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The Oxford Companion to World Mythology

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In The Oxford Companion to World Mythology, David Leeming explores the role of mythology in history, revealing how the dreams of specific cultures add up to the larger collective story of humanity. Appealingly illustrated with nearly one hundred black-and-white halftones, the Companion provides thousands of alphabetically arranged entries covering all aspects of mythology including areas traditionally ignored by mythologists such as Polynesia, Africa, Native North America, Australia, and more. Leeming includes substantial essays on the worlds major mythological traditions, on mythological types and motifs, on mythological figures, and on numerous related subjects such as fairly tales and legends. The Companion also locates myth in our lives today, relating it to psychology, religion, science, politics, art, and much more. From King Arthur and the Round Table to Jonah and the Whale, from the wicked and destructive Norse trickster Loki to the great mother goddess of Chinese mythology Nuwa, here is a comprehensive and thoughtful look at mythology around the world.

Product code: 9780195387087

ISBN 9780195387087
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H235xW155xS32
No. Of Pages 512
Publisher Oxford University Press Inc
Written by David Leeming, one of the world's most trusted voices on mythology, The Oxford Companion to World Mythology is a lively, non-pedantic yet intellectually sound book that engages the reader and reveals the extraordinary depth and beauty of the world of myth.