Great Myths of the World (Dover Books on Anthropology and Folklore)

(From Amazon): "This treasure-chest of mythology will entertain and educate the reader for many hours." — M. G. Paregian. A treasury of tales from ancient myth and legend, this collection was assembled and recounted by a well-known and much-loved storyteller. All of the legendary heroic and tragic figures of the ancient world appear here, in myths derived from Egyptian, Babylonian, Persian, Hebrew, Hellenic, Latin, Celtic, Nordic, Mesoamerican, and other traditions. Larger-than-life figures populate these stories — Isis and Osiris, Gilgamesh, Hercules and Pandora, Loki, and Quetzalcoatl. Once regarded as sacred lore, their adventures, misfortunes, and rewards form integral and active elements of the cultures from which they arose, and they continue to resonate with a deep human significance.Poet, playwright, and a key figure in the Irish Literary Renaissance, Padraic Colum was a prolific writer. Best known for his adaptations of Celtic tales, and particularly those for younger readers, he also addressed himself to a wider audience. A perfect book to inspire passion for ancient mythology, this volume can be enjoyed by readers of all ages.

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  • Egyptian
  • Osiris and Isis
  • Re, His Going-Down and Uprising
  • Babylonian
  • In the Beginning
  • Gilgamesh
  • The Story of Uta-Napishtim and of the Deluge That Destroyed All That Was On the Earth
  • Ishtar's Descent Into the World Below
  • Persian
  • Jamshid the Respledent
  • Jewish Post-Christian Period
  • The Angels and The Creation And the Fall of Man
  • The Confounding of the Angel of Death
  • Greek
  • In the Beginning
  • Prometheus
  • Pandora
  • Demeter
  • Orpheus
  • Dionysos
  • Apollo
  • Herakles
  • Roman
  • The Children of Mars
  • Numa the Law-Giver
  • The Sibyl
  • Pomona and Vertumnus
  • Graeco-Roman
  • Cupid and Psyche
  • Celtic-Irish
  • IrishMidir and Etain
  • The Death of Conaire Mór, the King of Ireland
  • Welsh Pwyll, Prince of Dyfed and His Visit to Annwfn, the Realm of the Faërie
  • Math, the Son of Mathonwy
  • Finnish
  • Lemminkainen, His Destruction and His Resurrection to Life
  • Icelandic
  • In the Beginning
  • The Building of the Wall
  • Mimir
  • Baldr
  • Loki's Punishment
  • The Children of Loki
  • Ragna Rök, The Fate of the Gods
  • Indian
  • Vedic the Heavenly Nymph and Her Mortal Husband
  • Epic The Churning of the Ocean
  • The Birth of the Ganges
  • Savitr and the Lord of the Dead
  • Damaynt's Choice
  • Buddhist Gotama's Attainment
  • Chinese
  • In the Beginning
  • The Weaver Maiden and The Herdsman
  • Japanese
  • The Sun Goddess and the Storm God and the Strife There Was Between Them
  • The First People
  • Polynesian- New Zealand
  • In the Beginning
  • New Zealand and Hawaii Ma-ui The Fire-Bringer
  • How Ma-ui Strove to Win Immortality for All Creatures
  • Pe-le, Hawaii's Goddess of Volcanic Fire
  • Peruvian
  • Viracocha
  • The Llama-Herder and the Virgin of the Sun
  • Central America and Mexican
  • In the Beginning
  • The Twin Heroes and the Lords of Xibalba
  • Quetzalcoatl
  • Quetzalcoatl's Enemy
  • The Gods of the Azteca
  • The Azteca
  • Zuñi
  • Paíyatuma and the Maidens of the Corn
  • Index

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