Myth and Reality

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Waveland Press, Jun 22, 1998 - Social Science - 204 pages

An informative guide to the modern mythologies! This classic study, translated from the original French, deals primarily with societies around the world in which myth isor was until very recentlyliving, in the sense that it supplies models for human behavior and, by that very fact, gives meaning and value to life. The author believes that understanding the structure and function of myths in these traditional societies serves to clarify a stage in the history of human thought: myths reveal that the World, man, and life have a supernatural origin and history, and that this history is significant, precious, and exemplary.

 

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User Review  - SashaM - LibraryThing

Not what I was expecting. Very scholarly type writing but doesn't really break down the myths and compare them. Doesn't even look at major modern religious myths. Only wants to look at myths in tribes ... Read full review

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Eliade's work is so heavily unfounded and outdated, this book is interesting but the theories are so irrelevant and inaccurate.

Contents

The Structure of Myths
1
Magic and Prestige of Origins
21
Myths and Rites of Renewal
39
Eschatology and Cosmogony
54
Time Can Be Overcome
75
Mythology Ontology History
92
Mythologies of Memory and Forgetting
114
Greatness and Decadence of Myths
139
Survivals and Camouflages of Myths
162
Myths and Fairy Tales
195
Basic Bibliography
203
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