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Since its publication in 1991, The World of Myth has provided thousands of students with a fascinating, wide-ranging introduction to world mythology. Building on the bestselling tradition of the first edition, the long-awaited second edition offers a uniquely comprehensive collection of myths from numerous cultures around the globe. Featuring a thematic organization, it helps students understand world mythology as a metaphor for humanity's search for meaning in a complex world. Author David Leeming presents a sweeping variety of myths whose origins range from ancient Egypt and Greece to the Polynesian islands and modern science. Students will be captivated by stories of great floods from the ancient Babylonians, Hebrews, Chinese, and Mayans; tales of apocalypse from India, the Norse, Christianity, and modern science; myths of the mother goddess from Native American Hopi culture and James Lovelock's Gaia; and much more. One of the most wide-ranging anthologies available, this volume includes myths from African, Australian Aboriginal, Aztec, Celtic, Chinese, Greek, Hittite, Japanese, Muslim, and Persian cultures.
David Leeming is Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Connecticut in Storrs. He is the author of many books on mythology, including The Oxford Companion to World Mythology (2005).
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Dimensions of Myth Select Bibliography PART ONE. COSMIC MYTHS The Creation Egypt: Ex Nihilo Beginnings Mesopotamia (Babylon): Enuma Elish and the World Parent Israel: Genesis and the Talmudic Lilith India: The Sacred Words Iran (Persia): Aryan and Zoroastrian China: Cosmic Egg and Yin and Yang Greece: Hesiod's Theogony Iceland (Norse): The World Parent of the Eddas Meso-America (Aztec-Mexica): Coatlicue the World Mother Native North America (Onondagan): Star Woman and Earth Divers Africa (Boshongo-Bantu): Bumba's Creation Native North America (Acoma); Goddesses and the Emergence Darwin: Origins Modern Physics: The Big Bang The Flood Mesopotamia (Sumer-Babylon): Utnapishtim (Ziusudra) Israel: Noah Iran (Zoroastrian): Yima Egypt: Hathor, Blood and Beer China: Yü India: Manu Greece-Rome: Deucalion and Pyrrha Meso-America (Mayan): The Popol-Vuh South-America (Incan): Viracocha and the Giants The Apocalypse Israel: The Day of Yahweh Asia Minor (Christian): The Book of Revelation Iran (Zoroastrian): The Savior Saoshyant Arabia (Muslim): End of the World India: The End of the Kali Age Native North America (Hopi): Emergence to the Fifth World Iceland (Norse): Ragnarök Modern Physics: Entropy and Heat Death PART TWO. MYTHS OF THE GODS The Pantheons Mesopotamia (Sumer): Gods of the Elements Egypt India: The Triad Greece: Orginators and Olympians Rome: The Renamed Olympians Iceland (Norse): The Aesir and the Vanir Ireland and Wales: The Family of Don and the Tuatha de Danann The God as Archetype The Supreme Being India: Krishna-Vishnu as Brahman Israel: Yahweh Native South America (Uitoto): Nainema Africa (Bushman): Mantis Native North America (Cherokee): Sun Goddess Japan: Amaterasu Modern Science: Immanent Mind The Great Mother Ireland and Wales: Danu-Don Native North America (Inuit): Sedna North America (Lakota Sioux): White Buffalo Woman Mexico: Our Lady of Guadaloupe Modern Science: Gaia as Earth The Dying God Mesopotamia (Sumer): Inanna (Ishtar) Egypt: Osiris and Isis Greece and Rome: Adonis and Aphrodite Asia Minor (Phrygia): Attis Greece: Dionysos Iceland (Norse): Odin Native North America (Penobscot): Corn Mother The Trickster Mesopotamia (Sumer): Enki and the Me Greece: Hermes Steals the Cattle India: Krishna and the Gopis Iceland (Norse): Loki Native North America (Maida): Coyote Africa (Fon): Legba Gods, Goddesses, and Lesser Spirits Greece and Rome Non-Greek PART THREE. HERO MYTHS Native North America (Tewa): Water Jar Boy Greece: Theseus Greece: Herakles (Hercules) and the Twelve Labors India: The Buddha Ireland: Cuchulainn Greece: Antigone Europe: King Arthur Europe: Parcival and the Holy Grail Israel: Jonah Greece: Jason and the Golden Fleece Rome: Aeneas Arabia: Muhammad and the Night Journey Africa (Kikuyu): Wanjiru Indonesia (Ceram): Hainuwele India: Rama and Sita India: Draupadi Australia (Aboriginal): The Pleiades Mesopotamia: Gilgamesh Greece and Rome: Orpheus and Eurydice Greece: Odysseus Israel: Jesus Meso-America (Toltec/Aztec): Quetzalcoatl Europe: Mary Greece: Alcestis PART FOUR. PLACE AND OBJECT MYTHS The World of Afterlife Egypt: Osiris Greece and Rome: Lands of the Dead Native North America (Hopi): The Kachinas The Mountain India: Mount Meru The City Greece and Rome: Troy Israel-Palestine: Jerusalem Greece: Delphi The Temple Europe: The Chapel Perilous The Genitals Greece: Tiresias Native North American (Apache): The Vagina Girls The Stone Asia Minor (Phrygia): The Agdos Rock Australia (Aboriginal): Erathipa The Tree India: The Cosmic Tree China: Fusang Iceland (Norse): Yggdrasil The Garden, the Grove, and the Cave Arabia: Muhammad's Cave The Labyrinth Greece: Daedalus and Icarus Glossary Index