|Pages/Publication Date:||354 / 1994|
Myth is an eternal mirror in which we see ourselves, suggests classical scholar J.F. Bierlein, who points out here that for as long as human beings have had language, they have had myths, the foundation of all history and shared morality. In addition to explaining the origins and significance of mythology, Bierlein explores the underlying similarities of these tales—whether from Hawaii or Ireland, Tibet or New Zealand—and compares them to Judeo-Christian traditions, while providing an introduction to the stories associated with the Greeks, Romans, Norse, Indians, Egyptians, Native Americans, and Aztecs. Bierlein's thoughtfully arranged book is largely an anthology, and retells myths explaining the creation of the universe, the great flood, the nature of death and the afterlife, and the end of the world.