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American, African, and Old European mythologies

Author: Yves Bonnefoy
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, ©1993.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This comprehensive book of mythologies gathers eighty articles from distinguished scholars covering a fascinating variety of themes and topics. The articles offer illuminating examples of the working of myth in cultures past and present- how we create, use, and are guided by systems of myth to answer fundamental questions about ourselves and our world: Where do we come from? Who are we? How shall we live? What  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Encyclopedias
Nonfiction
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Yves Bonnefoy
ISBN: 0226064573 9780226064574
OCLC Number: 26973814
Notes: Translation of selections from: Dictionnaire des mythologies et des religions des sociétés traditionnelles et du monde antique.
Description: xxi, 274 pages : illustrations, maps ; 28 cm
Contents: Toward a definition of myth --
The interpretation of myths: nineteenth- and twentieth-century theories --
Myth and writing: the mythographers --
Prehistoric religion --
"Nomadic thought" and religious action --
The mythology of the Inuit of the central Arctic --
Native American myths and rituals of North America --
The creation of the world in native American mythology --
The sun dance among the native Americans: the revival of 1973 --
Mesoamerican religion --
Mesoamerican mythic and ritual order --
Mesoamerican creation myths --
Mesoamerican religious conceptions of space and time --
The sky: sun, moon, stars, and meteorological phenomena in Mesoamerican religions --
The earth in Mesoamerican religions --
Fire in Mesoamerican mythology --
The Mesoamerican image of the human person --
Cosmic disorder, illness, death, and magic in Mesoamerican traditions --
Myths and rituals of the South American Indians --
Indians of the South American forest --
Religions and cults of the societies of the Andes --
Religious thought and prophetism among the Tupi-Guarani Indians of South America: the land without evil --
Religions and mythologies of Oceania --
Papua New Guinea --
Forms of the symbolic function in the art and myth of Sub-Saharan Africa --
The mythology of the Mande and the choice of the Dogon as a subject of study --
Graphic signs and the seed of knowledge: the 266 basic signs in West Africa --
Twins, a dominant theme in West African mythologies --
The placenta in West African myths and rituals --
West African myths of circumcision --
West African myths of blacksmiths --
Myths and practices of sacrifice among the Dogon --
Masks in West African traditional societies --
Astronomy and calendars in West Africa --
Totemism and the institution of the Binu among the Dogon --
Yoruba myths and religion, and their Afro-American extensions --
The religion and myths of Bantu speakers --
Cosmogonies of Bantu-speaking societies --
Twins in Bantu-speaking societies --
Sacred kingship among the Bantu speakers of Zaire and southern Africa --
Sacred kingship among the Bantu speakers of the Great Lakes region --
Myths of cosmic and social harmony among the Dinka, Anuak, and Shilluk --
The mythology of the Kabyles of the Maghreb --
The Indo-Europeans --
The myths and narratives of the Celts of the islands --
The religion and myths of the continental Celts of Gaul --
The religions of the continental Celts of Spain, Great Britain, and the Danube --
Druid and poet: the Irish filidh and the Welsh bardd --
Mother goddesses and collective deities in the Celtic and Celto-Roman world --
Some religious aspects of Celtic art --
Unidentified figures of Celtic deities --
Gallo-Roman deities --
Celtic sacred monsters --
The mythic origins and successive populations of Ireland --
Myths of sovereignty from Wales (the Maginogi) --
Arthur and the Arthurian heroes in Wales --
Celtic "Apollos" --
Cernunnos, the god with the horns of a stag --
Cú Chulainn and Conchobar: the warrior hero in Irish mythology --
Epona --
Esus --
Fionn and the Fian --
Nehalennia --
Ogmios --
Ritona --
Rosmerta --
Sirona --
Smertrios --
Sucellus, the god with a hammer --
Taranis --
Tarvos trigaranus --
Teutates, Toutatis --
Elements of the sacred among the Germanic and Norse peoples --
Sacrifice in Germano-Norse paganism --
The Aesir and the Vanir --
Norse magic --
Heimdallr --
Loki --
Slavic myths, rites, and gods --
The kinship of Slavic and Norse mythologies: the problem of Perun-Perkun-Perkunas-Fjörgyn(n) --
Baltic myths and religious categories --
The mythology of Albania --
The religion and myths of the Georgians of the mountains --
The religion and myths of the Ossets --
The religion and myths of Armenia.
Other Titles: Dictionnaire des mythologies et des religions des sociétés traditionnelles et du monde antique.
Responsibility: compiled by Yves Bonnefoy ; translated under the direction of Wendy Doniger by Gerald Honigsblum [and others].
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