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A dictionary of world mythology

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Published by Oxford University Press in Oxford [Oxfordshire] .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • Mythology -- Dictionaries.

  • Edition Notes

    Statementby Arthur Cotterell.
    Classifications
    LC ClassificationsBL303 .C66 1986
    The Physical Object
    Paginationp. cm.
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL2538009M
    ISBN 100192177478
    LC Control Number85018941

    The Norse gods Thor and Loki are major Hollywood hunks, Neil Gaiman's American Gods is coming to television, and it seems like it's far more socially acceptable to talk about Minotaurs and dragons than ever before. Western theories were also partly driven by Europeans' efforts to comprehend and control the cultures, stories and religions they were encountering through colonialism. Good powers, fewer and less active, headed by the Ancient of Heaven, don't need much attention. To survey myths in a dictionary-plane seemed like a hazardous editorial feat. These approaches contrast with approaches such as those of Joseph Campbell and Eliade that hold that myth has some type of essential connection to ultimate sacred meanings that transcend cultural specifics.

    Neil Gaiman's writing frequently weaves together ancient myths and modern culture, but American Gods is the most upfront about it. I would recommend it to anyone wanting to know more about the Greek Myths. Meanwhile, humans continue practicing formerly magical rituals through force of habit, reinterpreting them as reenactments of mythical events. It is commonly thought that the ancient audience members were already familiar with the mythos behind a play, and could predict the outcome of the play. Elements of them also survive in a few of the poems in the Poetic Edda 6 above and the medieval German Das Nibelungenlied.

    But perhaps the biggest draw of The Complete World of Greek Mythology for most people will be its illustrations, including in color, which adorn practically every page of the book. According to these thinkers, the ancients worshiped natural phenomena, such as fire and air, gradually deifying them. This notion of striking disclosure, as expressed here in the doctrine of a Greco-Roman mystery religion, can well stand as a description of the supreme quality of myth. They provide answers to the mysteries of being and becoming, mysteries which, as mysteries, are hidden, yet mysteries which are revealed through story and ritual. In present use, mythology usually refers to the collected myths of a group of people, but may also mean the study of such myths.


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A dictionary of world mythology book

Ask a question Preface This book is the result of present-day flight into the Mythosphere which envelops the globe. Which ones are most deserving of your hard-earned money? Moreover, in a mere dictionary, howsoever large or small, one finds de-sired information only if and when he knows the name-word to look for.

According to the philosopher Plato c. For some, the wondrous tales and their larger-than-life characters make for great literature. Hamilton masterfully retells all of the major myths of the Greeks, and gives overviews of all of their main deities and heroes. Contrary to popular myth, no monster lives in this lake.

The section on the authors is fascinating. As Platonism developed in the phases commonly called Middle Platonism and neoplatonismwriters such as PlutarchPorphyryProclusOlympiodorus, and Damascius wrote explicitly about the symbolic interpretation of traditional and Orphic myths.

Great libraries contain many-volumed sets of scholarly books on mythology and scores of valuable volumes by specialists concerned with particular nations and cults.

The fight is ultimately over Helen, a daughter of Zeus and one of the most beautiful women to ever walk the earth, who is abducted by one of the Trojans. The stories upon which this saga is based date from the early centuries AD and were common throughout the Germanic world.

These pictures range from artifacts from ancient Greece to photos of Greek landscapes to classic paintings of scenes from Greek mythology.

Finnish folklorist Lauri Honko offers a widely cited definition: Myth, a story of the gods, a religious account of the beginning of the worldthe creationfundamental events, the exemplary deeds of the gods as a result of which the world, nature and culture were created together with all parts thereof and given their order, which still obtains.

Because myth is sometimes used in a pejorative sense, some scholars have opted to use the term mythos instead. As the title implies, its strength lies in its visual impact; every other page is a stunning, full-size photograph of a related site or artifact. I definitely recommend!

According to Tylor, human thought evolved through stages, starting with mythological ideas and gradually progressing to scientific ideas. Legendary heroes appear together with their adversaries to set each myth in context, as do gods and goddesses of the underworld and mythical beasts.

Each section contains an introduction highlighting the history, lifestyle, and ideology of the particular ancient civilizations, as well as the landscape in which they lived and the reasons why different mythologies arose in different lands.

Check it out for yourself and see if you agree. In one of his works, Merope attempts to kill her son's murderer with an axe, unaware that the man in question is actually her son.

The upside, is that the art is visually stunning to look at. Most of us know The Odyssey, and how Odysseus bummed around and made himself ten years late for dinner.Get this from a library!

A dictionary of world mythology. [Arthur Cotterell] -- Highlights the chief myths of the world in seven main sections--West Asia, South and. Jun 16,  · Buy A Dictionary of World Mythology (Oxford Quick Reference) 2Rev Ed by Arthur Cotterell (ISBN: ) from Amazon's Book Store.

Everyday low /5(3). Written by a leading scholar of ancient civilizations, A Dictionary of World Mythology presents the powerful gods of Greece, Rome, and Scandinavia, the more mystical deities of Buddhist and Hindu India, and the stern spirits of the African and American continents together in one fascinating volume/5(84).

A Dictionary of World Mythology. Arthur Cotterell. Book Club Associates, - Mythologie - Dictionnaires anglais - pages. 0 Reviews. Preview this book. Written by a leading scholar of ancient civilizations, Oxford Dictionary of World Mythology presents the powerful gods of Greece, Rome, and Scandinavia, the more mystical deities of Buddhist and Hindu India, and the stern spirits of the African and American continents.

Drawing upon hundreds of myths from around the globe, it not only reveals.

Dictionary of Mythology: A Fascinating Guide to Gods, Demigods, Quests, and Legends

Written by a leading scholar of ancient civilizations, A Dictionary of World Mythology presents the powerful gods of Greece, Rome, and Scandinavia, the more mystical deities of Buddhist and Hindu India, and the stern spirits of the African and American continents together in one fascinating volume.