology-General
Subject:
Mythology-Folklore and Storytelling
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Oxford Companion To...
Publication Date:
20090231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
75 b/w
Pages:
512
Dimensions:
6 x 9.2 x 1.4 in 1.6 lb

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"Synopsis" by , In The Oxford Companion to World Mythology, David Leeming explores the role of mythology in history, revealing how the dreams of specific cultures add up to the larger collective story of humanity.

Appealingly illustrated with nearly one hundred black-and-white halftones, the Companion provides thousands of alphabetically arranged entries covering all aspects of mythology including areas traditionally ignored by mythologists such as Polynesia, Africa, Native North America, Australia, and more. Leeming includes substantial essays on the worlds major mythological traditions, on mythological types and motifs, on mythological figures, and on numerous related subjects such as fairly tales and legends. The Companion also locates myth in our lives today, relating it to psychology, religion, science, politics, art, and much more.

From King Arthur and the Round Table to Jonah and the Whale, from the wicked and destructive Norse trickster Loki to the great mother goddess of Chinese mythology Nuwa, here is a comprehensive and thoughtful look at mythology around the world.

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