Download The Story of Lynx by Claude Lévi-Strauss, Catherine Tihanyi PDF

By Claude Lévi-Strauss, Catherine Tihanyi

ISBN-10: 0226474720

ISBN-13: 9780226474724

"In olden days, in a village peopled by means of animal creatures, lived Wild Cat (another identify for Lynx). He used to be outdated and mangy, and he used to be continuously scratching himself together with his cane. at times, a tender woman who lived within the similar cabin may seize the cane, additionally to scratch herself. In useless Wild Cat saved attempting to speak her out of it. at some point the younger woman came upon herself pregnant; she gave start to a boy. Coyote, one other inhabitant of the village, turned angry. He talked the entire inhabitants into going to reside somewhere else and forsaking the previous Wild Cat, his spouse, and their baby to their destiny . . . "

So starts off the Nez Percé fable that lies on the center of The tale of Lynx, Claude Lévi-Strauss's so much obtainable exam of the wealthy mythology of yank Indians. during this wide-ranging paintings, the grasp of structural anthropology considers the numerous diversifications in a narrative that happens in either North and South the US, yet in particular one of the Salish-speaking peoples of the Northwest Coast. He additionally indicates how centuries of touch with Europeans have altered the tales.

Lévi-Strauss makes a speciality of the competition among Wild Cat and Coyote to discover the that means and makes use of of gemellarity, or twinness, in local American tradition. the concept that of twin association that those stories exemplify is one in every of non-equivalence: every little thing has an contrary or different, with which it coexists in risky rigidity. against this, Lévi-Strauss argues, eu notions of twinness—as within the delusion of Castor and Pollux—stress the basic sameness of the twins. This basic cultural distinction lay in the back of the deadly conflict of eu and local American peoples.

The tale of Lynx addresses and clarifies all of the significant matters that experience occupied Lévi-Strauss for many years, and is the single one in every of his books during which he explicitly connects heritage and structuralism. the result's a piece that would attract these attracted to American Indian mythology.

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Download The Masks of God, Vol. 4: Creative Mythology by Joseph Campbell PDF

By Joseph Campbell

ISBN-10: 0140194401

ISBN-13: 9780140194401

This is often the ultimate quantity of "The mask of God" sequence. this actual ebook contains the interior tale of contemporary tradition, spanning our whole philosophical, religious and creative historical past because the darkish a while, and treating glossy man's distinct place because the writer of his personal mythology.

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Download The Ancient Mythology of Modern Science: A Mythologist Looks by Gregory Schrempp PDF

By Gregory Schrempp

ISBN-10: 0773539891

ISBN-13: 9780773539891

Humans have lengthy been captivated by means of mythology and theorized concerning the classes embedded of their stories. within the old Mythology of recent technology, Gregory Schrempp brings a mythologist's serious eye to renowned technological know-how writing, a flourishing style that kinds a key hyperlink among technological know-how and well known cognizance. Schrempp argues that the defining and beautiful attribute of this style isn't simplification or "dumbing-down," however the try and parlay medical findings into aesthetically and morally compelling visions that provide tips for humanity. Schrempp argues that during striving for inspirational visions, well known technology perpetually reproduces - with creative invention - the constructions, recommendations, and cosmic imagery that infuse conventional mythological perspectives of the cosmos. His declare demanding situations the common tendency to split fable and technological know-how. Schrempp considers either the highbrow heritage of mythography and urban examples from global mythologies together with old Greek, Oceanic, and local American. Schrempp's explorations span quite a number fields, together with astronomy, evolutionary biology, and cognitive technology. In a global educated, reworked, and infrequently mesmerized via technology, this e-book deals the 1st in-depth learn of renowned technological know-how writing from a mythologist's perspective.

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Download Earth Power: Techniques of Natural Magic by Scott Cunningham PDF

By Scott Cunningham

ISBN-10: 0875421210

ISBN-13: 9780875421216

The methods of magic are published in nature . . . The secrets and techniques are written in meandering streams and drifting clouds, whispered through the roaring ocean and cooling breeze, echoed via caves and rocks and forests. When you draw a middle within the sand, name at the 4 winds for information, or ask the rain to scrub away a foul behavior, you're training earth magic. by way of operating in concord with nature, we will rework ourselves, our lives, and our global. This tried-and-true consultant deals multiple hundred spells, rites, and easy rituals you could practice utilizing the strong power of the earth. Scott Cunningham used to be a significantly revered instructor and the most influential contributors of the fashionable Craft circulation. A practitioner of elemental magic for two decades, he wrote greater than fifty books, together with the seminal Wicca: A advisor for the Solitary Practitioner. 

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Download Living Folklore: An Introduction to the Study of People and by Martha Sims, Martine Stephens PDF

By Martha Sims, Martine Stephens

ISBN-10: 0874216117

ISBN-13: 9780874216110

Residing Folklore is a complete, simple creation to folklore because it is lived, shared and practiced in modern settings. Drawing on examples from diversified American teams and studies, this article supplies the scholar a robust foundation—from the field’s heritage and significant phrases to theories, interpretive ways, and fieldwork. Many academics of undergraduates locate the on hand folklore textbooks too advanced or unwieldy for an introductory point direction. it really is accurately this feedback that dwelling Folklore addresses; whereas accomplished and rigorous, the e-book is in particular meant to satisfy the desires of these scholars who're simply starting their research of the self-discipline. Its actual power lies in the way it combines conscientiously articulated foundational suggestions with appropriate examples and a student-oriented instructing philosophy.

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