Seven Story Tower: A Mythic Journey Through Space And Time
Basic Books, 7 janv. 2008 - 336 pages
From the white stag to the green knight, The Seven Story Tower examines how myth colors our perception of history, nature, and ourselves. Organized around seven key myths-representing the Irish, Greek, Sumerian, Indonesian, Amazonian, and Inuit cultures, as well as the fantasy world of J. R. R. Tolkien-this book is the perfect intro-duction to the common themes found in world mythology. Curtiss Hoffman, a noted archaeologist and anthropologist, takes us beyond the entertaining stories and uses insights from cultural anthropology and analytical psychology to analyze the many common themes found throughout. In particular, he examines the significance of names, numbers, plants, animals, the heavenly bodies, and the human body. The Seven Story Tower will enhance the reader's appreciation of myth's power today over our lives and cultures.
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Acteon ancient angakoq animals Arapaho archetype associated Babylonian body Books Bran brother Cashinawa century A.D. Chapter Cheyenne Christopher Tolkien Claude Lévi-Strauss Collective Unconscious context Corbis Cristo culture cylinder seal dance death decapitation depicted dragon dream Dream-time Dumuzi eagle Eärendil earth Enki Ereshkigal father female feminine Figure Fionn gods Greek myth Hainuwele head Hero human hunting hybris Iaça Iaça's Ibid idea Inanna incest Inuit isomorphous J.R.R. Tolkien Jensen Joseph Campbell Jung Jungian Jungian psychology king Kuniba Lévi-Strauss lives male means menstruation Mesopotamian Moon Morgoth mother motif mythic Mythology Nienor original Princeton psyche psychology rainbow Religion ritual Sacred Marriage Santo Sedna serpent sexual shamanic Silmarillion similar sister social society Story Five Story Four Story Six Story Three structure suggested Sumerian symbol tion trans transformation tree Túrin underworld University Press variants version of Story Wemale woman women Yale Babylonian Collection York
Page 54 - Finnegan, erse solid man, that the humptyhillhead of humself prumptly sends an unquiring one well to the west in quest of his tumptytumtoes: and their upturnpikepointandplace is at the knock out in the park where oranges have been laid to rust upon the green since devlinsfirst loved livvy.
Page 1 - This is the account of how all was in suspense, all calm, in silence; all motionless, still, and the expanse of the sky was empty. This is the first account, the first narrative. There was neither man, nor animal, birds, fishes, crabs, trees, stones, caves, ravines, grasses, nor forests; there was only the sky. The surface of the earth had not appeared. There was only the calm sea and the great expanse of the sky.
Page 12 - Concerning Mandala Symbolism' (1950), he writes: [The] basic motif is the premonition of a centre of personality, a kind of central point within the psyche, to which everything is related, by which everything is arranged, and which is itself a source of energy. The energy of the central point is manifested in the almost irresistible compulsion and urge to become what one is...
Page 224 - collective' because this part of the unconscious is not individual, but universal ; in contrast to the- personal psyche, it has contents and modes of behaviour that are more or less the same everywhere and in all individuals.
Page 148 - The only true wisdom", said the shaman Igjugarjuk, of whom I spoke to you in the last hour, "the only true wisdom lives far from mankind, out in the great loneliness, and it can be reached only through suffering. Privation and suffering alone can open the mind of a man to all that is hidden to others".
Page xv - Although the Freudian problem has ceased to be that of autochthony versus bisexual reproduction, it is still the problem of understanding how one can be born from two: How is it that we do not have only one procreator, but a mother plus a father? Therefore, not only Sophocles, but Freud himself, should be included among the recorded versions of the Oedipus myth on a par with earlier or seemingly more "authentic
Page 236 - ... at them he would see neither hairs nor weaving at all, but only the same and the flat. So with the Great Dance. Set your eyes on one movement and it will lead you through...
Page 210 - Time and again the alchemists reiterate that the opus proceeds from the one and leads back to the one, that it is a sort of circle like a dragon biting its own tail. For this reason the opus was often called circulare (circular) or rota (the wheel).
Page 28 - He threw the chip into the river, and it floated. The woman turned and picked up a stone, and said, "No, I will throw this stone in the river; if it floats we will always live, if it sinks people must die, that they may always be sorry for each other.
Page 144 - Water is the commonest symbol for the unconscious. The lake in the valley is the unconscious, which lies, as it were, underneath consciousness, so that it is often referred to as the "subconscious," usually with the pejorative connotation of an inferior consciousness. Water is the "valley spirit," the water dragon of Tao, whose nature resembles water — a yang embraced in the yin.