Thematic Guide to World Mythology (Google eBook)

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2004 - Social Science - 244 pages
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Stookey (English, U. of Nevada-Reno) uses a comparative approach to explore patterns that recur in the mythologies of a wide range of cultural traditions outside the major religions. She juxtaposes multiple examples of each of 30 motifs, often with an example narrative to demonstrate how they play o
  

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Covering all the themes of multicultural mythologies in one volume would seem a daunting task, but Stookey (English, Univ. of Nevada, Reno) does make a valiant attempt. She tackles themes traditional ... Read full review

Contents

The Afterlife
1
Animals in Myth
7
The Apocalypse
17
Changing Ages
25
The Cosmic Egg
33
Creation Myths
39
Culture Heroes
45
Deluge Motif
53
Messengers
129
Monsters
133
Primal Parents
141
The Quest
147
The Rainbow
155
Sacred Mountains
161
Separation of Earth and Sky
167
Theomachy
173

Descent Motif
63
EarthDiver Motif
71
Emergence Motif
77
Etiological Myths
83
The Fall
91
Fertility Myths
97
Gods
103
Goddesses
113
Guardians of the Underworld
123
Tricksters
179
Twins Pairs and Doubles
189
The Underworld
197
The Word Tree
205
Ymir Motiff
213
Glossary
219
Additional Readings
225
Index
229
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About the author (2004)

LORENA STOOKEY is Assistant Professor in the English Department at the University of Nevada, Reno, where she teaches course in mythology, poetry, and literature. She is the author of Louise Erdrich: A Critical Companion (Greenwood 1999).

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