World of Myth
The World of Myth provides a sweeping anthology of myths, ranging from ancient Egypt and Greece to the Polynesian islands and modern science. We read stories of great floods from the ancient Babylonians, Hebrews, Chinese, and Mayans, tales of apocalypse from India, the Norse, Christianity, and modern science, myths of the mother goddess from Native American Hopi culture and James Lovelock's Gaia. Leeming has culled myths from around the world, offering one of the most wide-ranging collections of what he calls the collective dreams of humanity. Equally important, he has organized these myths according to a number of themes, comparing and contrasting how various societies have addressed similar concerns, or have told similar stories.
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