Myth: Key Concepts in Religion
By Robert Ellwood
Continuum, 2008

This textbook in the basics of myth-study surveys types of myth, academic theories of myth, and psychological approaches, such as Freudian and Jungian, to understanding myth today. Chapters include "Singing the World: Myths of Creation," "The Hero's Journey," "The End of Days and the Life Everlasting: Eschatological Myths, " and "Shadowside: Myths of Evil, the Trickster, and the Flood." If you have ever wondered what myths really are, as stories that tell important things about the universe and human life in narrative form, not in the common usage in which a myth just means a story that isn't true, this book may help. It encompasses ancient myths, like those of old Greece, India, or China, or of Isis and Osiris and King Arthur, and also contemporary epics from cinema, television, and the printed page, like Star Wars, Star Trek, and The Lord of the Rings, which have become virtually modern myths in the cultural sense. This volume may offer perspectives for making sense of such powerful stories and their worlds.

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