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Critical Survey of Mythology & Folklore : World Mythology / [edited by Salem Press].


"The Critical Survey of Mythology and Folklore presents articles on myths, folktales, legends, and other traditional literature. Drawing upon the most widely-read literature, this volume covers a diverse range of authors, countries, and cultures. Articles begin with a summary that offers readers the major actions and characters in the tale followed by an analysis of the important cultural and social interpretations of the author and myth. Myths in the volume are organized by regions of the world and cultures, such as Oceania, South East Asia, and Meso-America. In addition, twelve maps listing ancient cultures and charts on mythological figures will provide a broad overview of major deities in world mythology. Students, educators, and general readers will discover a broad critical and cultural survey that engages the contemporary imagination in the importance of myth, fairy tale, and other traditional literature. Key Features: Maps and Mythological Figures presents twelve maps and charts detailing the cultural or geographical placement of many of the deities, authors and tales in the volume; Mythology in the Classroom explains major approaches to studying mythology and fairy tales; A simple Lesson Plan on creation stories, accompanies the essay on teaching mythology in the classroom. The aim is to provide one model for comparative analysis; A Time Line lists major authors, publications, and events related to mythology and traditional literature; A Chronological Index of titles and a Culture and Country Index offer supplemental information on the overall coverage of the volume."--Publisher's website.

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  • ISBN: 9781619251823
  • ISBN: 1619251825
  • Physical Description: xxxvii, 360 pages : maps (black and white) ; 28 cm.
  • Publisher: Ipswich, Massachusetts : Salem Press, a division of EBSCO Information Services, ; 2013.

Content descriptions

General Note:
A collection of 213 essays on traditional literature from a broad range of regions and cultures in the world.
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 333-335) and indexes.
Formatted Contents Note:
Publisher's Note -- Introduction -- Contributors -- Maps and Mythological Figures. THE AMERICAS : MESOAMERICA : The Azteca -- The Aztec Creation Myth -- The Birth of the War God -- Cihuacoatl as Warrior -- The Creation of Music -- Hunahpu and Xbalanque -- Legend of the Fifth Sun -- The Lords of Xibalba -- The Maya Creation Myth / NORTH AMERICA : The Fight with the Water Monster -- George Washington: I Cannot Tell a Lie -- The Girl Who Married a Gnome -- How Jack O'Lanterns Came to Be -- Iroquois Creation Story -- John Henry: The Steel Driving Man -- La Llorona, Omen of Death -- The Legend of Joaquin Murrieta -- Legend of the Buffalo Dance -- Ottawa Creation Story -- Paiyatuma and the Maidens of the Corn -- Raven Steals Daylight from the Sky -- Sedna, Goddess of the Sea -- Shaman Isaac Tens -- Sioux Creation Story -- Talk Concerning the First Beginning -- Wunzh / SOUTH AMERICA : Amalivaca -- The Boy Who Rose to the Sky -- How Evils Befell Mankind -- How the Jaguar Lost His Fire -- The Men from the Sea -- The Monkey's Exploit -- Origin of Living Creatures -- The Rod of Gold -- Uitoto Creation Story -- Viracocha -- A Young Man and the Star / THE PACIFIC : OCEANIA : Birth of Sea and Land Life -- Borah of Byamee -- Bram-Bram-Bult -- The Children of Heaven and Earth -- Dream of Haumaka -- Kahalaopuna, Princess of Manoa -- Mataora's Visit to Hawaiki -- The Polynesian Creation Myth -- The Samoan Story of Creation -- Seven Sisters -- The Two Sorcerers -- What Makes the Waves / AFRICA : SUB-SAHARA AFRICA : The Daughter of Sun and Moon -- The Gods Descend from Heaven -- How Beasts and Serpents First Came into the World -- The Sacrifice of Morimi -- The Slave Called the World -- Thunder and Anansi -- The Thunder Bride -- EGYPT : Amen-Ra, the God of Empire -- The Battle of Horus and Set -- The Bentresh Stela -- The Boat of Ra -- The Book of Thoth -- The Egyptian Creation Myth -- The Gods of Egypt -- Horus and the City of Pe -- Instruction of Amenemhet -- Isis and the Seven Scorpions -- The Island of Enchantment -- The Name of Ra -- The Rise of Amen -- The Tale of Sinuhe -- The Two Brothers -- The Victory of Sinuhe / ASIA : WEST ASIA : Ahura Mazda and the Battle between Good and Evil -- The Baal Myth from Ugarit -- The Burning Bush -- The Creation and Fall -- The Nursemaid of Rostam -- Pharaoh's Dreams -- Samson the Judge -- The Story of Job -- The Tower of Babel -- MESOPOTAMIA : Before All Befores -- The Birth of the Great Gods and Goddesses -- The Creation of Enkidu -- The Death of Enkidu -- The Death of Gilgames -- Enki and Ninhursaga -- Enuma elish, the Babylonian Creation Myth -- Etana, King of Kish -- Inana and Su-kale-tuda -- Inana's Descent -- The Journey of Nanna to Nippur --  Marduk the Dragon Slayer -- Nanna and Ningal -- Ninurta and the Turtle -- The Sin of the God Zu -- The Sumerian Creation of Humankind -- The Theft of Destiny -- Uta-Napishtim and the Deluge -- EAST ASIA : The Adventures of Kintaro, the Golden Boy -- The Casting of the Great Bell -- Ch'onjiwangbonp'uri -- The Dragons -- The Fairy Princess of Mount Ophir -- The First People -- Garuda -- How a Man Got the Better of Two Foxes -- In the Palace of the Sea God -- The Island of Women -- The Korean Cinderella -- The Magic White Swan -- The Magnanimous Girl -- Origin of the Tiger -- Pangu Creates the World -- Prince Mountain and Princess Mountain -- The Spirit of the Lotus Lily -- Urashima Taro -- Water War -- The Weaver Maiden and the Herdsman -- Yinglong, the Winged Dragon -- Yu Rebuilds the Earth -- INDIA : Brahma the Creator -- The Creation of the Ganges -- Damayanti's Choice -- Draupadi -- Durga -- Gotama's Attainment -- The Heavenly Nymph and Her Mortal Husband -- The Incarnations of Visnu -- Matsya and the Great Flood / EUROPE : BRITISH ISLES : Beowulf and the Battle with Grendel -- The Birth of Bran -- Childe Rowland -- The Combat of Fer Diad and Cuchulainn -- Culhwch and Olwen: Hunting the Twrch Trwyth -- The Death of King Arthur -- The Fisher King -- Havelok and Godard -- King Arthur and Guinevere -- King Arthur's Round Table -- The Legend of Tuan mac Carell -- The Marriage of Sir Gawain -- The Mermaid -- The Morrigu -- Oisin's Mother -- The Order of Scathach -- Sir Galahad and the Holy Grail -- Sir Gammer Vans -- The Story of Saint Kenelm -- The Story of the Young Cuckoo -- GRECO-ROMAN WORLD : Achilles and the Stern Waters of Styx -- Apollo Establishes His Temple at Delphi -- Athena and the Birth of Erichthonius -- Bellerophon and the Battle with Chimera -- The Birth of Zeus -- Cadmus Sowing the Dragon's Teeth -- Cronus and the Birth of the Cosmos -- The Death of Ajax -- The Divine Loves of Zeus -- Gaia and the Castration of Uranus -- Helen of Troy -- Hera and the Seduction of Zeus -- Jove's Great Deluge -- King Oedipus Is Revealed -- The Line and the Cave -- The Love of Aphrodite and Anchises -- The Myth of Atlantis -- The Myth of Er -- Pandora and the Great Jar -- Prometheus and the Theft of Fire -- The Prophecy of Paris -- The Sack of Troy -- The Statute of Pygmalion -- The Twelfth Labor: Hercules and Cerberus -- The Vengeance of Medea -- Zeus and the Titan War -- NORSE WORLD : The Aesir-Vanir War -- Brynhildr, the Norse Valkyrie -- Freya's Necklace -- How Thor fought the Giant Hrungnir -- Loki and the Dwarfs -- Loki Bound -- The Nine Worlds of the Norse -- The Norse Creation of the Cosmos -- Odin's Discovery of the Runes -- The Otter's Ransom -- Ragnarok -- The Theft of Mjolnir -- WESTERN EUROPE : The Death of Roland -- Diamonds and Toads -- El Cid -- The Emperor's New Clothes -- The Enchanted Maiden -- The Gingerbread Man -- Hop o' My Thumb -- Little Red Cap -- Petrosinella -- Princess Belle-Etoile -- Princess Rosette -- Snow-White and Rose-Red -- Thumbelina -- CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE : Baba Yaga -- The Boys with the Golden Stars -- Cinderella -- The Dragon and the Prince -- Father Frost -- The Feather of the Finist the Falcon -- The Firebird, the Horse of Power, and the Princess Vasilissa -- Ilya Muromets and the Dragon -- King Kojata -- The Lime Tree -- Prince Bayaya -- Princess Miranda and Prince Hero / APPENDIXES : Mythology in the Classroom -- Lesson Plan -- Timeline -- Guide to Online Resources -- Bibliography / INDEXES : Country and Culture Index -- Chronological Index -- Index.
Target Audience Note:
Subject: Mythology.

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