Myths of the World (Padraic Colum/Boris Artzybasheff)
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. With illustrations by Boris Arzybasheff
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“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
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