American Indian Myths and Legends (Pantheon Fairy Tale & by Richard Erdoes, Alfonso Ortiz

By Richard Erdoes, Alfonso Ortiz

This outstanding assortment gathers a hundred and sixty stories from eighty tribal gathers to supply a wealthy and vigorous landscape of the local American mythic background. From all around the continent come stories of production and love, of heroes and struggle, of animals, tricksters, and the top of the realm. Alfonso Ortiz, an eminent anthropologist, and Richard Erdoes, an artist and grasp storyteller, Indian voices within the top folkloric assets of the 19th century to make this the main complete and actual quantity of yank Indian myths on hand anywhere.

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Though, Fox reminds us, Plutarch is also well aware of the oddness and Otherness to the Greek mind of many Roman traditions, as his work Roman Questions demonstrates (see pp. 000). 27. 164. 28. Art: Reid (1993); Hunger (1959). 29. Opera: Poduska (1999); Hunger (1959). 30. Barthe (1957: ‘Le Mythe, aujourd’hui’ (‘Myth today’)). 31. Lévi-Strauss and Eribon (1998: 107). 32. Frye (1957, 1963). 33. Cf. Durand (1992: 35–7). 34. For example, Jung and Kerényi (1951). 35. See Kerényi (1976a, 1976b). 36. See the ingenious solution of Sauzeau (2010).

Scenes such as the infancy of Romulus and Remus do appear occasionally, but for the most part we find the stories already familiar from Greek art and literature. Public art in Rome used myth to convey political and ideological messages, to glorify those who put works of art on display and demonstrate their connoisseurship (many of these artworks were plundered or otherwise acquired from Greece), and simply to entertain the public. In the decoration of lavish dining rooms, art could be used to transport guests into the virtual world of myth, an effect intensified when visual representations were complemented by dramatic re-enactments by actors.

Here was a rich seam of religious and mythological material, and one which bears interesting relation to Old Testament material. This is to be expected as the Canaanites are in effect the Phoenicians looked at through an Old Testament window. indd 7 2/2/2011 9:46:10 AM 8 Approaching Myth appears to have had on conceptions of the Underworld, or rather the Beyond, in the Odyssey are, unusually, brought together in CH. 20. These are the sorts of contexts in which the choices of Homer, and the mythology he represents, are made.

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