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The Mythic Journey: The Meaning of Myth as a Guide for Life

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Greek gods, Norse heroes, Polynesian tricksters, and Native American warriors — they all have lessons to teach us.

Since the beginning of time, human beings have relied on myths, fairy tales, and fables to explain life's mysteries and to elucidate human nature. Bringing a fresh perspective to these age-old tales, Liz Greene and Juliet Sharman-Burke reveal how modern audiences on their own life journeys can find comfort and support in the legends and lore of the past.

The Mythic Journey explores the psychological themes of many mythical traditions, recounting stories from Greco-Roman, Hebraic, Egyptian, Celtic, Norse, and various Eastern civilizations. More than fifty myths are beautifully retold, and each is followed by a psychological overview explaining the application the story can have in our own lives. The tales are further brought to life with striking artwork by Peter Paul Rubens, Gustav Klimt, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, William Blake, and many more artists who found inspiration in these stories.

The Mythic Journey is a handbook to human life, guiding readers from the conflicts of family and childhood, through problems of love, intimacy, and ambition, and ultimately to the point when we must face our own mortality. We discover that true self-knowledge comes through facing life's challenges with courage and strength; that beauty, talent, power, and wealth bring their own forms of suffering; and that in the darkness of loneliness, failure, and loss, we have always discovered new light and new hope.

Synopsis:

"The Mythic Journey" extends the tradition of myths, weaving ancient tales into a chronicle of the human experience, including growing up in a family; falling in love; dealing with money, position, and power as adults; and facing mortality. Full-color illustrations.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 284) and index.

About the Author

Liz Greene is the author of nineteen books, including the highly successful The Mythic Tarot. Her books have been translated into ten languages, and she gives seminars, workshops, and lectures throughout Europe and the United States. She currently lives in Zurich.

Table of Contents

CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION

PART I

IN THE BEGINNING

Chapter One

PARENTS AND CHILDREN

Thetis and Achilles

Hera and Hephaistos

Orion and Oenopion

Theseus and Hippolytus

Osiris, Isis and Horus

The Story of Poia

Chapter Two

SIBLINGS

Cain and Abel

Ares and Hephaistos

Romulus and Remus

Antigone

Chapter Three

THE FAMILY INHERITANCE

The Children of the Wind

The House of Thebes

The House of Atreus

PART II

BECOMING AN INDIVIDUAL

Chapter One

LEAVING HOME

Adam and Eve

The Buddha's Departure

Peredur the Son of Evrawc

Chapter Two

FIGHTING FOR AUTONOMY

Siegfried

The Fair Unknown

Gilgamesh and the Tree of Life

Chapter Three

THE QUEST FOR MEANING

Vainamoinen and the Talisman

Parsifal and the Grail

Perseus

PART III

LOVE AND RELATIONSHIPS

Chapter One

PASSION AND REJECTION

Echo and Narcissus

Cybele and Attis

Samson and Delilah

The Enchantment of Merlin

Chapter Two

THE ETERNAL TRIANGLE

The Marriage of Zeus and Hera

Arthur and Guinevere

Chapter Three

MARRIAGE

Gerda and Frey

Nyneve's Transformation

Alcestis and Admetus

Odysseus and Penelope

PART IV

POSITION AND POWER

Chapter One

FINDING A VOCATION

Lugh

A Myth of Two Brothers

Phaand#235;thon and the Sun-chariot

Chapter Two

GREED AND AMBITION

Arachne

The Ring of Polycrates

King Midas

The Corruption of Andvari

Chapter Three

RESPONSIBILITY

King Minos and the Bull

King Arthur's Peacetime Army

The Judgement of Solomon

PART V

RITES OF PASSAGE

Chapter One

SEPARATION, LOSS AND SUFFERING

Job's Trials

Orpheus and Eurydice

Chiron the Centaur

Chapter Two

THE SPIRITUAL QUEST

The Fortunes of Dr Faustus

The Buddha's Enlightenment

Parsifal

Chapter Three

THE FINAL JOURNEY

Maui and the Death Goddess

Er Among the Dead

Indra and the Parade of Ants

Bibliography and Further Reading

Index

Acknowledgements

Product Details

ISBN:
9780684869476
Subtitle:
The Meaning of Myth as a Guide for Life
With:
Sharman-Burke, Juliet
Author:
Greene, Liz
Author:
Sharman-Burke, Juliet
Publisher:
Fireside
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Psychology
Subject:
Folklore & Mythology - Mythology
Subject:
Conduct of life
Subject:
Myth
Subject:
General Self-Help
Subject:
General Body, Mind and Spirit
Edition Number:
Eddison-Sadd ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
105-300
Publication Date:
20000316
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9.22x6.21x.74 in. 1.60 lbs.

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