Other Peoples' Myths: The Cave of Echoes

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University of Chicago Press, 1995 - 225 pagine
Other People's Myths celebrates the universal art of storytelling, and the rich diversity of stories that people live by. Drawing on Biblical parables, Greek myths, Hindu epics, and the modern mythologies of Woody Allen and soap operas, Wendy Doniger O'Flaherty encourages us to feel anew the force of myth and tradition in our lives, and in the lives of other cultures. She shows how the stories of mythology—whether of Greek gods, Chinese sages, or Polish rabbis—enable all cultures to define themselves. She raises critical questions about the way we interpret mythical stories, especially the way different cultures make use of central texts and traditions. And she offers a sophisticated way of looking at the roles myths play in all cultures.
 

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Introduction
Other Scholars Myths The Hunter and the Sage
1
Scholars and People
4
The Sages Myth
6
Fire and Ice
9
Academic Hardware and Religious Software
15
Other Peoples Lies The Cave of Echoes
19
The Cave of Archetypes
27
Daksha and Shiva
92
Pentheus and Dionysus
97
Myth with Ritual
105
Other Peoples Myths The Place in the Woods
113
The Theater of Myth
115
Ritual without Myth
119
Myth without Ritual
121
The Shock of Recognition
123

Myths and Classics
31
Other Peoples Classics Retelling the Mahabharata
39
Myth as Childs Play
48
Fluid and Fixed Texts in the East
50
Impermanence and Eternity in India
58
Other People as Animals Rudra Lord of Sacrificial Beasts
69
If I Were a Horse
70
Humans as Sacrificial Animals
76
Carnivorous Hunters and Vegetarian Sages
83
Animals as NonOthers
87
Other Peoples Rituals Daksha Pentheus and Jesus
91
Myths about Rituals
126
Other Peoples Lives The Rabbi from Cracow
129
The Rabbi from Cracow
131
Shooting at Pluralistic Ducks
135
The Audience inside the Story
141
The Recognition of Myth in Life
147
The Roundhouse of Myths
153
Notes
161
Bibliography
191
Index
201
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Informazioni sull'autore (1995)

Wendy Doniger O'Flaherty is the Mircea Eliade Professor of the History of Religions in the Divinity School and a professor in the Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations and the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago. She is the author of numerous books, including, most recently, The Woman Who Pretended to Be Who She Was.

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