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The Universal Myths: Heroes, Gods, Tricksters, and Others

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Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [283]-287) and index.

About the Author

Joseph Campbell was interested in mythology since his childhood in New York, when he read books about American Indians, frequently visited the American Museum of Natural History, and was fascinated by the museum's collection of totem poles. He earned his B.A. and M.A. degrees at Columbia in 1925 and 1927 and went on to study medieval French and Sanskrit at the universities of Paris and Munich. After a period in California, where he encountered John Steinbeck and the biologist Ed Ricketts, he taught at the Canterbury School, then, in 1934, joined the literature department at Sarah Lawrence College, a post he retained for many years. During the 1940s and '50s, he helped Swami Nikhilananda to translate the Upanishads and The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna. The many books by Professor Campbell include The Hero with a Thousand Faces, Myths to Live By, The Flight of the Wild Gander, and The Mythic Image. He edited The Portable Arabian Nights, The Portable Jung, and other works. He died in 1987.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Mythosphere

Creators of Nature and Mankind

Creator Gods

Animals and Creation

The First Couple

The Great Mother

The Greek Gods from Chaos to Zeus

Cosmology

The Structure of the Universe

Mythic Cosmograms

Creation Myths

The Birth of Man

Worlds Above Below and Within

The Light

The Sun

The Way of the Great Light

Sun Worship and Sun Dance

The World and Stars

Heaven and Earth

The Bridge of Heaven

Thunder and Lightning

Demons and Spirits

Yggdrasil

World Tree, Tree of Life, and Tree of Knowledge

The World Mountain

Towers to Heaven

Paradise

The Reaches of Heaven and the Depths of Hell

Bringers of Magic and the Arts

Bringers of Wisdom

Fire - a Gift of the Gods

The Divine Blacksmith

The Healers

Hermes

Shamans: Magicians and Priests

Witches: Disciples of the Devil

Teachers and Leaders

Protectors of the Herd

The Rainmakers

The Fertile Earth

Gods of the Hunt

Fisher Gods

Maui

Animals Monsters and Mythic Beasts

Mythic and Legendary Animals

Creators and Protectors of Animals

Deities of the Nile

Bull Cults

Holy Steeds

Animals in the Sky

Fabulous Creatures, Magic and Demonic

Emblems and Attributes of the Gods

Animals, Deities, and People

The Serpent

Symbols of the Seasons

The Dragon

Lovers and Bearers of Divine Seed

The Great Mother

The Goddess of Love, Aphrodite/Venus

Tragic Love

Orpheus and Eurydice

The White Cow

Miraculous Conceptions

Divine Birth

Mysterious Births of Gods and Heroes

The Goddess of Fertility

Heavenly and Earthly Couples

The God of Love

Krishna and the Marriage of Heaven and Earth

The Loves of Zeus

Compassionate Love

Tantra

Combat in Heaven and on Earth

Heroic Battles Against Monsters

The Labors of Heracles

Shen I, the Cosmic Archer

The Twilight of the Gods

Nordic Warrior Gods

Guardians of the East

The Battle of the Greek Gods

Thor and the Wild Hunt

Sigurd, the Nordic Hero

The Ramayana

Good and Evil

Gods of War

The Trojan War

Mythic Struggles in Defense of Divine Order

Distant Quests and Mortal Tests

Quests and Questers

Odysseus and His Journey

Heroes and Animals

The Round Table

The Holy Grail

Eternal Youth

Theseus, the Hero of Athens

The Benevolent Quest

The Feathered Serpent

The Dragon Slayer

Buddha and the Search for Enlightenment

The Persian Hero Rustam

The Nine Heroines and the Nine Heroes

Death and Rebirth

Realms of the Dead

The Journey to the Underworld

Messengers of Death

The Beyond

Hades, the Greek Underworld

The Tortures of Hell

Dwellers in the Paradise of Heaven

The Triumph of Death

The Last Judgment

The Journey to Paradise

Resurrection and Rebirth

Return from the Underworld

Nirvana

The Rebirth of Light and Life

Select Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780452010277
With:
Campbell, Joseph
With:
Eliade, Mircea
With:
Campbell, Joseph
Author:
Campbell, Joseph
Author:
Eliot, Alexander
Author:
Eliade, Mircea
Publisher:
Plume Books
Location:
New York, N.Y. :
Subject:
Literature
Subject:
Folklore & Mythology - Mythology
Subject:
Mythology and folklore
Subject:
Mythology
Subject:
Myth
Subject:
Folklore
Subject:
Mythology-General
Subject:
Mythology-Folklore and Storytelling
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Series Volume:
103-328
Publication Date:
19900231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.25x5.06x.65 in. .53 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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