Eastern Mythology Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism)

Clark, R. T. Rundle. Myth and Symbol in Ancient Egypt. London: Thames & Hudson, 1959, 292 p.

Surveys the major themes and figures of Egyptian mythology.

Cooper, W. R. An Archaic Dictionary: Biographical, Historical, and Mythological. London: Samuel Bagster and Sons, 1876, 295 p.

An index of names from a wide range of cultural tradition; includes not only mythological heroes, gods, and creatures, but geographical and historical references.

Fergusson, James. Tree and Serpent Worship: Illustrations of Mythology and Art in India in the First and Fourth Centuries after Christ. Delhi: Oriental Publishers, 1971, 247 p.

Presents and discusses the significance and scope of tree and serpent worship in ancient India.

Griffiths, J. Gwyn. The Conflict of Horus and Seth from Egyptian and Classical Sources. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 1960, 182 p.

Studies the primal conflict between Horus and Seth in Egyptian mythology and chronicles the portrayal of this conflict in ancient and medieval European scholarship.

Kirk, G. S. Myth: Its Meaning and Functions in Ancient and Other Cultures. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1970, 299 p.

Traces the relationship between myth and the larger cultural contexts of history, ritual and social institutions, particularly in ancient Near Eastern civilizations.

Kramer, Samuel Noah. Sumerian Mythology: A Study of Spiritual and Literary Achievement in the Third Millenium B.C. rev. ed. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1972, 130 p.

Reviews the primary myths of Sumerian culture, with particular focus on origin myths.

Piatigorsky, Alexander. Mythological Deliberations: Lectures on the Phenomenology of Myth. London: University of London Press, 1993, 218 p.

Investigates the relation between myth and philosophy, and the significance of myth as a component of cultural heritage.

Poolthupya, Srisurang. "Thai Customs and Social Values in the Ramakien." In Nation and Mythology, edited by Wolfram Eberhard, Krzystof Gawlikowski, and Carl-Albrecht Seyschab, pp. 97-119. Bremen, West Germany: Simon & Magiera Publishers, 1983.

Contrasts the norms and values expressed in the eighteenth-century Thai epic Ramakien with those of the ancient Indian Ramayana.

Wilson, J. V. Kinnier. "Stories of the Heroic Age," pp. 77-91. In The Rebel Lands: An Investigation into the Origins of Early Mesopotamian Mythology. Cam-bridge University Press, 1979.

Investigates the historical grounding of the Gilgmesh and Lugalbanda narratives from Sumerian mythology and explains the importance of natural phenomena in these myths.