Titles About Legend and Myth
This title launched an extraordinary resurgence of interest in Joseph Campbell and his work. A preeminent scholar, writer, and teacher, Joseph Campbell has had a profound influence on millions of people — including Star Wars creator George Lucas. To Campbell, mythology was the “song of the universe, the music of the spheres.” This extraordinary title reveals how the themes and symbols of ancient narratives continue to bring meaning to birth, death, love, and war. From stories of the gods and goddesses of ancient Greece and Rome to traditions of Buddhism, Hinduism and Christianity, a broad array of themes are considered that together identify the universality of human experience across time and culture.
A comprehensive collection, including original illustrations. Excerpt: “In the days of the first grandfather, when the earth was young, the Indian, armed only with stone knife, stone hatchet, and bows and arrows, found himself confronted with the work of Some One far greater and stronger than himself. This Power, or Powers, for there came to be many of them, had uplifted snowy mountain peaks, had cut deep canons through the solid rock, had carved out mountain passes, and had blocked the passage of mighty rivers by great rocks and bowlders. These Powers were strong and brutal. They had enormous strength and men of only human size were their prey, as helpless as ‘flybug’ under the heel of the Indian. Tatoosh, the Thunder Bird who lived in the sky, was one of these Powers. He shook the mountains with the flapping of his wings. The flashing of his eye was the lightning. He caught great whales instead of salmon for food.”
A Remarkable Work By King David Kalakaua, who lived from 1836 to 1890: It combines many traditional Hawaiian legends with stories about historical incidents, such as the death of Captain James Cook at the hands of Hawaiians in 1779 and the destruction of Hawaiian temples in 1819. King Kalakaua ruled his subjects with sympathy and understanding and had a deep respect for their traditional knowledge. he was initiator of a general renaissance of Hawaiian culture that has continued to this day. No other collection of Hawaii’s myths has come so directly from a literate Hawaiian.
Origins: including ‘The Story of the Creation’, ‘The Coming of Mankind’, ‘The Confusion of Tongues’; Animal Myths including ‘The Flood and its Results’, ‘Why Frogs jump into the Water’, ‘The Porcupine and the Mountain Devil’; Religion including ‘The Belief in a Great Spirit’, ‘The Land of Perfection’, ‘Witchcraft’; Social including ‘Marriage Customs’, ‘Hunting’, ‘Fishing’; Personal Myths including ‘The Origin of the Pleiades’
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