Mind, Body & Spirit Mythology Books

The Myths We Live By

Mary Midgley argues in her powerful new book that far from being the opposite of science, myth is a central part of it. In brilliant prose, she claims that myths are neither lies nor mere stories but a network of powerful symbols that suggest particular ways of interpreting the world.

Fairy and Folk Tales of the Irish Peasantry

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Irish Wonders The Ghosts, Giants, Pooka, Demons, Leprechawns, Banshees, Fairies, Witches, Widows, Old Maids, and other Marvels of the Emerald Isle

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The Medieval Saga

Written in the thirteenth century, the Icelandic prose sagas, chronicling the lives of kings and commoners, give a dramatic account of the first century after the settlement of Iceland—the period from about 930 to 1050. To some extent these elaborate tales are written versions of traditional sagas passed down by word of mouth. How did they become the long and polished literary works that are still read today?The evolution of the written sagas is commonly regarded as an anomalous phenomenon, distinct from contemporary developments in European literature. In this groundbreaking study, Carol J. Clover challenges this view and relates the rise of imaginative prose in Iceland directly to the rise of imaginative prose on the Continent. Analyzing the narrative structure and composition of the sagas and comparing them with other medieval works, Clover shows that the Icelandic authors, using Continental models, owe the prose form of their writings, as well as some basic narrative strategies, to Latin historiography and to French romance.

The French Revolution

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Cornwall's Wonderland

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Tales of Old Japan

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The Book of Were-Wolves

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Russian Fairy Tales A Choice Collection of Muscovite Folk-lore

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The Indian Fairy Book From the Original Legends

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Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte

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Vikram and the Vampire; Classic Hindu Tales of Adventure, Magic, and Romance

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The Science of Fairy Tales An Inquiry into Fairy Mythology

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The Story of Burnt Njal

The Story of Burnt Njal is a thirteenth-century Icelandic saga that describes events between 960 and 1020. The saga deals with a process of blood feuds in the Icelandic Commonwealth, showing how the requirements of honor could lead to minor slights spiraling into destructive and prolonged bloodshed. Insults where a character's manhood is called into question are especially prominent and may reflect an author critical of an overly restrictive ideal of masculinity. Another characteristic of the narrative is the presence of omens and prophetic dreams. It is disputed whether this reflects a fatalistic outlook on the part of the author. The principal characters in the saga are the friends Njáll Þorgeirsson, a lawyer and a sage, and Gunnar Hámundarson, a formidable warrior. Gunnar's wife instigates a feud that leads to the death of many characters over several decades including the killing by fire of the eponymous "Burnt Njáll".

Voyage of the Liberdade: A Journey from Brazil to America in a Hand-built Boat

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Initiation into the Mysteries of the Ancient World (MA 1/4 nchner Vorlesungen zu Antiken Welten Book 1)

This book explores ancient mystery cults and their influence on emerging Christianity. The author discusses the famous Eleusian Mysteries as well as smaller and lesser-known Greek and Roman mysteries, offering an indispensable in-depth analysis of this fascinating phenomenon.