Myth and Mortality

Myth and Mortality

Author: Willson Harry (author)


ISBN: 1466002832


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An Amazonian Myth and Its History

An Amazonian Myth and Its History

Taking these three myths together , we find that there are three kinds of mortality here : there is the death - defying miraculousness of Tsla , the ordinary mortality of Piro people , and the extreme mortality of the Kochmaloto Women .

Author: Peter Gow

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0199241961

Category: Social Science

Page: 364

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Peter Gow unites the ethnographic data collected by the fieldwork methods invented by Malinowski with Levi-Strauss's analyses of the relations between myth and time. His book is an analysis of a century of social transformation in an indigenous Amazonian society, the Piro people of PeruvianAmazonia, taking as its starting point a single myth told to the author by a Piro man. Gow explores Piro history and ethnography outwards into the domains of myth-telling in general, and following the logic of certain important myths, further out into important domains of Piro experience such asvisual art, shamanry and girls' initiation ritual. All of these domains, like the myths themselves, have been demonstrably changing over the period since the 1880s. The book then shows how these changes are in fact transformations of transformations, changes in social forms that are intrinsicallyabout change. The logic of these changes are then followed through the historical circumstances of Piro people from the 1880s to the 1980s, to show how the intrinsically transformational nature of Piro social forms led them to respond in the ways that they did to the coming of rubber bosses,missionaries, and film-makers.This book makes an important contribution to debates in anthropology on the nature of history and social change, as well as addressing neglected areas such as myth, visual art, and the methodological issues involved in addressing fieldwork and archival data.
Categories: Social Science

The City of the Gods

The City of the Gods

In The City of the Gods, John S. Dunne traces humanity's political and social mythologies from ancient Sumer to the present, showing how they reflect the diverse responses of each era to the inevitability of death.

Author: John S. Dunne


ISBN: UOM:39076006838473

Category: Death

Page: 268

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In The City of the Gods, John S. Dunne traces humanity's political and social mythologies from ancient Sumer to the present, showing how they reflect the diverse responses of each era to the inevitability of death.
Categories: Death

The Mythology of Crime and Criminal Justice

The Mythology of Crime and Criminal Justice

If the stress and mortality myths were accurate, we would expect to find that officers who stayed in policing longer had shorter lives after retirement because of the toll exacted from fighting crime. Myths associated with police ...

Author: Victor E. Kappeler

Publisher: Waveland Press

ISBN: 9781478636021

Category: Social Science

Page: 530

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The social construction of crime is often out of proportion to the threat posed. The media and advocacy groups shine a spotlight on some crimes and ignore others. Street crime is highlighted as putting everyone at risk of victimization, while the greater social harms from corporate malfeasance receive far less attention. Social arrangements dictate what is defined as crime and the punishments for those who engage in the proscribed behavior. Interest groups promote their agendas by appealing to public fears. Justifications often have no basis in fact, but the public accepts the exaggerations and blames the targeted offenders. The net-widening effect of more laws and more punishment catches those least able to defend themselves. This innovative alternative to traditional textbooks provides insightful observations of myths and trends in criminal justice. Fourteen chapters challenge misconceptions about specific crimes or aspects of the criminal justice system. Kappeler and Potter dissect popular images of crimes and criminals in a cogent, compelling, and engaging manner. They trace the social construction of each issue and identify the misleading statistics and fears that form the basis of myths—and the collateral damage of basing policies on mythical beliefs. The authors encourage skepticism about commonly accepted beliefs, offer readers a fresh perspective, and urge them to analyze important issues from novel vantage points.
Categories: Social Science

Thematic Guide to World Mythology

Thematic Guide to World Mythology

The myths of some peoples account for death by acknowledging it as a necessary means of affording adequate space for ... and , although they find ample space there , they also discover that mortality is its cost , for , as in the tale ...

Author: Lorena Laura Stookey

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 0313315051

Category: Social Science

Page: 264

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Examines reoccurring themes and patterns in the mythologies of many ancient and modern cultures.
Categories: Social Science

Mortality s Muse

Mortality s Muse

Nietzsche presents two contrasting myths, the pagan myth of Prometheus, which he calls masculine, and the Judeo-Christian myth of the Fall in Genesis, which he calls feminine. Both involve disobedience to divine authority.

Author: D. T. Siebert

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781611494556

Category: Social Science

Page: 158

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D.T. Siebert’s Mortality’s Muse demonstrates how art, literature in particular, addresses that most fundamental of human fears—mortal anxiety. Various aspects of culture and thought come into play: from the psychological, theological, and philosophical to the literary, all brought together under the idea and ideal of the aesthetic.
Categories: Social Science

Getting Old Well Maybe Just a Little

Getting Old  Well  Maybe Just a Little

These questions are answered by the 92-year-old Harlan Carl Scheffler, who reflected on them in two essays written just before he passed away in April 2014.

Author: Harlan Carl Scheffler

Publisher: George Ronald

ISBN: 0853985847

Category: Self-Help

Page: 78

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What is it like to get old, then older, and move into a nursing home or care facility? What is happening to us as we face idle times and experience the need for special and determinate care? What happens next? Is life immortal? Although much has been written about the aging process, little has been written by one who is actually experiencing the process of dying. These questions are answered by the 92-year-old Harlan Carl Scheffler, who reflected on them in two essays written just before he passed away in April 2014. In his first essay Scheffler takes a humorous look at the interval between becoming aged and dying, a time, he says, that can be most rewarding. It is time when we can review our own lives and can learn what others have experienced through their span of years - and it can be most enjoyable and enlightening to family and friends. His second essay examines the evidence for life's immortality; it is treated as the natural adjunct, the extension and expansion of the initial phase of our lives, not the end. Surprisingly, he discovers that employing the light shed by today's technologies, we are assured that death truly is impossible.
Categories: Self-Help

Japanese Mythology and the Primeval World

Japanese Mythology and the Primeval World

COSMOGENESIS AND CHRONOGENESIS We have been comparing the principle of stone-plant duality as seen in the Ninigi myth with its expression in other cultures. Ninigi's myth relates the origin of mortality at the human level.

Author: Peter Metevelis

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 9780595497119

Category: History

Page: 618

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The Japanese have faithfully preserved their ancient myths as a connected and well ordered system. And as a system, Japanese myths say much about the human condition in the cosmos and about the human place in the cosmic order. Not until now has a book-length, English-language study been released on Japanese mythology. Drawing on his meticulous research, Asianist Peter Metevelis presents this selection of analytic essays that form a mosaic of themes on the primordial world of Japanese myth, adding a rewarding voice to cultural history and the history of ideas around the world. Metevelis shows that, contrary to popular belief, Japanese myths have much in common with other myths around the globe, and are mythically, logically, and symbolically equivalent. This suggests that Japanese culture has always resonated with the rest of the world and provides a valuable touchstone for comparative mythologists. The mythic themes Metevelis explores include: Linkage of birth with death Loss of immortality Containment of souls Effect of time on mortals Creation of the cosmos And many more This incomparable volume also includes detailed notes, bibliographies, and appendices to help further your knowledge of Japanese myth. Under Metevelis's expert guidance, you can expand your understanding of the Japanese myth system, its structure, and its principal actors, and immerse yourself in the ancient Japanese mysteries of the cosmos.
Categories: History

Into the Myths

Into the Myths

The Egyptian Culture was so much Nature-centric that they believed in the concept of mortality to the fullest. The concept of mortality is more dominant than immortality in Egyptian mythology. Mortality and transience were so deeply ...

Author: Debalina

Publisher: Partridge Publishing

ISBN: 9781543705768

Category: Fiction

Page: 148

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“Into the Myths” presents an analytical perspective of ancient and Indian Mythology. It goes beyond the traditional realm of beliefs and understanding to delve deep into Rationalism. The rationale behind writing this book is to demystify the mystic and interpret fantasy in Epics and Mythologies with a realistic approach. With an aim to decode that which is fantastical and delineate meaningful interpretation relating with reality, this book covers a wide range of mythologies and provides scientific interpretation of the subject. Readers may expect discussions related to Symbols, popular ancient mythologies like Indian, Egyptian, Babylonian, Greek, and Roman etc and primary epics like Ramayana, Mahabharata, and Iliad. This book is a collection of her published and unpublished research papers and articles on the unexplored and unrecognized aspects of mythology, epic and archetypes with a rational, realistic and scientific approach.
Categories: Fiction