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9780345381460

Parallel Myths

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    9780345381460

  • ISBN10:

    0345381467

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1994-10-11
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books

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Summary

An entertaining and thought-provoking look at the common threads woven through the world's greatest myths -- and the central role they have played through time.

Author Biography

The author of Parallel Myths and The Book of Ages, J. F. Bierlein teaches in the Washington Semester and World Capitals Program at American University in Washington, and also works for a social sciences consulting firm. Multilingual, he is deeply interested in theology, existentialism, art, opera, and the study of classical Greek, Sanskrit, and Hebrew, as well as other languages. Professor Bierlein and his wife, Heather Diehl, live in northern Virginia.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface
An Introductionp. 3
What Is Myth?p. 3
Language and Mythp. 6
Time and Mythp. 11
History and Mythp. 17
The Civic Mythp. 19
Morality and Mythp. 21
The Sense of the Sacredp. 22
The Cast of Charactersp. 24
The Greek and Roman Pantheonp. 24
The Norse Pantheonp. 29
The Gods of Indiap. 30
The Egyptian Pantheonp. 32
The Hawaiian Pantheonp. 32
The Aztec Pantheonp. 33
Beginnings - The Creation Mythsp. 37
Creation Myths of Indiap. 37
The Creation Myth of Iranp. 41
The Norse Creation Mythp. 44
Greek Creation Mythsp. 46
Creation Myths of Africap. 48
Creation Myths of Egyptp. 51
The Creation Myth of Finlandp. 53
The Chinese Creation Mythp. 53
The Creation Myth of Japanp. 54
The Polynesian Creation Mythsp. 56
Creation Myths of the Americasp. 59
The Babylonian Creation Mythp. 71
The Biblical Creation Storiesp. 73
The Talmudic Creation Storyp. 76
"The Creation"p. 78
Some Notes on the Creation Mythsp. 80
The Earliest Timesp. 91
The Biblical Fallp. 91
The Talmudic Fallp. 95
The Story of Poia (Blackfoot Indian)p. 97
The Four Ages of Man (India)p. 100
The Five Ages of Man (Greece)p. 103
The Five Suns (Aztec)p. 104
The Five Worlds (Navajo)p. 105
North American Indian Myths of Emergencep. 108
Three Stories of Maui the Trickster (Polynesia)p. 111
Prometheus and Epimetheus (Greece)p. 114
The Origin of Medicine (Cherokee)p. 115
Murile and the Moonchief (Kenya)p. 117
The Human Race Is Saved (Iroquois)p. 118
The Flood Mythsp. 121
The Story of Noahp. 121
Manu and the Fish (India)p. 125
Utnapishtim (Babylonia)p. 125
The Flood Myth of Hawaiip. 126
Tata and Nena (Aztec)p. 127
Deucalion (Greece)p. 128
North American Flood Mythsp. 129
The Flood Myth of the Incasp. 133
The Flood Myth of Egyptp. 134
Tales of Lovep. 136
Greek and Roman Love Mythsp. 136
Two Peruvian Love Storiesp. 147
Angus Og (Scotland and Ireland)p. 151
Algon and the Sky-Girl (Algonquin Indian)p. 153
Morality Tales from the Mythsp. 155
Morality Tales from the Mahabharata (India)p. 156
Anansi the Spider (West Africa)p. 159
Greek Morality Talesp. 165
Four Parallel Storiesp. 171
The Story of Two Brothers (Blackfoot Indian)p. 171
The Story of Two Brothers (Egypt)p. 173
Bellerophon (Greece)p. 175
Joseph and Potiphar's Wife (Genesis 39)p. 176
Some Brief Myths of the Herop. 179
The Story of Siegfried (Norse/Germany)p. 179
Theseus (Greece)p. 185
Hiawatha Tarenyawagon (Iroquois)p. 191
The Myth of Sisyphus (Greece)p. 194
The Journey to the Underworld and the Path of Deathp. 200
Ishtar in the Underworld (Babylonia)p. 200
Marwe in the Underworld (Kenya)p. 203
Savitri (India)p. 205
Pare and Hutu (New Zealand)p. 209
Sayadio in the Land of the Dead (Iroquois)p. 210
The Spirit Bride (Algonquin)p. 211
Osiris and Isis (Egypt)p. 212
Blue Jay in the Land of the Dead (Chinook)p. 217
The Greek and Roman Afterlifep. 220
Peruvian Death Mythsp. 223
Socrates on the Greco-Roman Afterlifep. 224
Persian (Zoroastrian) Death Mythsp. 226
Nachiketas (India)p. 227
Jewish Death Mythp. 229
Tibetan Death Mythsp. 229
Baldur (Norse)p. 231
The Death of Moses (The Talmud)p. 233
The End - Visions of the Apocalypsep. 237
How Rudra Destroys the Universe (India)p. 237
The Persian Apocalyptic Mythp. 239
The Islamic Apocalyptic Mythp. 241
Maitreya (Tibet, Korea, Mongolia)p. 245
Ragnarok: The Twilight of the Gods (Norse)p. 246
North American Apocalyptic Mythsp. 248
The Old Testamentp. 249
The New Testamentp. 250
Views of Myth and Meaningp. 257
Parallel Myths and Ways of Interpreting Themp. 267
The Discovery of Parallel Mythsp. 267
Myth as a History of Prehistory: The Matriarchal Theoryp. 271
Transitional Thinking in the Interpretation of Mythp. 275
Psychological Theories of Parallelism in Mythp. 279
A Modern Nonpsychological Approach: Structuralismp. 296
Philosophical Perspectives on Mythp. 299
The "History of Religions" School of Mythp. 302
Myth - Yours, Mine, and Oursp. 304
Modern Questions of Faithp. 304
The Demythologization of Judeo-Christian Culturep. 314
The Legitimacy of the Supernaturalp. 325
Notesp. 327
Bibliographyp. 333
Indexp. 339
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