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The mythic journey : the meaning of myth as a guide for life
Greene, Liz.
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Eddison-Sadd edition.
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New York : Fireside, [2000]

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288 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
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BF175.5.M95 G74 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Greek gods, Norse heroes, Polynesian tricksters, and Native American warriors -- they all have lessons to teach us.Since the beginning of time, human beings have relied on myths, fairy tales, and fables to explain life's mysteries and to elucidate human nature. Bringing a fresh perspective to these age-old tales, Liz Greene and Juliet Sharman-Burke reveal how modern audiences on their own life journeys can find comfort and support in the legends and lore of the past.The Mythic Journeyexplores the psychological themes of many mythical traditions, recounting stories from Greco-Roman, Hebraic, Egyptian, Celtic, Norse, and various Eastern civilizations. More than fifty myths are beautifully retold, and each is followed by a psychological overview explaining the application the story can have in our own lives. The tales are further brought to life with striking artwork by Peter Paul Rubens, Gustav Klimt, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, William Blake, and many more artists who found inspiration in these stories.The Mythic Journeyis a handbook to human life, guiding readers from the conflicts of family and childhood, through problems of love, intimacy, and ambition, and ultimately to the point when we must face our own mortality. We discover that true self-knowledge comes through facing life's challenges with courage and strength; that beauty, talent, power, and wealth bring their own forms of suffering; and that in the darkness of loneliness, failure, and loss, we have always discovered new light and new hope.

Table of Contents

Part I In The Beginning
Chapter 1 Parents and Children
Thetis and Achilles
Hera and Hephaistos
Orion and Oenopion
Theseus and Hippolytus
Osiris, Isis and Horus
The Story of Poia
Chapter 2 Siblings
Cain and Abel
Ares and Hephaistos
Romulus and Remus
Chapter 3 The Family Inheritance
The Children of the Wind
The House of Thebes
The House of Atreus
Part II Becoming an Individual
Chapter 1 Leaving Home
Adam and Eve
The Buddha's Departure
Peredur the Son of Evrawc
Chapter 2 Fighting for Autonomy
The Fair Unknown
Gilgamesh and the Tree of Life
Chapter 3 The Quest for Meaning
Vainamoinen and the Talisman
Parsifal and the Grail
Part III Love and Relationships
Chapter 1 Passion and Rejection
Echo and Narcissus
Cybele and Attis
Samson and Delilah
The Enchantment of Merlin
Chapter 2 The Eternal Triangle
The Marriage of Zeus and Hera
Arthur and Guinevere
Chapter 3 Marriage
Gerda and Frey
Nyneve's Transformation
Alcestis and Admetus
Odysseus and Penelope
Part IV Position and Power
Chapter 1 Finding a Vocation
A Myth of Two Brothers
Phaëthon and the Sun-chariot
Chapter 2 Greed and Ambition
The Ring of Polycrates
King Midas
The Corruption of Andvari
Chapter 3 Responsibility
King Minos and the Bull
King Arthur's Peacetime Army
The Judgement of Solomon
Part V Rites of Passage
Chapter 1 Separation, Loss and Suffering
Job's Trials
Orpheus and Eurydice
Chiron the Centaur
Chapter 2 The Spiritual Quest
The Fortunes of Dr Faustus
The Buddha's Enlightenment
Chapter 3 The Final Journey
Maui and the Death Goddess
Er Among the Dead
Indra and the Parade of Ants
Bibliography and Further Reading