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Myth, Ritual and Religion — Volume 1   By: (1844-1912)

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Myth, Ritual and Religion — Volume 1 by Andrew Lang is a captivating journey into the world of ancient myths, rituals, and religious practices. With his impeccable research and insightful analysis, Lang presents a comprehensive study shedding light on the cultural and historical significance of these age-old traditions.

The book takes the reader on a quest to explore the essence of mythology and its integral role in human civilization. Lang skillfully delves into various mythologies from different time periods and cultures, demonstrating their shared themes and motifs. Not only does he provide compelling narratives of famous myths, such as those of Greek and Norse origin, but he also unearths lesser-known myths that are equally fascinating.

One of the book's strengths lies in Lang's ability to connect these myths to rituals and religious practices. He reveals the intricate relationship between myths and rituals, showcasing how these influential stories have shaped the religious beliefs and practices of ancient societies. Through this exploration, the reader gains a deeper understanding of the human need for meaning and purpose, as well as the role of myths in fulfilling these fundamental desires.

Lang's writing style is engaging and accessible, making this scholarly work approachable to both academic readers and those with a general interest in mythology and religion. His explanations are clear and concise, and he avoids excessive jargon, ensuring that readers from various backgrounds can easily grasp the concepts and ideas presented.

Moreover, Lang's research is meticulous, as he draws upon a wide range of sources, including ancient texts, archaeological findings, and comparative studies. This interdisciplinary approach strengthens the book's credibility and provides a wealth of knowledge for readers to absorb. With each chapter, Lang builds a solid foundation of information, leading to thought-provoking insights about the interconnectedness of myths, rituals, and religions.

Additionally, the inclusion of illustrations throughout the book enhances the reading experience. These visual references provide valuable context and enable readers to visualize the myths and rituals being discussed. The addition of these images adds another layer of depth to the narrative, further immersing the reader in the rich tapestry of ancient mythology.

While this volume primarily focuses on the overarching themes and concepts of myth, ritual, and religion, Lang effortlessly sets the stage for subsequent volumes, sparking curiosity and anticipation for further exploration.

In conclusion, Myth, Ritual and Religion — Volume 1 by Andrew Lang is an illuminating work that unravels the enigmatic world of mythology, rituals, and religions from various cultures. Lang's scholarship, coupled with his engaging writing style, ensures that readers are enthralled by the fascinating insights and connections made throughout the book. This volume serves as an excellent introduction to the topic, promising a captivating journey into the intricacies of ancient beliefs and practices.

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Volume One

By Andrew Lang





Definitions of religion Contradictory evidence "Belief in spiritual beings" Objection to Mr. Tylor's definition Definition as regards this argument Problem: the contradiction between religion and myth Two human moods Examples Case of Greece Ancient mythologists Criticism by Eusebius Modern mythological systems Mr. Max Muller Mannhardt.


Chapter I. recapitulated Proposal of a new method: Science of comparative or historical study of man Anticipated in part by Eusebius, Fontenelle, De Brosses, Spencer (of C. C. C., Cambridge), and Mannhardt Science of Tylor Object of inquiry: to find condition of human intellect in which marvels of myth are parts of practical everyday belief This is the savage state Savages described The wild element of myth a survival from the savage state Advantages of this method Partly accounts for wide DIFFUSION as well as ORIGIN of myths Connected with general theory of evolution Puzzling example of myth of the water swallower Professor Tiele's criticism of the method Objections to method, and answer to these See Appendix B... Continue reading book >>

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