The Myth of the Eternal Return: Cosmos and History (Bollingen Series (General))

By Mircea Eliade

This founding paintings of the background of religions, first released in English in 1954, secured the North American popularity of the Romanian émigré-scholar Mircea Eliade (1907-1986). Making connection with an wonderful variety of cultures and drawing on scholarship released in a minimum of part a dozen ecu languages, Eliade's The delusion of the everlasting Return makes either intelligible and compelling the spiritual expressions and actions of a large choice of archaic and "primitive" spiritual cultures. whereas acknowledging go back to the "archaic" isn't any longer attainable, Eliade passionately insists at the price of figuring out this view on the way to improve our modern mind's eye of what it truly is to be human. Jonathan Z. Smith's new advent presents the contextual history to the booklet and provides a serious define of Eliade's argument in a manner that encourages readers to have interaction in an educated dialog with this vintage text.

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The Vicious Deep

By Zoraida Cordova

He was once long past for 3 days. Sucked out to sea in a tidal wave and spit again ashore at Coney Island with out reminiscence of what occurred. Now his goals are haunted by way of a terrifying silver mermaid with razor-sharp the teeth.

His ally Layla is confident whatever is incorrect. yet how can he clarify he can feel feelings like by no means sooner than? How can he clarify he is the inheritor to a nation he by no means knew existed? that he is by surprise a pawn in a conflict as old because the gods?

Something occurred to him in these 3 days. He used to be claimed via the sea...and now it wishes him back.

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Le mythe et l'homme

By Roger Caillois

"C'est en effet dans le mythe que l'on saisit le mieux, à vif, los angeles collusion des postulations les plus secrètes, les plus virulentes du psychisme individuel et des pressions les plus impératives et les plus troublantes de l'existence sociale. Il n'en faut pas plus pour lui accorder une state of affairs éminente et pour inciter à ordonner par rapport à lui quelques-uns de ces problèmes essentiels qui touchent à los angeles fois au monde de l. a. connaissance et à celui de l'action."

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Zombies: A Cultural History

Add a gurgling moan with the sound of dragging ft and a odor of deterioration and what do you get? higher now not discover. The zombie has roamed with dead-eyed risk from its beginnings in imprecise folklore and superstition to international prestige this day, the superstar of flicks such as 28 Days LaterWorld warfare Z, and the outrageously profitable comedian ebook, television sequence, and video game—The jogging Dead. during this brain-gripping background, Roger Luckhurst lines the variations of the zombie via our tradition and imaginations, studying the undead’s skill to stay defiantly alive.
Luckhurst follows a path that leads from the nineteenth-century Caribbean, via American pulp fiction of the Twenties, to the center of the 20th century, whilst zombies swarmed comedian books and film displays. From there he follows the zombie world wide, tracing the vectors of its infectious international unfold from France to Australia, Brazil to Japan. sewing jointly fabrics from anthropology, folklore, shuttle writings, colonial histories, renowned literature and cinema, clinical background, and cultural theory, Zombies is the definitive brief advent to these restless pulp monsters. 
 

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Encyclopedia of Imaginary and Mythical Places

By Theresa Bane

The heavens and hells of the world's religions and the "far, far-off" legends can't be noticeable or visited, yet they continue to be an essential component of tradition and historical past. This encyclopedia catalogs greater than 800 imaginary and mythological lands from world wide, together with fairy geographical regions, settings from Arthurian lore, and kingdoms present in fairy stories and political and philosophical works, together with Sir Thomas More's Utopia and Plato's Atlantis. From al A'raf, the limbo of Islam, to Zulal, one of many many streams that run via Paradise, entries provide the literary starting place of every web site, clarify its cultural context, and describe its topical positive aspects, directory diversifications on names while appropriate. Cross-referenced for ease of use, this compendium will turn out invaluable to students, researchers or somebody wishing to journey the unseen landscapes of fantasy and legend.

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Myth: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

The place do myths come from? what's their functionality and what do they suggest?

In this Very brief Introduction Robert Segal introduces the array of ways used to appreciate the research of fable. those ways hail from disciplines as various as anthropology, sociology, psychology, literary feedback, philosophy, technology, and non secular reports. together with rules from theorists as diverse as Sigmund Freud, Claude Levi-Strauss, Albert Camus, and Roland Barthes, Segal makes use of the well-known historic delusion of Adonis to examine their person ways and theories.

In this new version, he not just considers the longer term examine of delusion, but additionally considers the interactions of fable idea with cognitive technological know-how, the consequences of the parable of Gaia, and the diversities among story-telling and myth.

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The Very brief Introductions sequence from Oxford collage Press comprises countless numbers of titles in nearly each topic region. those pocket-sized books are the proper approach to get forward in a brand new topic quick. Our professional authors mix evidence, research, standpoint, new rules, and exuberance to make fascinating and demanding themes hugely readable.

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The Leto Bundle

By Marina Warner

A sensual, compelling new novel encouraged by way of dramatic chronicles, modern occasions, and the tragic determine of a woman-goddess in everlasting exile

Room XIX of the Museum of Albion does not often have many viewers. but if an enormous crowd of dispossessed immigrants and homeless assemble to determine a mummy that has lately been moved, political strain mounts, and the curator needs to show the secret in the back of the locked door. To the passionate younger guy who has followed the mum as a figurehead, the curator explains that the as soon as mystery express is a package deal of infrequent items and fascinating records that inform of the wanderings of an unknown girl named Leto. Marina Warner's magical new novel weaves jointly the tale of this old goddess and everlasting refugee with the drama of the curator, her new pal, and the folk whose lives could be reworked by means of The Leto Bundle.

As Leto strikes westward around the map from her first domestic, she slips via time, reappearing in several guises and ever at the run. She offers beginning to twins in the course of a far away period of civil strife, shelters with wolves, stows away on a boat, works as a chambermaid in a war-torn urban, and, in a bombing assault, saves her daughter yet loses her son. the radical sweeps from mythological instances to the center a long time, to Victorian Europe, after which to the current day, while Leto reappears, nonetheless looking out, in fact, for her long-lost son.

The Leto Bundle retells the tale of the everlasting refugee in a paranormal sleek novel of massive scope and resourceful force.

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Storia delle terre e dei luoghi leggendari

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, los angeles rocca degli assassini del Veglio della Montagna, il paese di Cuccagna, le isole dell’utopia, l’isola di Salomone e l. a. 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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Christmas Tales of Alabama

By Kelly Kazek

It is the such a lot terrific time of the yr, in particular in Alabama. rejoice the spirit of the season with those stories of Christmases previous from the guts of Dixie. there's the tale of Helen Keller's first Christmas thoughts in Tuscumbia, the story of ways Birmingham local Hugh Martin penned the vintage track Have your self a Merry Little Christmas, "? visions of all of the extraordinary Christmas gentle monitors in the course of the kingdom and lots more and plenty extra. In a suite of stories that variety from the heartwarming to the heartbreaking, Alabama writer Kelly Kazek culls from over 2 hundred years of Christmas celebrations within the country and gives up a present that not anyone may want to be with out come Christmas morning."

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Legends of Japan

By Hiroshi Naito

These twenty-two eastern stories open to Western readers the area of myth within the mythical literature of Japan—a international of ogres, monkeys, goblins, and priest, of spelling-casting and rescuing people.

Rich in sort, Legends of Japan contains stories of the supernatural, magic, and deities, in addition to stories of romance and intrigue. The vividness and aesthetic allure of those tales is more advantageous by way of twenty-two woodblock prints from the studio of recent jap illustrator Masahiko Nishin.

The stories are drawn from jap masterpieces of the Heian (794-1185) and Kamakura (1192-1333) classes. the sooner and major resource is 31-volume Konjaku Monogatari, a suite of stories of jap, chinese language and Indian foundation. the opposite resource is the miscellany Tsurezure Gusa, by way of Kento Yoshida, a monk of noble start who was once good versed in eastern and chinese language literature. A reader's satisfaction, those little books distills the colour and style, the knowledge and humor of 2 nice treasuries of classical Asian literature.

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