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The World of Myth

Third Edition

David A. Leeming

Publication Date - July 2018

ISBN: 9780190900137

352 pages
Paperback
6 x 9 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $34.99

The best-selling anthology of world mythology, updated and revised in a new edition

Description

Building on the best-selling tradition of previous editions, The World of Myth, Third 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 provides a sweeping anthology of myths, ranging 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; and myths of the mother goddess from Native American Hopi culture and James Lovelock's Gaia. Leeming has culled myths from Aztec, Greek, African, Australian Aboriginal, Caribbean, Japanese, Muslim, Hittite, Celtic, Chinese, and Persian cultures, offering one of the most wide-ranging collections of what he calls the "collective dreams of humanity".

New to this Edition

  • Twenty-three new myths from Polynesia, Africa, Australia, India, Japan, the Caribbean, Central Asia, South America, Italy, China, Greece, Iran, England, Israel, Ireland, Mesopotamia, and France
  • Each chapter introduction now ends with "Questions to Consider"
  • Glossary terms are boldfaced the first time they occur in the text

Features

  • A genuinely global collection that stresses the universality of the human endeavor to understand reality
  • Presents a comprehensive and truly broad perspective on mythology and culture
  • Uses a comparative cross-cultural dimension to enrich students' perspectives on global themes in mythology
  • Affordable price allows the book to be assigned with other types of course material without breaking students' budgets

About the Author(s)

David Leeming is Emeritus Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Connecticut. He is the author or editor of numerous books on world mythology, including The Oxford Companion to World Mythology (2005).

Reviews

"Leeming offers an amazing and extensive collection of mythology from around the world. This text will help students to understand the common themes and symbols used in myths, and also prepare them to become world citizens. There is no better exercise in critical thinking than to read another culture's mythology and compare it to one's own (or another culture's). If Joseph Campbell is correct when he says that 'We think mythically,' then Leeming's text excels at teaching its readers how to communicate with a diverse world."--Justin Stone, Valencia State College

"The diversity of examples brought to each topic is wonderful. Including not only mythic but also scientific approaches to issues ranging from creation to the end of the world makes The World of Myth a delicious tasting plate of worldviews."--David Fletcher, Kendall College of Art and Design

"As a lifelong aficionado of mythology, I am very impressed with how The World of Myth is comprehensive, compelling, and easy to read. As an English professor of world literature, Leeming contextualizes mythology in such a way that my students will not have a problem understanding how myths are still relevant to today's various world cultures."--Devona Mallory, Albany State University

"One of the best things about this text is that it is not focused exclusively on ancient Greek, Roman, and Near Eastern myths. Its inclusion of Native North/South/Central American and Asian myths makes it especially compelling for a course that is truly intended to be a global exploration of ancient myth."--Sara Craft, Florida State University

Table of Contents

    *=New to this Edition
    INTRODUCTION: The Dimensions of Myth
    Select Bibliography
    PART ONE. COSMIC MYTHS
    The Creation
    EGYPT: Ex Nihilo Beginnings
    * POLYNESIA (Maori): The Separation of the World Parents
    MESOPOTAMIA: 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
    * AFRICA (MALI): The Dogon Nummo Twins
    GREECE: Hesiod's Theogony
    ICELAND (NORSE): The World Parent of the Eddas
    NATIVE NORTH AMERICA (ONONDAGAN): Star Woman and Earth Divers
    MESO-AMERICA (AZTEC-MEXICA): Coatlicue the World Mother
    AFRICA (BOSHONGO-BANTU): Bumba's Creation
    * AUSTRALIA (ABORIGINE): The Djanggawuls
    NATIVE NORTH AMERICA (ACOMA): Goddesses and the Emergence
    DARWIN: Origins
    MODERN PHYSICS: The Big Bang
    Bibliography
    The Flood
    MESOPOTAMIA (SUMER-BABYLON): Utnapishtim (Ziusudra)
    ISRAEL: Noah
    IRAN (ZOROASTRIAN): Yima
    EGYPT: Hathor, Blood, and Beer
    CHINA: Y:u
    INDIA: Manu
    GREECE-ROME: Deucalion and Pyrrha
    MESO-AMERICA (MAYAN): The Popol-Vuh
    SOUTH AMERICA (INCAN): Viracocha and the Giants
    * MODERN SCIENCE: Climate Change and Rising Waters
    Bibliography
    The Apocalypse
    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): Ragnar:ok
    MODERN PHYSICS: Entropy and Heat Death
    Bibliography
    PART TWO. MYTHS OF THE GODS
    The Pantheons
    MESOPOTAMIA (SUMER): Gods of the Elements
    EGYPT
    INDIA: The Trimurti
    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
    * JAPAN: The Kami
    Bibliography
    The God as Archetype
    The Supreme Being
    INDIA: Krishna-Vishnu as Brahman
    ISRAEL: Yahweh
    NATIVE SOUTH AMERICA (UITOTO): Nainema
    AFRICA (BUSHMAN): Mantis
    * CARRIBEAN VOODOO: Bondye
    NATIVE NORTH AMERICA (CHEROKEE): Sun Goddess
    JAPAN: Amaterasu
    * CENTRAL ASIA: Tengri and Others
    MODERN SCIENCE: Immanent Mind
    The Great Goddess
    IRELAND AND WALES: Danu-Don
    * AUSTRALIA (ABORIGINE): Kunapipi
    NATIVE NORTH AMERICA (INUIT): Sedna
    NATIVE NORTH AMERICA (LAKOTA SIOUX): White Buffalo Woman
    MEXICO: Our Lady of Guadaloupe
    * NATIVE SOUTH AMERICA (INCA): Pachamama
    * INDIA: Devi
    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 AMERICAN (PENOBSCOT): Corn Mother
    * AFRICA (MALOZI): Nyambe
    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
    * CENTRAL ASIAN: Erlik
    * POLYNESIA (Maori): Maui
    AFRICA (FON): Legba
    Bibliography
    Gods, Goddesses, and Lesser Spirits
    Greece and Rome
    Prometheus, Pandora, Narcissus, Ganymede, Hyacinth, Tiresias, Echo, Narcissus, Hyacinth, the Eumenides, Zeus and Europa, * Romulus and Remus
    Non-Greco-Roman
    Mithras, Izanami and Izanagi, Pele and Hiiaka', Indra, * Guanyin (Kannon)
    Bibliography
    PART THREE. HERO MYTHS
    NATIVE NORTH AMERICA (TEWA): Water Jar Boy
    GREECE: Theseus
    GREECE: Herakles (Hercules) and the Twelve Labors
    * GREECE: Perseus and Medusa
    INDIA: The Buddha
    IRELAND: Cuchulainn
    * IRELAND: Fionn
    GREECE: Antigone
    EUROPE: King Arthur
    EUROPE: Parcival and the Holy Grail
    GREECE: Jason and the Golden Fleece
    ROME: Aeneas
    ARABIA: Muhammad and the Night Journey
    AFRICA (KIKUYU): Wanjiru
    * AFRICA (NYANGA): Mwindo
    INDONESIA (CERAM): Hainuwele
    INDIA: Rama and Sita
    INDIA: Draupadi
    MESOPOTAMIA: Gilgamesh
    GREECE AND ROME: Orpheus and Eurydice
    GREECE: Odysseus
    ISRAEL: Jesus
    * IRAN: Zoroaster
    MESO-AMERICA (TOLTEC/AZTEC): Quetzalcoatl
    EUROPE: Mary
    GREECE: Alcestis
    * ENGLAND: Beowulf
    Bibliography
    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
    * ISRAEL: Mount Sinai
    THE CITY
    GREECE AND ROME: Troy
    ISRAEL-PALESTINE: Jerusalem
    GREECE: Delphi
    The Genitals
    GREECE: Tiresias
    NATIVE NORTH AMERICA (APACHE): The Vagina Girls
    THE STONE
    ASIA MINOR (PHRYGIA): The Agdos Rock
    AUSTRALIA (ABORIGINE): Erathipa
    * IRELAND: The Giant's Causeway
    THE TREE
    INDIA: The Cosmic Tree
    CHINA: Fusang
    ICELAND (NORSE): Yggdrasil
    THE GARDEN, THE GROVE, AND THE CAVE
    * MESOPOTAMIA: Inanna's Garden
    ARABIA: Muhammad's Cave
    The Labyrinth
    GREECE: Daedalus and Icarus
    * FRANCE: The Labyrinth at Chartres Cathedral
    Bibliography
    Glossary
    Index