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The Orphic Moment
The Orphic Moment (July 1994)
Shaman to Poet-Thinker in Plato, Nietzsche, and Mallarme
Robert McGahey - Author

"This is an extraordinary book on Orpheus, one that is willing to circumvent explanations and fixed positions. Itself it teaches us how to live and imagine Orphically on the invisible and impossibly thin line that separates and unites all opposites. Robert McGahey writes with authority, sculpting out a precise place and time that is the Orphic moment, and he also straddles the difficult but necessary ambiguity of historical time and poetic eternity....(Read More)
Myth From the Ice Age to Mickey Mouse
Myth From the Ice Age to Mickey Mouse (December 1993)
Robert W. Brockway - Author

"This book is constantly surprising the reader with fresh insights into relationships between sources from different cultures, disciplines, and times and providing insightful commentary. The panoramic, cross-cultural perspective spanning human history from the Paleolithic through modern popular culture was exhilarating, and the range of disciplines covering anthropology, religious studies, philosophy, science and literature formidable. It is unargu...(Read More)
Fundamentalism, Mythos, and World Religions
Fundamentalism, Mythos, and World Religions (October 1993)
Niels C. Nielsen Jr. - Author

"It is a very readable account that places in perspective one of the timeliest issues in religion in our time. It draws on the finest scholarship, distilling from it the essential theories and data, and makes it intelligible to the general public." -- Harold H. Oliver, Boston University School of Theology

"Nielsen handles 'mythos' and 'myth' quite fairly, with evident awareness that fundamentalists will reject the term an...(Read More)
Enlightenment to Enlightenment
Enlightenment to Enlightenment (July 1993)
Intercritique of Science and Myth
Henri Atlan - Author
Lenn J. Schramm - Translator

This book is a thorough and critical, comparative analysis of the logic of modern scientific thought and of traditional teachings generally referred to as mythological and mystical.

Different rationalities with different domains of interest and legitimacy exist, which should not be confused and cannot be unified in any theory of "Ultimate Reality." Atlan suggests they must coexist in practice, although each of them...(Read More)
The Golden Fleece and Alchemy
The Golden Fleece and Alchemy (March 1993)
Antoine Faivre - Author

"Fascinating. A magisterial presentation of the historical data." -- Dan Merkur, University of Toronto

"By showing the continuous presence of the idea of the Argonauts and the voyage of the Golden Fleece in our history, the author demonstrates this myth to be a basic archetype of Western culture. The book is continually interesting to read." -- Christopher Bamford, Lindisfarne Press

This book traces the Golden Fleece myth from late p...(Read More)
Purana Perennis
Purana Perennis (March 1993)
Reciprocity and Transformation in Hindu and Jaina Texts
Wendy Doniger - Editor

In this volume, leading American, European, and Indian scholars including John E. Cort, Friedhelm Hardy, Padmanabh S. Jaini, Laurie L. Patton, A. K. Ramanujan, Velcheru Narayana Rao, and David Shulman discuss the subject of the Puran'as, focusing particularly on the relationship between the "Great Puran'as" of the Sanskrit tradition and the many other sorts of Puran'as. The Puran'as are essentially collections of stories dealing with all aspects of...(Read More)
The New Theogony
The New Theogony (September 1992)
Mythology for the Real World
Maria M. Colavito - Author

This book is a sustained focus of on those original human acts that gave us the gods, the human psyche, and the stories about them. Dr. Colavito divides myth into four distinct but inseparable "acts": first is the original power to create; second, the stories about the manifestation; third, the imitation and duplication of the manifested images; and four are the theories regarding the first three. Development of these four "acts" provides the fou...(Read More)
The Inside Story
The Inside Story (August 1992)
A Narrative Approach to Religious Understanding and Truth
Paul Brockelman - Author

This book explores what is meant by claims of religious understanding and truth. It argues that at the end of the twentieth century we are undergoing a revolution in our thinking about ourselves and our place in nature, and that the worldview pervading modern culture is dissolving because it has marginalized and hindered authentic religious understanding and practice. It has spiritually degraded and destroyed the natural environment upon which it ...(Read More)
Over the Rainbow
Over the Rainbow (January 1992)
The Wizard of Oz as a Secular Myth of America
Paul Nathanson - Author
Katherine K. Young - Foreword by

Over the Rainbow shows how Dorothy's passage from Kansas to Oz and back again recapitulates paradigmatic stories of both America and Christianity. Defining human identity on three symbolic levels (individual, collective, and cosmic), Nathanson shows that The Wizard of Oz has come to be a "secular myth."

"It is a most fascinating text reflecting an interest in the psychological, historical, sociological, and analytical approac...(Read More)
The Origins of the Gods
The Origins of the Gods (September 1991)
James S. Hans - Author

Based on Nietzsche's critique of religion and culture, and engaging the contemporary offshoots of that critique, this book assesses the myths of origins that have been used to articulate the fundamental attitude toward the relationship between shame and beauty. In reconsidering some of the myths upon which the West is based, from Hesiod and Greek mythology to Plato and the Bible, Hans pursues the ways in which we have habitually separated shame and...(Read More)
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