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Download E-books The Penelopiad: The Myth of Penelope and Odysseus (Myths) PDF

By Margaret Atwood

"Homer’s Odyssey isn't the merely model of the tale. Mythic fabric was once initially oral, and in addition neighborhood -- a fantasy will be informed a method in a single position and rather another way in one other. i've got drawn on fabric except the Odyssey, specifically for the main points of Penelope’s parentage, her formative years and marriage, and the scandalous rumors circulating approximately her. I’ve selected to provide the telling of the tale to Penelope and to the twelve hanged maids. The maids shape a chanting and making a song refrain, which specializes in questions that needs to pose themselves after any shut analyzing of the Odyssey: What ended in the striking of the maids, and what used to be Penelope fairly as much as? the tale as informed within the Odyssey doesn’t carry water: there are too many inconsistencies. I’ve continuously been haunted through the hanged maids and, in The Penelopiad, so is Penelope herself." -- from Margaret Atwood’s Foreword to The Penelopiad

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Download E-books African Myths of Origin (Penguin Classics) PDF

Accumulating quite a lot of conventional African myths, this compelling new assortment deals stories of heroes scuffling with powerful serpents and immense birds, brutal family members clash and vengeance, and determined migrations throughout big and alien lands. From impassioned descriptions of animal-creators to dramatic tales of groups pressured to escape significant crocodiles, the entire narratives came across right here trouble origins—whether of the universe, peoples or households. jointly, they bring about a kaleidoscopic photograph of the wealthy and sundry oral traditions that experience formed the tradition and society of successive generations of Africans for hundreds of thousands of years, in the course of the lengthy fight to outlive and discover this large and environmentally assorted continent.

For greater than seventy years, Penguin has been the best writer of vintage literature within the English-speaking international. With greater than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents an international bookshelf of the simplest works all through background and throughout genres and disciplines. Readers belief the series to supply authoritative texts more suitable via introductions and notes via exceptional students and modern authors, in addition to up-to-date translations through award-winning translators.

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Download E-books A Dictionary of Ancient Near Eastern Mythology PDF

The Dictionary of historical close to jap Mythology covers resources from Mesopotamia, Syro-Palestine and Anatolia, from round 2800 to three hundred BC. It includes entries on gods and goddesses, giving proof in their worship in temples, describing their 'character', as documented by way of the texts, and defining their roles in the physique of mythological narratives; synoptic entries on myths, giving where of starting place of major texts and a short background in their transmission in the course of the a while; and entries explaining using professional terminology, for things like different types of Sumerian texts or different types of mythological figures.

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Download E-books The Sacred and the Profane: The Nature of Religion PDF

By Mircea Eliade, Willard R. Trask

Within the Sacred and the Profane, Mircea Eliade observes that whereas modern humans think their international is totally profane, or secular, they nonetheless every now and then locate themselves attached unconsciously to the reminiscence of anything sacred. It's this premise that either drives Eliade's exhaustive exploration of the sacred—as it has manifested in area, time, nature and the cosmos, and lifestyles itself—and buttresses his expansive view of the human adventure.

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Download E-books Storia delle terre e dei luoghi leggendari PDF

By Umberto Eco

QUESTO publication HA RICEVUTO IL SIGILLO AMERICANO DI QUALITÀ QED (QUALITY, EXCELLENCE, layout) ASSEGNATO NELL'AMBITO DEL PUBLISHING INNOVATION AWARDS 2014 CHE GARANTISCE l. a. MASSIMA ESPERIENZA DI LETTURA.

La nostra immaginazione è popolata da terre e luoghi mai esistiti, dalla capanna dei sette nani alle isole visitate da Gulliver, dal tempio dei Thugs di Salgari all’appartamento di Sherlock Holmes.

Ma in genere si sa che questi luoghi sono nati solo dalla fantasia di un narratore o di un poeta.

Al contrario, e sin dai tempi più antichi, l’umanità ha fantasticato su luoghi ritenuti reali, come Atlantide, Mu, Lemuria, le terre della regina di Saba, il regno del Prete Gianni, le Isole lucky, l’Eldorado, l’Ultima Thule, Iperborea e il paese delle Esperidi, il luogo dove si conserva il santo Graal, l. a. rocca degli assassini del Veglio della Montagna, il paese di Cuccagna, le isole dell’utopia, l’isola di Salomone e los angeles terra australe, l’interno di una terra cava e il misterioso regno sotterraneo di Agarttha. Alcuni di questi luoghi hanno soltanto animato affascinanti leggende e ispirato alcune delle splendide rappresentazioni visive che appaiono in questo quantity, altri hanno ossessionato los angeles fantasia alterata di cacciatori di misteri, altri ancora hanno stimolato viaggi ed esplorazioni così che, inseguendo una illusione, viaggiatori di ogni paese hanno scoperto altre terre.

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Download E-books The Great Goddess: Reverence of the Divine Feminine from the Paleolithic to the Present PDF

By Jean Markale

• A research of the primordial determine of the good Goddess and her persisted worship via time as proven by way of the myths, shrines, and sanctuaries world wide that honor this robust image of production.

• A famous historian on pre-Christian societies offers an in depth all over the world directory of web sites and sanctuaries linked to goddess worship.

• Explores goddess worship in cultures around the globe, together with local American, Egyptian, Indian, and Oriental civilizations.

• Demonstrates that even supposing her worship has occasionally been compelled underground it hasn't ever disappeared.

In historical Babylon she used to be Anat, in Egypt, Isis and Hathor, Dana in Celtic eire, Rhea and Demeter in Greece, and in India, Anapurna the supplier. She is the nice Goddess, the Goddess of Beginnings, the emblem of Earth and the giver of existence, the enormous mom, who represents the entire powers and mysteries of construction for early humanity.

Shifting her sunlight organization onto masculine deities and blackening these of her symbols that, just like the serpent, couldn't be assimilated, patriarchal societies pressured the preeminent strength of the female into an imprecise and subservient place. but, as proven via famous student Jean Markale, the Goddess didn't easily disappear whilst her place used to be usurped, and the ability she represents has been the resource of continuing non secular devotion from precedent days in the course of the heart a while as much as the current day.

In the plethora of myths, websites, and sanctuaries dedicated to this robust determine, The nice Goddess presents ample facts of the extreme permanence of her worship--even on the middle of these religions that attempted to smash her.

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Download E-books Philo: Foundations of Religious Philosophy in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, Volumes 1-2 PDF

By Harry A. Wolfson

Few students nowadays attempt to produce something which
could be referred to as a magnum opus. Wolfson is likely one of the few;
and while it's remembered that the 2 huge volumes before
us signify a comparatively small a part of his overall project, he
must be positioned into the leading edge of even that little crew. For it
is Wolfson's plan to give a background of philosophy which will
begin with at the least one quantity at the Greeks, then consider
Philo as right here, then supply the total improvement of philosophy
in Christian, Islamic, and Jewish circles of the center Ages,
and ultimately exhibit the beginnings of the recent age the place Spinoza
breaks the trend of medieval idea and returns to the Greek
approach. Wolfson believes that medieval philosophy had a
distinctive personality since it had a particular resource of
knowledge fairly overseas to either the Greek and sleek thinkers,
the resource we frequently name "revelation," yet which Wolfson calls
the "preamble of faith" (p. v). The moderns, just like the Greeks,
try through remark, speculation, and instinct, no matter what these
words suggest, to find the reality concerning the nature of guy, and
the nature of his setting as much as and together with God himself.
The medieval international needed to sq. all such facts of "reason"
with the information in their encouraged Scriptures the place the answers
were all given. greater than this, the medievalists needed to square
their purposes with a philosophical culture which determined
how Scripture itself used to be to be interpreted, Wolfson says, for in
revealed starting place, wherein philosophy, the manufactured from erring
human cause, needed to be proven and purged and purified." These
inflexible rules, Wolfson maintains in his Preface, have been all
worked out through none except Philo himself, and so "the philosophy
of Philo" got here to be "the such a lot dominant strength in the
history of philosophy right down to the 17th century."

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Download E-books Ancient Mysteries of Britain PDF

By Janet Bord, Colin Bord

Britain is a land choked with interesting ancient websites and memorable actual beneficial properties. The panorama itself, with its many idiosyncrasies and unusual features, serves as a key to the earlier - the stone circles, prehistoric family dwellings, tombs and temples, rock carvings, earthworks, holy wells and Roman continues to be, all include clues of civilisations gone and trace at how our ancestors used to stay. during this lavishly-illustrated and extremely readable consultant, authors Janet and Colin Bord discover the origins of such positive aspects and examine the traditional websites linked to folklore and legend.

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Devil's Bridge

There are quite 3 bridges right here above one another, crossing
the River Mynach the place it runs via a deep gorge. The
lowest of the 3 used to be outfitted by way of the satan, based on legend .
He observed that an previous woman's cow used to be stranded at the improper side
of the gorge and stated he could construct her a bridge if he could
become the landlord of the 1st dwelling creature to exploit it. She
agreed, but if the bridge was once accomplished she threw a bit of
bread over , which was once chased by means of her puppy, and the satan was
outwitted. In one other model of this tale...

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Download E-books Did the Greeks Believe in Their Myths?: An Essay on the Constitutive Imagination PDF

By Paul Veyne

"[Veyne's] current publication has a few kinship together with his sprightly theoretical paintings Comment on ecrit l'histoire; and he proclaims that its goal used to be to impress mirrored image at the approach our belief of fact is equipped up and alterations over the centuries. . . . the fashion is excellent and exhilarating."—Jasper Griffin, Times Literary Supplement

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