Myth: A Biography Of Belief

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Myth: A Biography of Belief

Exploring classic works such as the Song of Songs, the Tao Te Ching, the Rg Veda, the New Testament, and the Indonesian myth of Hainuwele, Myth: A Biography of Belief reveals the cultural energies that ancient "mythmakers" sought to corral in their creations. David Leeming argues that myths are, by definition, evolving creations that live on in the work of modern-day "mythmakers" such as W.B. Yeats, Virginia Woolf, and Albert Einstein. Leeming provides an engaging new outlook on the role of myth in the works of these and other contemporary artists and scientists. The similarities between modern concepts like the "Big Bang" and ancient myths of creation illustrate our continuing need to confront the mysteries of existence by way of metaphor and narrative. Leeming suggests that myth and factual knowledge do not negate, but complement each other. Whether it is the "American Dream," alien abduction, or belief in virgin birth and resurrection, these "living myths" play a very therapeutic role in the development of a healthy society.

Specifications of Myth: A Biography of Belief

GENERAL
AuthorDavid Leeming
BindingPaperback
LanguageEnglish
ISBN-109780195161052
ISBN-139780195161052
PublisherOxford University Press
Number Of Pages192
Publication Date2003-07-31
DIMENSIONS
Height4.9 inch.
Length7 inch.
Width0.5 inch.
Weight0.61 pounds.

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