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American Indian Myths and Legends
by Richard Erdoes (Editor), Alfonso Ortiz (Editor)

Ancient Egyptian Myths and Legends
by Lewis Spence.

Asian Mythology: Myths and Legends of China, Japan, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia
by Rachel Storm.

Aztec and Mayan Myths
by Karl Taube

Bulfinch's Mythology
by Thomas Bulfinch
Book Description: For almost a century and a half, Bulfinch's Mythology has been the text by which the great tales of the gods and goddesses, Greek and Roman antiquity; Scandinavian, Celtic, and Oriental fables and myths; and the age of chivalry have been known.

The stories are divided into three sections: The Age of Fable or Stories of Gods and Heroes (first published in 1855); The Age of Chivalry (1858), which contains King Arthur and His Knights, The Mabinogeon, and The Knights of English History; and Legends of Charlemagne or Romance of the Middle Ages (1863). For the Greek myths, Bulfinch drew on Ovid and Virgil, and for the sagas of the north, from Mallet's Northern Antiquities. He provides lively versions of the myths of Zeus and Hera, Venus and Adonis, Daphne and Apollo, and their cohorts on Mount Olympus; the love story of Pygmalion and Galatea; the legends of the Trojan War and the epic wanderings of Ulysses and Aeneas; the joys of Valhalla and the furies of Thor; and the tales of Beowulf and Robin Hood. The tales are eminently readable. As Bulfinch wrote, "Without a knowledge of mythology much of the elegant literature of our own language cannot be understood and appreciated. . . . Our book is an attempt to solve this problem, by telling the stories of mythology in such a manner as to make them a source of amusement." 

Thomas Bulfinch, in his day job, was a clerk in the Merchant's Bank of Boston, an undemanding position that afforded him ample leisure time in which to pursue his other interests. In addition to serving as secretary of the Boston Society of Natural History, he thoroughly researched the myths and legends and copiously cross-referenced them with literature and art. As such, the myths are an indispensable guide to the cultural values of the nineteenth century; however, it is the vigor of the stories themselves that returns generation after generation to Bulfinch.
Paperback: 880 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.52 x 7.92 x 5.35
Modern Library; ISBN: 0375751475; Reprint edition (August )

Bulfinch's Mythology [CD-ROM edition]
by Thomas Bulfinch.

The Body of Myth : Mythology, Shamanic Trance, and the Sacred Geography of the Body
by J. Nigro Sansonese
The bulk of this book is devoted to Greco-Roman and Judeo-Christian prehistorical legends.
Paperback - 369 pages
Inner Traditions Intl Ltd; ISBN: 0892814098

The Complete Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm
by Jack Zipes (Translator), et al
Listed under Fairy Tales

The Complete Book of Incense, Oils & Brews
by Scott Cunningham (Preface), Victoria Poyser-Lisi (Illustrator)
Listed under Wicca

The Dogs of Myth: Tales from Around the World
by Gerald Hausman, Loretta Hausman, Barry Moser (illustrator)

The Mythology of Cats: Feline Legend and Lore Through the Ages
by Gerald Hausman, Loretta Hausman.

The Mythology of Dogs: Canine Legend and Lore Through the Ages
by Gerald Hausman, Loretta Hausman, Michael W. Fox.

Halloween: Customs, Recipes, Spells
by Silver Ravenwolf
Listed under Silver Ravenwolf

The Hero with a Thousand Faces (Mythos Books)
by Joseph Campbell
Originally written by Campbell in the '40s-- in his pre-Bill Moyers days -- and famous as George Lucas' inspiration for "Star Wars," this book will likewise inspire any writer or reader in its well considered assertion that while all stories have already been told, this is *not* a bad thing, since the *retelling* is still necessary. And while our own life's journey must always be ended alone, the travel is undertaken in the company not only of immediate loved ones and primal passion, but of the heroes and heroines -- and myth-cycles -- that have preceded us. Amazon.com
Paperback: 464 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.01 x 9.00 x 6.06
Princeton Univ Pr; ISBN: 0691017840; Reprint edition (March 1, 1972)

Indian Mythology : Myths & Legends of India, Tibet & Sri Lanka
by Rachel Storm
Listed under Indian Mythology

Little Red Riding Hood Uncloaked: Sex, Morality, and the Evolution of a Fairy Tale
by Catherine Orenstein
Choosing one of the few fairy tales that does not conclude with a wedding, Catherine Orenstein reinterprets the many versions of "Little Red Riding Hood" by setting the tale against the mores and values of its times. The result is a highly entertaining and interesting conversation about one of our best-known stories. 

Starting with the first-known published version, Orenstein points out Charles Perrault's lesson to young girls entering the lascivious and political court of Louis XIV. She traces the story further back to a shockingly playful rendition that includes bzous (werewolves) and cannibalism. In this version, she revives the symbolism that relates to the feminine by pointing out the odd questions of the bzou: "Which path are you taking... the path of needles or the path of pins?" Orenstein also takes a look at more modern versions, including Anne Sexton's poem "Red Riding Hood" and Matthew Bright's film Freeway, taking on, as she examines these and other modern versions of the old tale, the machismo wolf and the Gen-X grrrl. 

Though expansive in her research, Orenstein's interpretations are occasionally too simplistic. In "Grandmother's Tale," Riding Hood's cannibalistic meal of her grandmother is reduced to a "symbolic reminder that the old will be reborn in the young." There is nothing mentioned of the talking cat who decries Riding Hood, saying, "She is a slut who eats the flesh and drinks the blood of her granny!" But what Orenstein lacks in depth, she more than makes up for in her encompassing study. In all, 10 tales are examined, as well as a vast historical study of the times they were published. Written with lively prose, Orenstein has produced a book that will spark thought and conversation, encouraging readers to find the wolf, the grandmother, and the little girl within. --Karin Rosman - Amazon.com
Hardcover: 288 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.02 x 8.52 x 5.76
Basic Books; ISBN: 0465041256; (July 2, )

Llewellyn's Magical Almanac
by Llewellyn (Editor)
Listed under Llewellyn Calendars

The Power of Myth
by Joseph Campbell, et al
Among his many gifts, Joseph Campbell's most impressive was the unique ability to take a contemporary situation, such as the murder and funeral of President John F. Kennedy, and help us understand its impact in the context of ancient mythology. Herein lies the power of The Power of Myth, showing how humans are apt to create and live out the themes of mythology. Based on a six-part PBS television series hosted by Bill Moyers, this classic is especially compelling because of its engaging question-and-answer format, creating an easy, conversational approach to complicated and esoteric topics. For example, when discussing the mythology of heroes, Campbell and Moyers smoothly segue from the Sumerian sky goddess Inanna to Star Wars' mercenary-turned-hero, Han Solo. Most impressive is Campbell's encyclopedic knowledge of myths, demonstrated in his ability to recall the details and archetypes of almost any story, from any point and history, and translate it into a lesson for spiritual living in the here and now. --Gail Hudson - Amazon.com
Paperback: 293 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.68 x 8.02 x 5.20 
Anchor; ISBN: 0385418868; Reissue edition (July 1991)

The Sorcerer's Companion: A Guide to the Magical World of Harry Potter
by Allan Zola Kronzek, Elizabeth Kronzek
Listed under Harry Potter Books

Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner
by Scott Cunningham
Listed under Wicca

Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes
by Edith Hamilton
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.05 x 6.77 x 4.23
Warner Books; ISBN: 0446607258;
 

Baksheesh and Brahman: Asian Journals, India (Campbell, Joseph, Works.)
by Joseph Campbell
Book Description: After ten years of intensive study of Indian art and philosophy, Joseph Campbell, at 50, finally embarked on a journey to India. Searching for the transcendent (Brahman), he found instead stark realities: growing nationalism, religious rivalry, poverty, and a prevalent culture of what he called "baksheesh," or alms. This journal chronicles the disillusionment and revelation that would change the course of Campbell’s life and study, and his transition from professor to counterculture icon....
Hardcover: 400 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.41 x 8.75 x 5.82
New World Library; ISBN: 1577312376; 2 edition (October )

Mythology
by Edith Hamilton
Edith Hamilton loved the ancient Western myths with a passion--and this classic compendium is her tribute. "The tales of Greek mythology do not throw any clear light upon what early mankind was like," Hamilton explains in her introduction. "They do throw an abundance of light upon what early Greeks were like--a matter, it would seem, of more importance to us, who are their descendents intellectually, artistically, and politically. Nothing we learn about them is alien to ourselves." Fans of Greek mythology will find all the great stories and characters here--Perseus, Hercules, and Odysseus--each discussed in generous detail by the voice of an impressively knowledgeable and engaging (with occasional lapses) narrator. This is also an excellent primer for middle- and high-school students who are studying ancient Greek and Roman culture and literature. --Gail Hudson - Amazon.com
Paperback: 497 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.31 x 8.32 x 5.84
Back Bay Books; ISBN: 0316341517;

Myths to Live by
by Joseph Campbell
Paperback: 276 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.56 x 8.45 x 5.51
Arkana; ISBN: 0140194614; Reprint edition (February 1993)

A Joseph Campbell Companion: Reflections on the Art of Living
by Diane K. Osbon (Editor), Diane K. Osborn (Editor)
Paperback: 320 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.85 x 8.02 x 4.49
Harper Perennial; ISBN: 0060926171; Reprint edition (June )

Way to Rainy Mountain
by N. Scott Momaday, Al Momaday (Illustrator)
Listed under Kiowa

Green Witchcraft II: Balancing Light & Shadow
by Aoumiel, Ann Moura
(Paperback -- February )

Charms, Spells, and Formulas
by Ray T. Malbrough, Bill Fugate (Illustrator)
(Paperback -- July 1986)

The Great Fairy Tale Tradition: From Straparola and Basile to the Brothers Grimm (Norton Critical Editions)
by Jack Zipes (Editor)
Listed under Fairy Tales

An Encyclopedia of Archetypal Symbolism, Vol. 1: The Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism (ARAS)
by Beverly Moon (editor)

Gods and Myths of Northern Europe
by H.R. Ellis Davidson.

Gods, Demons and Symbols of Ancient Mesopotamia: An Illustrated Dictionary
by Jeremy Black, Anthony Green, Tessa Tickards (Illustrator).

The Greek Myths
by Robert Graves
Listed under Greek & Roman Mythology

Hawaiian Mythology
by Martha Warren Beckwith, Katharine Luomala (Illustrator).

Jung on Mythology
by Robert A. Segal (Editor), Carl Gustav Jung

Legends of the Plumed Serpent: Biography of a Mexican God
by Neil Baldwin.

The Myth and Ritual Theory
by Robert A. Segal (Editor)

Navajo Indian Myths
by Aileen O'Bryan.

The Norse Myths
by Kevin Crossley-Holland (Editor).

The Emerald Lizard: Fifteen Latin American Tales to Tell in English and Spanish
by Pleasant Despain, et al
(Paperback -- August )
 
 
 

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