Myths of the World
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Myths of the World

A treasure trove of stories from the ancient world, retold by one of Ireland’s greatest storytellers.

This classic collection of myths and legends includes stories from all the major ancient civilizations, and some lesser known ones: Egypt and Greece, and Babylon and Rome, alongside Ireland and Iceland, India and Finland, China and Japan, Mexico, Peru and Polynesia. The tales range from creation stories to heroic epics, and feature Isis, Gilgamesh, Hercules and Pandora, to name but a few.

This edition faithfully preserves Padraic Colum’s original language. His lyrical rhythm and melody represent the very best of traditional storytelling.

CONTENTS:

“The Significance of Mythology” by Padraic Colum

Egyptian:
Osiris and Iris
Ra, his Going-Down and Uprising

Babylonian:
In the Beginning
Gilgamesh
The Story of Utnapishtim and of the Deluge that Destroyed all that was on the Earth
Ishtar’s Descent into the World Below

Persian:
Jemshid the Resplendent

Jewish post-Christian Period:
The Angels and the Creation and Fall of Man
The Confounding of the Angel of Death

Greek:
In the Beginning
Prometheus
Pandora
Demeter
Orpheus
Dionysos
Apollo
Herakles

Roman:
The Children of Mars
Numa the Law-Giver
The Sibyl
Pomona and Vertumnus

Greco-Roman:
Cupid and Psyche

Celtic:
Irish: Midir and Etain
The Death of Conaire Mor, the King of Ireland
The Voyage of Bran to the Land of the Immortals
Welsh: Pwyll, Prince of Dyfed and his Visit to Annwn, the Realm of Faerie
Math, the Son of Mathonwy

Finnish:
Lemminkainen, his Destruction and his Restoration to Life

Icelandic:
In the Beginning
The Building of the wall
Mimir
Balder
Loki’s Punishment
The Children of Loki
Ragnarok, the Fate of the Gods

Indian:
Vedic: The Heavenly Nymph and her Mortal Husband
Epic: The Churning of the Ocean
The Birth of the Ganges
Savitri and the Lord of Death
Damayanti’s Choice
Buddhist: Gotama’s Attainment

Chinese:
In the Beginning
The Weaver Maiden and the Herdsman

Japanese:
The Sun Goddess and the Storm God and the Strife there was Between them
The First People

Polynesian:
In the Beginning
Maui the Fire Bringer
How Maui Strove to Win Immortality for All Creatures
Pele, Hawaii’s Goddess of Volcanic Fire

Peruvian:
Viracocha
The Llama-herder and the Virgin of the Sun

Central American and Mexican:
In the Beginning
The Twin Heroes and the lords of Xibalba
Quetzalcoatl
Quetzalcoatl’s Enemy
The Gods of the Aztecs
The Aztecs

Zuni:
Paiyatuma and the Maidens of the Corn

About the Author

Padraic Colum (1881–1972) was born in Longford, Ireland, and typifies the best of the early twentieth-century renaissance of Irish literary. His books for children have delighted several generations, and they are as welcome today as they were when first published. For his contribution to children’s literature, in 1961 he was awarded the Regina Medal by the Catholic Literary Association.

Additional information

Weight 19 oz
Dimensions 6 × 1 × 9 in
Author

Illustrator

Boris Artzybasheff

ISBN13

9780863153655

Published

January 2002

Format

Paperback

Pages

328

Ages

5 – 12 years

Publisher

Floris Books

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