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mythology ::: n. --> The science which treats of myths; a treatise on myths.
A body of myths; esp., the collective myths which describe the gods of a heathen people; as, the mythology of the Greeks.

mythology ::: n. --> The science which treats of myths; a treatise on myths.
A body of myths; esp., the collective myths which describe the gods of a heathen people; as, the mythology of the Greeks.

Mythology: The organized body of the myths of peoples or races having a common tradition and inheritance. Also, the study of myths, their origin and nature.

mythology, became in Jewish lore the angel Hermesiel and identified with David, “sweet singer

mythology, the source of 365 emanations. The

Mythology and reproduced on p. 68.

Mythology Folklore and Symbols.]

mythology, the angel of February; also ruler of

mythology, where he is Jupiter or Jove.

mythology, they are the creators of the world.

mythology) holding in his hand the pail of lustral

Mythology. New York: Heritage Press, 1942.

mythology: An arrangement of stories about the gods, often overtly religious in nature, that were once believed to be true by a specific cultural group.

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1:Mythology is not a lie, mythology is poetry, it is metaphorical. It has been well said that mythology is the penultimate truth--penultimate because the ultimate cannot be put into words. It is beyond words. Beyond images, beyond that bounding rim of the Buddhist Wheel of Becoming. Mythology pitches the mind beyond that rim, to what can be known but not told. ~ Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth ,
2:I would like to tell you that an enlightened essence is present in everyone. It is present in every state, both samsara and nirvana, and in all sentient beings; there is no exception. Experience your buddha nature, make it your constant practice, and you will reach enlightenment. In my lifetime I have known many, many people who attained such and enlightened state, both male and female. Awakening to enlightenment is not an ancient fable. It is not mythology. It actually does happen. Bring the oral instructions into your own practical experience and enlightenment is indeed possible; it is not just a fairy tale. ~ Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche,
3:So one of the things I do when a client comes is I just do a rough walk through of those dimensions its like does anybody care if youre alive or dead, you know, do you have any friends, do you have anybody that loves you, do you have an intimate relationship, how are things going with your family, do you have a job, are you as educated as you are intelligent, do you have any room for advancement in the future, do you do anything interesting outside of your job and if the answer to all of those is no.. its like your not depressed my friend you just are screwed. really. ~ Jordan Peterson, Narrative.php">015_Maps_of_Meaning.php">_Narrative Neuropsychology & Mythology II / Part 1,
4:Shakespeare said that art is a mirror held up to nature. And that's what it is. The nature is your nature, and all of these wonderful poetic images of mythology are referring to something in you. When your mind is trapped by the image out there so that you never make the reference to yourself, you have misread the image.The inner world is the world of your requirements and your energies and your structure and your possibilities that meets the outer world. And the outer world is the field of your incarnation. That's where you are. You've got to keep both going. As Novalis said, 'The seat of the soul is there where the inner and outer worlds meet. ~ Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth ,
5:Theres another class of people and I would say this is one of the pathologies of being creative so if your a high open person and you have all those things its not going to be enough. you are going to have to pick another domain where you are working on something positive and revolutiony because like the creative impulse for someone who is open we know it is a fundamental personallity dimension, ... and if the ones who are high in openness arent doing something creative they are like dead sticks adn cant live properly. And I think those are the people who benefit particularly from depth psychological approaches, especially Jungian approaches. ~ Jordan Peterson, Narrative.php">015_Maps_of_Meaning.php">_Narrative Neuropsychology & Mythology II / Part 1,
6:The Apsaras are the most beautiful and romantic conception on the lesser plane of Hindu mythology. From the moment that they arose out of the waters of the milky Ocean, robed in ethereal raiment and heavenly adornment, waking melody from a million lyres, the beauty and light of them has transformed the world. They crowd in the sunbeams, they flash and gleam over heaven in the lightnings, they make the azure beauty of the sky; they are the light of sunrise and sunset and the haunting voices of forest and field. They dwell too in the life of the soul; for they are the ideal pursued by the poet through his lines, by the artist shaping his soul on his canvas, by the sculptor seeking a form in the marble; for the joy of their embrace the hero flings his life into the rushing torrent of battle; the sage, musing upon God, sees the shining of their limbs and falls from his white ideal. The delight of life, the beauty of things, the attraction of sensuous beauty, this is what the mystic and romantic side of the Hindu temperament strove to express in the Apsara. The original meaning is everywhere felt as a shining background, but most in the older allegories, especially the strange and romantic legend of Pururavas as we first have it in the Brahmanas and the Vishnoupurana. ~ Sri Aurobindo,
7:Daemons A daemon is a process that runs in the background, not connecting to any controlling terminal. Daemons are normally started at boot time, are run as root or some other special user (such as apache or postfix), and handle system-level tasks. As a convention, the name of a daemon often ends in d (as in crond and sshd), but this is not required, or even universal. The name derives from Maxwell's demon, an 1867 thought experiment by the physicist James Maxwell. Daemons are also supernatural beings in Greek mythology, existing somewhere between humans and the gods and gifted with powers and divine knowledge. Unlike the demons of Judeo-Christian lore, the Greek daemon need not be evil. Indeed, the daemons of mythology tended to be aides to the gods, performing tasks that the denizens of Mount Olympus found themselves unwilling to do-much as Unix daemons perform tasks that foreground users would rather avoid. A daemon has two general requirements: it must run as a child of init, and it must not be connected to a terminal. In general, a program performs the following steps to become a daemon: 1. Call fork( ). This creates a new process, which will become the daemon. 2. In the parent, call exit( ). This ensures that the original parent (the daemon's grandparent) is satisfied that its child terminated, that the daemon's parent is no longer running, and that the daemon is not a process group leader. This last point is a requirement for the successful completion of the next step. 3. Call setsid( ), giving the daemon a new process group and session, both of which have it as leader. This also ensures that the process has no associated controlling terminal (as the process just created a new session, and will not assign one). 4. Change the working directory to the root directory via chdir( ). This is done because the inherited working directory can be anywhere on the filesystem. Daemons tend to run for the duration of the system's uptime, and you don't want to keep some random directory open, and thus prevent an administrator from unmounting the filesystem containing that directory. 5. Close all file descriptors. You do not want to inherit open file descriptors, and, unaware, hold them open. 6. Open file descriptors 0, 1, and 2 (standard in, standard out, and standard error) and redirect them to /dev/null. Following these rules, here is a program that daemonizes itself: ~ OReilly Linux System Programming,
8:INVOCATION The ultimate invocation, that of Kia, cannot be performed. The paradox is that as Kia has no dualized qualities, there are no attributes by which to invoke it. To give it one quality is merely to deny it another. As an observant dualistic being once said: I am that I am not. Nevertheless, the magician may need to make some rearrangements or additions to what he is. Metamorphosis may be pursued by seeking that which one is not, and transcending both in mutual annihilation. Alternatively, the process of invocation may be seen as adding to the magician's psyche any elements which are missing. It is true that the mind must be finally surrendered as one enters fully into Chaos, but a complete and balanced psychocosm is more easily surrendered. The magical process of shuffling beliefs and desires attendant upon the process of invocation also demonstrates that one's dominant obsessions or personality are quite arbitrary, and hence more easily banished. There are many maps of the mind (psychocosms), most of which are inconsistent, contradictory, and based on highly fanciful theories. Many use the symbology of god forms, for all mythology embodies a psychology. A complete mythic pantheon resumes all of man's mental characteristics. Magicians will often use a pagan pantheon of gods as the basis for invoking some particular insight or ability, as these myths provide the most explicit and developed formulation of the particular idea's extant. However it is possible to use almost anything from the archetypes of the collective unconscious to the elemental qualities of alchemy. If the magician taps a deep enough level of power, these forms may manifest with sufficient force to convince the mind of the objective existence of the god. Yet the aim of invocation is temporary possession by the god, communication from the god, and manifestation of the god's magical powers, rather than the formation of religious cults. The actual method of invocation may be described as a total immersion in the qualities pertaining to the desired form. One invokes in every conceivable way. The magician first programs himself into identity with the god by arranging all his experiences to coincide with its nature. In the most elaborate form of ritual he may surround himself with the sounds, smells, colors, instruments, memories, numbers, symbols, music, and poetry suggestive of the god or quality. Secondly he unites his life force to the god image with which he has united his mind. This is accomplished with techniques from the gnosis. Figure 5 shows some examples of maps of the mind. Following are some suggestions for practical ritual invocation. ~ Peter J Carroll, Liber Null ,
9:Ekajaṭī or Ekajaṭā, (Sanskrit: "One Plait Woman"; Wylie: ral gcig ma: one who has one knot of hair),[1] also known as Māhacīnatārā,[2] is one of the 21 Taras. Ekajati is, along with Palden Lhamo deity, one of the most powerful and fierce goddesses of Vajrayana Buddhist mythology.[1][3] According to Tibetan legends, her right eye was pierced by the tantric master Padmasambhava so that she could much more effectively help him subjugate Tibetan demons. Ekajati is also known as "Blue Tara", Vajra Tara or "Ugra Tara".[1][3] She is generally considered one of the three principal protectors of the Nyingma school along with Rāhula and Vajrasādhu (Wylie: rdo rje legs pa). Often Ekajati appears as liberator in the mandala of the Green Tara. Along with that, her ascribed powers are removing the fear of enemies, spreading joy, and removing personal hindrances on the path to enlightenment. Ekajati is the protector of secret mantras and "as the mother of the mothers of all the Buddhas" represents the ultimate unity. As such, her own mantra is also secret. She is the most important protector of the Vajrayana teachings, especially the Inner Tantras and termas. As the protector of mantra, she supports the practitioner in deciphering symbolic dakini codes and properly determines appropriate times and circumstances for revealing tantric teachings. Because she completely realizes the texts and mantras under her care, she reminds the practitioner of their preciousness and secrecy.[4] Düsum Khyenpa, 1st Karmapa Lama meditated upon her in early childhood. According to Namkhai Norbu, Ekajati is the principal guardian of the Dzogchen teachings and is "a personification of the essentially non-dual nature of primordial energy."[5] Dzogchen is the most closely guarded teaching in Tibetan Buddhism, of which Ekajati is a main guardian as mentioned above. It is said that Sri Singha (Sanskrit: Śrī Siṃha) himself entrusted the "Heart Essence" (Wylie: snying thig) teachings to her care. To the great master Longchenpa, who initiated the dissemination of certain Dzogchen teachings, Ekajati offered uncharacteristically personal guidance. In his thirty-second year, Ekajati appeared to Longchenpa, supervising every ritual detail of the Heart Essence of the Dakinis empowerment, insisting on the use of a peacock feather and removing unnecessary basin. When Longchenpa performed the ritual, she nodded her head in approval but corrected his pronunciation. When he recited the mantra, Ekajati admonished him, saying, "Imitate me," and sang it in a strange, harmonious melody in the dakini's language. Later she appeared at the gathering and joyously danced, proclaiming the approval of Padmasambhava and the dakinis.[6] ~ Wikipedia,
10:Sweet Mother, there's a flower you have named "The Creative Word".Yes.What does that mean?It is the word which creates.There are all kinds of old traditions, old Hindu traditions, old Chaldean traditions in which the Divine, in the form of the Creator, that is, in His aspect as Creator, pronounces a word which has the power to create. So it is this... And it is the origin of the mantra. The mantra is the spoken word which has a creative power. An invocation is made and there is an answer to the invocation; or one makes a prayer and the prayer is granted. This is the Word, the Word which, in its sound... it is not only the idea, it is in the sound that there's a power of creation. It is the origin, you see, of the mantra.In Indian mythology the creator God is Brahma, and I think that it was precisely his power which has been symbolised by this flower, "The Creative Word". And when one is in contact with it, the words spoken have a power of evocation or creation or formation or transformation; the words... sound always has a power; it has much more power than men think. It may be a good power and it may be a bad power. It creates vibrations which have an undeniable effect. It is not so much the idea as the sound; the idea too has its own power, but in its own domain - whereas the sound has a power in the material world.I think I have explained this to you once; I told you, for example, that words spoken casually, usually without any re- flection and without attaching any importance to them, can be used to do something very good. I think I spoke to you about "Bonjour", "Good Day", didn't I? When people meet and say "Bonjour", they do so mechanically and without thinking. But if you put a will into it, an aspiration to indeed wish someone a good day, well, there is a way of saying "Good Day" which is very effective, much more effective than if simply meeting someone you thought: "Ah! I hope he has a good day", without saying anything. If with this hope in your thought you say to him in a certain way, "Good Day", you make it more concrete and more effective.It's the same thing, by the way, with curses, or when one gets angry and says bad things to people. This can do them as much harm - more harm sometimes - than if you were to give them a slap. With very sensitive people it can put their stomach out of order or give them palpitation, because you put into it an evil force which has a power of destruction.It is not at all ineffective to speak. Naturally it depends a great deal on each one's inner power. People who have no strength and no consciousness can't do very much - unless they employ material means. But to the extent that you are strong, especially when you have a powerful vital, you must have a great control on what you say, otherwise you can do much harm. Without wanting to, without knowing it; through ignorance.Anything? No? Nothing?Another question?... Everything's over? ~ The Mother, Questions And Answers 1955 347-349,
11:The ancient Mesopotamians and the ancient Egyptians had some very interesting, dramatic ideas about that. For example-very briefly-there was a deity known as Marduk. Marduk was a Mesopotamian deity, and imagine this is sort of what happened. As an empire grew out of the post-ice age-15,000 years ago, 10,000 years ago-all these tribes came together. These tribes each had their own deity-their own image of the ideal. But then they started to occupy the same territory. One tribe had God A, and one tribe had God B, and one could wipe the other one out, and then it would just be God A, who wins. That's not so good, because maybe you want to trade with those people, or maybe you don't want to lose half your population in a war. So then you have to have an argument about whose God is going to take priority-which ideal is going to take priority.What seems to happen is represented in mythology as a battle of the gods in celestial space. From a practical perspective, it's more like an ongoing dialog. You believe this; I believe this. You believe that; I believe this. How are we going to meld that together? You take God A, and you take God B, and maybe what you do is extract God C from them, and you say, 'God C now has the attributes of A and B.' And then some other tribes come in, and C takes them over, too. Take Marduk, for example. He has 50 different names, at least in part, of the subordinate gods-that represented the tribes that came together to make the civilization. That's part of the process by which that abstracted ideal is abstracted. You think, 'this is important, and it works, because your tribe is alive, and so we'll take the best of both, if we can manage it, and extract out something, that's even more abstract, that covers both of us.'I'll give you a couple of Marduk's interesting features. He has eyes all the way around his head. He's elected by all the other gods to be king God. That's the first thing. That's quite cool. They elect him because they're facing a terrible threat-sort of like a flood and a monster combined. Marduk basically says that, if they elect him top God, he'll go out and stop the flood monster, and they won't all get wiped out. It's a serious threat. It's chaos itself making its comeback. All the gods agree, and Marduk is the new manifestation. He's got eyes all the way around his head, and he speaks magic words. When he fights, he fights this deity called Tiamat. We need to know that, because the word 'Tiamat' is associated with the word 'tehom.' Tehom is the chaos that God makes order out of at the beginning of time in Genesis, so it's linked very tightly to this story. Marduk, with his eyes and his capacity to speak magic words, goes out and confronts Tiamat, who's like this watery sea dragon. It's a classic Saint George story: go out and wreak havoc on the dragon. He cuts her into pieces, and he makes the world out of her pieces. That's the world that human beings live in.The Mesopotamian emperor acted out Marduk. He was allowed to be emperor insofar as he was a good Marduk. That meant that he had eyes all the way around his head, and he could speak magic; he could speak properly. We are starting to understand, at that point, the essence of leadership. Because what's leadership? It's the capacity to see what the hell's in front of your face, and maybe in every direction, and maybe the capacity to use your language properly to transform chaos into order. God only knows how long it took the Mesopotamians to figure that out. The best they could do was dramatize it, but it's staggeringly brilliant. It's by no means obvious, and this chaos is a very strange thing. This is a chaos that God wrestled with at the beginning of time.Chaos is half psychological and half real. There's no other way to really describe it. Chaos is what you encounter when you're blown into pieces and thrown into deep confusion-when your world falls apart, when your dreams die, when you're betrayed. It's the chaos that emerges, and the chaos is everything it wants, and it's too much for you. That's for sure. It pulls you down into the underworld, and that's where the dragons are. All you've got at that point is your capacity to bloody well keep your eyes open, and to speak as carefully and as clearly as you can. Maybe, if you're lucky, you'll get through it that way and come out the other side. It's taken people a very long time to figure that out, and it looks, to me, that the idea is erected on the platform of our ancient ancestors, maybe tens of millions of years ago, because we seem to represent that which disturbs us deeply using the same system that we used to represent serpentile, or other, carnivorous predators. ~ Jordan Peterson, Biblical Series 1,

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1:mythology,” said Robie. ~ David Baldacci,
2:I'm very at home working with mythology. ~ Tori Amos,
3:mythology is a truth that isn’t true, ~ T Kingfisher,
4:Religon is misunderstood mythology ~ Joseph Campbell,
5:I like mythology - anything historical. ~ Cassie Steele,
6:Mythology is usually inseparable from ritual. ~ Karen Armstrong,
7:Greek mythology has always been my Achilles elbow. ~ Adrian McKinty,
8:I have built my world through Native American mythology. ~ Tori Amos,
9:I didn't study Greek mythology in school and I wish I had. ~ Eric Bana,
10:Science surpasses the old miracles of mythology. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson,
11:B.A. in creative mythology and East Asian studies ~ Michael R Underwood,
12:An entire mythology is stored within our language. ~ Ludwig Wittgenstein,
13:It was an era when history butted up against mythology, ~ Steven Pressfield,
14:Mythology works... because Indians have been bred on myths. ~ Ashwin Sanghi,
15:Every ghost has a story. Monsters are nothing without mythology. ~ Kris Kidd,
16:[The Bible is] a mass of fables and traditions, mere mythology. ~ Mark Twain,
17:I love Greek mythology, I love gladiators, I love war stuff. ~ Tyson Chandler,
18:Mythology can be defined as the sacred history of humankind. ~ Gerald Hausman,
19:Mythology is to relate found truth to the living of a life. ~ Joseph Campbell,
20:The whole history of baseball has the quality of mythology. ~ Bernard Malamud,
21:Heresy is the life of a mythology and orthodoxy is the death. ~ Joseph Campbell,
22:The drug which makes sexuality palatable in popular mythology. ~ Germaine Greer,
23:The terrifying irrational has no place in classical mythology. ~ Edith Hamilton,
24:I'm fascinated by almost any mythology that I can get my hands on... ~ Anne Rice,
25:So knowing mythology makes one a more informed member of society, ~ Rick Riordan,
26:Football is blocking and tackling. Everything else is mythology. ~ Vince Lombardi,
27:He appears oftener in the tales of mythology than any other god. ~ Edith Hamilton,
28:I ate the mythology & dreamt.” —YUSEF KOMUNYAKAA, “Blackberries ~ Holly Black,
29:The depth of your mythology is the extent of your effectiveness. ~ John C Maxwell,
30:Mythology is the womb of mankind's initiation to life and death. ~ Joseph Campbell,
31:Mythology is a vast body of knowledge that has not been tapped. ~ Devdutt Pattanaik,
32:A culture without mythology is not really a civilisation. ~ Vilayanur S Ramachandran,
33:I love Norse mythology - Thor and Odin and Loki - amazing characters. ~ Rick Riordan,
34:One may as well preach a respectable mythology as anything else. ~ Mary Augusta Ward,
35:I ate mythology & dreamt'
- Yusef Komunyakaa (Blackberries) ~ Yusef Komunyakaa,
36:I'm history! No, I'm mythology! Nah, I don't care what I am, I'm free! ~ Robin Williams,
37:The death of Baldr is one of the most important moments in the mythology. ~ John Lindow,
38:Mythology is studied in the school system because most of us come from it. ~ Bel Kaufman,
39:I started studying mythology, just on my own. Joseph Campbell, mysticism. ~ Antoine Fuqua,
40:Myth is already enlightenment, and enlightenment reverts to mythology. ~ Theodor W Adorno,
41:Psychology is ultimately mythology, the study of the stories of the soul. ~ James Hillman,
42:I wanted to make a kids' film that would strengthen contemporary mythology. ~ George Lucas,
43:Strangely enough, there's this mythology sprouting out that I cannot stop. ~ Werner Herzog,
44:Those who have Gods don’t have tedium. Tedium is the lack of a mythology. ~ Fernando Pessoa,
45:And after all, our mythology may be much nearer to literal truth than we suppose. ~ C S Lewis,
46:Mythology is much better stuff than history. It has form; logic; a message. ~ Penelope Lively,
47:Mythology's just the folktales of people who won 'cos they had bigger swords ~ Terry Pratchett,
48:The mythology of freedom under capitalism for the average person is a con job. ~ Bryant McGill,
49:Mythology is a subjective truth. Every culture imagines life a certain way. ~ Devdutt Pattanaik,
50:To a mind ready for mythology, he was the beginning of what is meant by godlike. ~ Daniel Quinn,
51:Nobody in America, in the modern generation, has read their mythology or legends. ~ Kenneth Anger,
52:Mythology is the crop which the Old World bore before its soil was exhausted. ~ Henry David Thoreau,
53:North Korea has a very striking mythology there. It is influencing the whole nation. ~ Werner Herzog,
54:I don't buy the whole mythology of the sixties. I think I'm an intergenerational person. ~ Bill Ayers,
55:If science fiction is the mythology of modern technology, then its myth is tragic. ~ Ursula K Le Guin,
56:I decline to accept Hebrew mythology as a guide to twentieth-century science. ~ Elizabeth Cady Stanton,
57:As in poetry, so in mythology, the figures must submit to the same dual interpretation. ~ Erich Neumann,
58:Self-manipulation is our medication. Mythology is our drug. The only cure is honesty. ~ Stefan Molyneux,
59:The first function of mythology is showing everything as a metaphor to transcendence. ~ Joseph Campbell,
60:For me, cinema becomes grandiose when it imposes its own mythology and its own reality. ~ Gaspard Ulliel,
61:Mythology, in other words, is psychology misread as biography, history, and cosmology. ~ Joseph Campbell,
62:Hollywood grew to be the most flourishing factory of popular mythology since the Greeks. ~ Alistair Cooke,
63:If comics are modern mythology, then black participation and representation is crucial. ~ Reginald Hudlin,
64:In its youth a people produce mythology and poetry; in its decadence, philosophy and logic. ~ Will Durant,
65:There's somewhat of a real fascination with American bands and American mythology in London. ~ Craig Finn,
66:II know a little about Greek mythology. It's not that far away from the Nordic mythology. ~ Mads Mikkelsen,
67:In every religion there are three parts: philosophy, mythology, and ritual. Philosophy ~ Swami Vivekananda,
68:The poet is he who can write some pure mythology today without the aid of posterity. ~ Henry David Thoreau,
69:"The whole of mythology could be taken as a sort of projection of the collective unconscious." ~ Carl Jung,
70:A one sentence definition of mythology? Mythology is what we call someone else's religion. ~ Joseph Campbell,
71:Italian cameramen grow up immersed in an awareness of light. It is part of their mythology. ~ Barbara Steele,
72:Don't buy into the corporate mythology that's been rammed down our throats for all these years. ~ John Cusack,
73:... telling herself stories about herself in a singsong voice, creating her own mythology. ~ Abraham Verghese,
74:Mythology is the song. Its the flight of the imagination inspired by the energy of the body. ~ Joseph Campbell,
75:The Indian mythology has a theory of cycles, that all progression is in the form of waves. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
76:There's this kind of strange mythology about me in the media because I've done unusual things. ~ Werner Herzog,
77:True believers aren’t real receptive to the idea that what they’re telling you is just mythology. ~ Kage Baker,
78:God lives and works in history. The outward mythology changes, the inward truth remains the same. ~ Iris Murdoch,
79:In fact, the whole of mythology could be taken as a sort of projection of the collective unconscious ~ Carl Jung,
80:I think that the mythology of Van Gogh's life, and the beauty of his paintings, is unstoppable. ~ Billy Childish,
81:The extraordinary gentleness of the adult male with his young dispels all the King Kong mythology. ~ Dian Fossey,
82:The thing about tourism is that the reality of a place is quite different from the mythology of it. ~ Martin Parr,
83:If you do not have a mystic dimension you do not have a mythology, you have an ideology. ~ Joseph Campbell (Mythos),
84:On the much revered family of North American mythology - and a metaphor for the Ruling Alliance: ~ August Strindberg,
85:thousands of common stories that are baked into our societal mythology and that we believe are real. ~ James Altucher,
86:I love all of mythology and rules pertaining to all of the monsters, but I like to go the extra step. ~ Stephen Sommers,
87:The only question that matters with regard to a religion and its mythology is “What do these stories mean? ~ Reza Aslan,
88:Every human society possesses a mythology which is inherited, transmitted and diversified by literature. ~ Northrop Frye,
89:We can keep from a child all knowledge of earlier myths, but we cannot take from him the need for mythology. ~ Carl Jung,
90:Daddy’s gonna put you on a sailboat across the River Styx.” “Did you just use Greek mythology to talk trash? ~ John Green,
91:If the Gospels were mythical themselves, they could not provide the knowledge that demythologizes mythology. ~ Ren Girard,
92:I think that we need mythology. We need a bedrock of story and legend in order to live our lives coherently. ~ Alan Moore,
93:..,No love cannot leave where there is no trust..,~cupid and psyche..,"Greek mythology of Edith Hamilton ~ Edith Hamilton,
94:It is striking how history, when resting on the memory of men, always touches the bounds of mythology. ~ Leopold von Ranke,
95:"We can keep from a child all knowledge of earlier myths, but we cannot take from him the need for mythology." ~ Carl Jung,
96:I think people should read fairy tales, because were hungry for a mythology that will speak to our fears. ~ Sandra Cisneros,
97:If you want to put your rock 'n' roll into mythology, [A Period of Transition] is from the Daddy Cool school. ~ Van Morrison,
98:Of all the minor creatures of mythology, fairies are the most beautiful, the most numerous, the most memorable. ~ Andrew Lang,
99:There is a sort of mythology that grows up about what happened, which is different from what really did happen. ~ Peter Higgs,
100:Through the mythology of Einstein, the world blissfully regained the image of knowledge reduced to a formula. ~ Roland Barthes,
101:Mythology helps you to identify the mysteries of the energies pouring through you. Therein lies your eternity. ~ Joseph Campbell,
102:The notions of creation, preservation and destruction in Hindu mythology thus deal with culture, not nature. ~ Devdutt Pattanaik,
103:the rivers of mythology and philosophy run parallel and do not mingle till they meet in the sea of Christendom. ~ G K Chesterton,
104:Violence is the foundational mythology of what was once Western, and what has become now, global modern thought. ~ Vamsee Juluri,
105:But always, it has been truly said, the savage is talkative about his mythology and taciturn about his religion. ~ G K Chesterton,
106:'Doctor Who' was the first mythology that I learned, before ever I ran into Greek or Roman or Egyptian mythologies. ~ Neil Gaiman,
107:In a word, mythology is a search; it is something that combines a recurrent desire with a recurrent doubt, mixing ~ G K Chesterton,
108:Mythology is often defined as 'other peoples' religions', religion can be thought of as misinterpreted mythology. ~ Joseph Campbell,
109:Today's religion will be the future's mythology. Both believed at one time by many; but proved wrong by the clever. ~ Steve Crocker,
110:According to ancient mythology, trees link the Earth to the sky. In this respect trees link humans to another world. ~ Richard Allen,
111:Every religion, every mythology is true in this sense: It is true as metaphorical of the human and cosmic mystery. ~ Joseph Campbell,
112:All your Western theologies, the whole mythology of them, are based on the concept of God as a senile delinquent ~ Tennessee Williams,
113:All your Western theologies, the whole mythology of them, are based on the concept of God as a senile delinquent. ~ Tennessee Williams,
114:There's something about Celtic mythology which is deep in the soul, and I just think that somehow she has tapped right into it. ~ Enya,
115:The wealth creators of neoliberal mythology are some of the most effective wealth destroyers the world has ever seen. ~ George Monbiot,
116:It has always been the prime function of mythology and rite to supply the symbols that carry the human spirit forward. ~ Joseph Campbell,
117:..,No love cannot leave where there is no trust..,~ Edith Hamiltoncupid and psyche..,"Greek mythology of Edith Hamilton ~ Edith Hamilton,
118:There were Romulus and Remus. They were saved by a she-wolf. Suckled. But that was Roman mythology, not the bible. Wolves. ~ Louise Penny,
119:I can't compare these movies (Vampire Academy/Twilight/Harry Potter). Every single one of them has their own mythology. ~ Danila Kozlovsky,
120:A fiction about soft or easy deaths is part of the mythology of most diseases that are not considered shameful or demeaning. ~ Susan Sontag,
121:A tribe's mythology is its living religion, whose loss is always and everywhere, even among the civilized, a moral catastrophe. ~ Carl Jung,
122:Ideology... is a kind of contemporary mythology, a realm which has purged itself of ambiguity and alternative possibility. ~ Terry Eagleton,
123:Without a knowledge of mythology much of the elegant literature of our own language cannot be understood and appreciated. ~ Thomas Bulfinch,
124:Once you begin to explain or excuse all events on racial grounds, you begin to indulge in the perilous mythology of race. ~ James Earl Jones,
125:For Mythology is the handmaid of literature; and literature is one of the best allies of virtue and promoters of happiness. ~ Thomas Bulfinch,
126:I'm interested in mythology generally, but India has no special place in my heart - although Hindu gods seem a lot more fun. ~ Terry Pratchett,
127:I see the way I look upon organized religion, I was a victim of that of mythology, and of cruelty, and all the absurd stuff. ~ Malachy McCourt,
128:My brothers were the ones who taught me about mythology and storytelling, and showed me how to do stop-motion animation. ~ Geoffrey S Fletcher,
129:The conversation had turned again to those moments, by now enriched by a private mythology, when they first set eyes on each other ~ Ian McEwan,
130:Only a few individuals succeed in throwing off mythology in a time of a certain intellectual supremacy--the mass never frees itself. ~ Carl Jung,
131:I think another way that you can really harm yourself as an artist is by buying into the mythology that it's really important. ~ Elizabeth Gilbert,
132:The muse of music isn't just from Greek mythology, but living in people like the Beatles, Chuck Berry, Anita Baker, Aretha Franklin. ~ Ernie Isley,
133:(T)he psychological view of C.G. Jung can be summarized by saying that mythology is the self-revelation of the archetypal psyche. ~ Edward Edinger,
134:As you know, Felix is a co-religionist of yours. He will be speaking on the spirituality of pan-mythology”, said the President. ~ Michael D O Brien,
135:Anytime you start doing a comic book with mythology attached, people are like, "Are you going to get it right? It's important to me." ~ Tom Cavanagh,
136:I've always preferred mythology to history. History is truth that becomes an illusion. Mythology is an illusion that becomes reality. ~ Jean Cocteau,
137:Nothing is more witty and grotesque than ancient mythology and Christianity; that is because they are so mystical. ~ Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel,
138:A philosophical mythology lies concealed in language, which breaks out again at every moment, no matter how cautious we may be. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche,
139:ham·a·dry·ad   n. 1 (also Hamadryad) [GREEK & ROMAN MYTHOLOGY] a nymph who lives in a tree and dies when the tree dies. ~ Oxford University Press,
140:In our household, the Bible, the Koran and the Bhagavad Gita sat on the shelf alongside books of Greek and Norse and African mythology ~ Barack Obama,
141:Love, love, love - all the wretched cant of it, masking egotism, lust, masochism, fantasy under a mythology of sentimental postures. ~ Germaine Greer,
142:The average Pakistani student is brought up on a mix of dogma and mythology that does not encourage respect for facts or empiricism. ~ Husain Haqqani,
143:The disinterested imaginative core of mythology is what develops into literature, science, philosophy. Religion is applied mythology. ~ Northrop Frye,
144:Writers cannot let themselves be servants of the official mythology. They have to, whatever the cost, say what truth they have to say. ~ Tobias Wolff,
145:If a being from another world were to ask you, "How can I learn what it's like to be human?" a good answer would be, "Study mythology. ~ Joseph Campbell,
146:Mythology is not history, but sometimes it is the vehicle in which history travels. Mythology is the wallpaper and history is the wall. A ~ Gordon White,
147:There's this piece of contemporary mythology that the forties are the best time of your life. A load of cock, so far as I'm concerned. ~ Penelope Lively,
148:She quickly interpreted him into her mythology but if, at first, he was a herbivorous lion, later he became a unicorn devouring raw meat. ~ Angela Carter,
149:The reason why the music [jazz] is important is because it's an art form-an ancient art form-that takes in the mythology of our people. ~ Wynton Marsalis,
150:Mythology never leaves us stranded; no matter what dark tale it may spin, a true myth will lead us out of the dilemma and offer a cure. ~ Robert A. Johnson,
151:[W]hereas the truths of science are communicable, … mythology and metaphysics are but guides to the brink of a transcendent illumination. ~ Joseph Campbell,
152:One must bear in mind that the concept of God as a judge, which is part of Christian and Islamic mythology, is absent in Hindu mythology ~ Devdutt Pattanaik,
153:Fate. Sounds romantic.”
“You must not know anything about mythology, then, Mr. McQueen. In all the old myths, the Fates were the villains. ~ Tiffany Reisz,
154:It's quite widespread in rock culture, that mythology of the shooting star. I'd rather be the North star. As bob (Dylan) says, you can navigate by it. ~ Bono,
155:The domain of mythic images lives in us; it's good to be acquainted with it. When a mythology does not operate on us, we lose this contact. ~ Joseph Campbell,
156:I'm obsessed with Greek mythology. My favorite goddess is Artemis. She's strong and reminds me of Katniss, the heroine of The Hunger Games. ~ Isabelle Fuhrman,
157:I'm usually working on my own mythology, my own realm of created characters. Stories in mythology inspire me, though I may not be conscious of it. ~ Anne Rice,
158:It's quite widespread in rock culture, that mythology of the shooting star.
I'd rather be the North star. As bob (Dylan) says, you can navigate by it. ~ Bono,
159:Literature is still doing the same job that mythology did earlier, but filling in its huge cloudy shapes with sharper lights and deeper shadows. ~ Northrop Frye,
160:My own feeling of concern arises from seeing how much moral injury and suffering is created by the superstitions of the Christian mythology. ~ Harriet Martineau,
161:The deity at the Malanada Temple in Poruvazhy village, Kerala, is none other than the most reviled villain of Indian mythology – Duryodhana. ~ Anand Neelakantan,
162:I believe in mythology. I guess I share Joseph Campbell's notion that a culture or society without mythology would die, and we're close to that. ~ Robert Redford,
163:In every one of the Greeks' mythology tales, there is this: a man chasing a woman, or a woman chasing a man. There is never a meeting in the middle. ~ Jesmyn Ward,
164:In the absence of an effective general mythology, each of us has his private, unrecognized, rudimentary, yet secretly potent pantheon of dreams. ~ Joseph Campbell,
165:In art and mythology, the Goddess appears in three forms. White represents the virgin, red the mother, and black, the crone, or the death-goddess. ~ Erin O Riordan,
166:This is the frost coming out of the ground; this is Spring. It precedes the green and flowery spring, as mythology precedes regular poetry. I ~ Henry David Thoreau,
167:Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie's The Wicked + The Divine is a warp into the middle of a wildly imaginative mythology and I'm itching to read more. ~ Rick Remender,
168:On the way from mythology to logistics thought has lost the element of self-reflection and today machinery disables men even as it nurtures them. ~ Theodor W Adorno,
169:The whole mythology of Westeros begins with the struggle between the Children of the Forest and different warring factions before the first men arrive. ~ Alex Graves,
170:You know all your Norse mythology and chess references make you a nerd, right? Deep down under all that muscle, ink, and leather, you’re a huge nerd. ~ Susan Fanetti,
171:Furies, Alecto. In classic mythology, Tisiphone and Megaera and Alecto, daughters of the earth goddess Gaea, punished crimes in the name of the victims. ~ Dean Koontz,
172:I guess darkness serves a purpose: to show us that there is redemption through chaos. I believe in that. I think that's the basis of Greek mythology. ~ Brendan Fraser,
173:I went to volcanoes where I knew that there was a lot of mythology around them; there was something like the creation of gods and monsters and demons. ~ Werner Herzog,
174:The earliest Greek philosopher's criticized Homer's mythology because the gods resembled mortals too much and were just as egotistic and treacherous. ~ Jostein Gaarder,
175:By the time humankind reaches the stage of writing its mythology and laws, patriarchy is definitively established: it is males who write the codes. ~ Simone de Beauvoir,
176:In mythology, there were three women who determined your fate. The daughters of Zeus were called the Moirai. Three sisters who determined a man’s destiny. ~ Lisa Jackson,
177:Like science and technology, mythology, as we shall see, is not about opting out of this world, but about enabling us to live more intensely within it. ~ Karen Armstrong,
178:It’s the conflict between Apollo and Dionysus—a famous dilemma in mythology. It’s the age-old battle between mind and heart, which seldom want the same thing. ~ Anonymous,
179:In mythology and religion, no less than in other spheres of life there is much in the way of self-serving interests, deceitfulness, mindlessness, and vices. ~ Luis E Navia,
180:The twin enemies of mythology are logic and empirical data, the chief weapons of true science. If either weapon is neutralized, mythology is free to run wild. ~ R C Sproul,
181:Understanding the mythology of your partner, your customer and your audience is far more important than watching the instant replay of what actually happened. ~ Seth Godin,
182:Classical mythology is a catalogue of indescribable cruelty: [...] It is a world dominated by evil, where even the most beautiful beings carry out atrocities. ~ Umberto Eco,
183:It has been well said that mythology is the penultimate truth—penultimate because the ultimate cannot be put into words. It is beyond words, beyond images, ~ Joseph Campbell,
184:Hell is a western concept, invented to keep people to a path of righteousness out of fear. There is no concept of hell in Hindu philosophy or mythology. ~ Christopher C Doyle,
185:I get a lot of inspiration from research in mythology and folklore, I find that stories people told each other thousands of years ago are still relevant now. ~ Cassandra Clare,
186:In the world of language, or in other words in the world of art and liberal education, religion necessarily appears as mythology or as Bible. ~ Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel,
187:Most of the monsters... are based on some sort of mythology. Every culture and even some geographical areas have monsters and mythology that is their own. ~ Laurell K Hamilton,
188:No one that night turned
into literature, nothing that we did or didn't
entered the mythology of boys growing into men
or girls fighting to be people. ~ Philip Levine,
189:Poetry, mythology, and religion represent the world as man would like to have it, while science represents the world as he gradually comes to discover it. ~ Joseph Wood Krutch,
190:the more a body tries to explode all the foolish myths that have grown up about Texas by telling the truth, the more a body will wind up adding to the mythology. ~ Molly Ivins,
191:I love Greek Mythology, wish there was a TV series, like being human or smallville, but with the series based around Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Holla Mayne! ~ Rick Riordan,
192:Introduction to Classical Mythology Of old the Hellenic race was marked off from the barbarian as more keen-witted and more free from nonsense. HERODOTUS I: 60. ~ Edith Hamilton,
193:Mythology, science and space exploration are subjects that have fascinated me since my early childhood. And they were always connected somehow with the music I write. ~ Vangelis,
194:But, strictly speaking, this mythology was no essential part of ancient religion, for it had no sacred sanction and no binding force on the worshippers. ~ William Robertson Smith,
195:In families there is always the mythology. My father died when my kids were quite young still, and yet they still tell his stories. That is how a person lives on. ~ Jessica Lange,
196:In Greek mythology, Gods divide a human soil into two and send them world apart, and thus, each human is doomed to spend eternity looking for his/her other half ~ Daniel Gottlieb,
197:It did remind me of something out of Greek mythology - the richest king who gets everything he wants, but ultimately his family has a curse on it from the Gods. ~ Martin Scorsese,
198:Mythology may, in a real sense, be defined as other people's religion. And religion may, in a sense, be understood as popular misunderstanding of mythology. (8) ~ Joseph Campbell,
199:When I'm painting them, the whole legend and mythology of apples occurs to me, and so Adam and Eve and the snake and all the rest of it somehow gets into the picture. ~ Mary Pratt,
200:In mythology, lightning represents either the loss of ignorance or punishment for those who overstep their bounds. I used two bolts since we intend to do both. ~ Joelle Charbonneau,
201:When they told him this, Ransom at last understood why mythology was what it was -- gleams of celestial strength and beauty falling on a jungle of filth and imbecility. ~ C S Lewis,
202:When we try to do scientific history, do we really do something scientific, or do we too remain astride our own mythology in what we are trying to make as pure history? ~ Anonymous,
203:It’s a common storyline and mythology in the comic book community—which technically is the only community more frightened by the vagina than the religious community. ~ Ryan Patricks,
204:Perhaps because of this, many have looked at my practice in terms of science and technology, however, for me it is just as informed by Surrealism and mythology. ~ Patricia Piccinini,
205:There was this kind of mildly annoying mythology about conductor Like biker should riding a Harley-Davidson on an LP cover, and wearing a sort of a leather suit. ~ Esa Pekka Salonen,
206:Anyone with a cursory knowledge of mythology knows that it is suicidal to sexually harass a goddess. Look what Artemis did to that guy who stumbled across her bathing. ~ Kevin Hearne,
207:Institutionalised in sports, the military, acculturated sexuality, the history and mythology of heroism, violence is taught to boys until they becomes its advocates. ~ Andrea Dworkin,
208:That's the great thing about rock n' roll: the myth is ultimately more important than the reality. And that's what you learn - you just learn to go with the mythology. ~ Billy Corgan,
209:When they first cast me, I was a pretty avid fan and vampire movies and Celtic mythology, so I was excited to get a chance to walk in Doyle's shoes and have fun with it. ~ Glenn Quinn,
210:Military mythology has to pretend that real men are in the majority; cowards can never be allowed to feel that they might be the normal ones and the heroes are insane. ~ Germaine Greer,
211:To me, the difference between mythology and real history is that the real history has to tell a kind of believable story of how things happened. The physics has to work. ~ Bruno Heller,
212:We have reached a situation where a theory has been accepted as fact by some, and possible contrary evidence is shunted aside. [This is] mythology rather than science. ~ Robert Shapiro,
213:Folklore and mythology, as well as man's catastrophic disregard for nature, are the meat of Joseph D'Lacey's horror. But the prime cuts are always compassion and surprise. ~ Adam Nevill,
214:Of all the subjects on this planet, I think my parents would have been hard put to name one less useful than Greek mythology to securing the keys to an executive bathroom. ~ J K Rowling,
215:All mythology masters and dominates and shapes the forces of nature in and through the imagination; hence it disappears as soon as man gains mastery over the forces of nature ~ Karl Marx,
216:It's no secret that I've always had an interest in mythology. Whether it's Arthurian or ancient Greek or even Marvel universe. I've always connected with it on some level. ~ Nicolas Cage,
217:I've loved fairytales, folklore and mythology since I was a small child, and I think it was inevitable that they would influence my style and my development of stories. ~ Juliet Marillier,
218:It has always been the prime function of mythology and rite to supply the symbols that carry the human spirit forward, in counteraction to those that tend to tie it back. ~ Joseph Campbell,
219:More often than not, what is passed off as history is mythology, someone’s understanding of truth shaped by memory, feelings and desire, available facts notwithstanding. ~ Devdutt Pattanaik,
220:Beyond images, beyond that bounding rim of the Buddhist Wheel of Becoming. Mythology pitches the mind beyond that rim, to what can be known but not told. ~ Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth,
221:Star Wars is mythology. Its like Greek mythology or Shakespeare. Its the story of good versus evil over a very long span of time. The storytelling is universal and timeless. ~ Michael Franti,
222:I would love to do more science fiction. I always envisioned the Riddick franchise as a continuing mythology, so I always imagined that there would be many other films to follow. ~ Vin Diesel,
223:In the United States there's a Puritan ethic and a mythology of success. He who is successful is good. In Latin countries, in Catholic countries, a successful person is a sinner. ~ Umberto Eco,
224:WHILE HUMANS BEGAN IMAGINING this scenario centuries ago—corpse-like creatures were the mainstay of the Viking afterlife, and draugrs were the undead bodies of Norse mythology— ~ Helen Thomson,
225:I love mythology, grew up loving it. I'm a middle kid, big family, that's the thing you did in the farm country. I lived in Iowa, I loved mythology. I don't know, we're like that. ~ Kellan Lutz,
226:On a more basic level, Greek mythology is simply fun! The stories have adventure, magic, romance, monsters, brave heroes, horrible villains, fantastic quests. What’s not to love? ~ Rick Riordan,
227:The way superheroes dominate the fictional landscape now, along with dystopian futures and zombies. Yeah, definitely - I think these stories function as a kind of mythology for us. ~ Adam Frank,
228:The foreshadowing of this process in mythology, the transformation of the Terrible Mother, has been described by Kees 5 under the motif of the “pacification of the beast of prey, ~ Erich Neumann,
229:In the true mythology, Love is an immortal child, and Beauty leads him as a guide; nor can we express a deeper sense than when we say, Beauty is the pilot of the young soul. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson,
230:One of the things that really intrigued us the most about the whole Wonder Woman mythology is the actual mythology of it. Her character has distinct roots in classic Greek mythology. ~ Bruce Timm,
231:The notion of the noble savage living in harmony with Nature should be dispatched to the realm of mythology where it belongs. Human beings have never lived in harmony with nature. ~ Peter Brannen,
232:The new mythology of love was that it bent to the fashion of the day, obligated to take the shape of doves, lilies, jewels. This is a lie. Love is sometimes as passionate as war. ~ Brenna Yovanoff,
233:A lot of ink is given over to mythologizing female friendships as curious, fragile relationships that are always intensely fraught. Stop reading writing that encourages this mythology. ~ Roxane Gay,
234:I've always been a mythology lover, and so I took a great deal of inspiration from the tales of various dark gods and popular versions of Hell from the Greeks and the Norse stories. ~ Michael Boatman,
235:If no other knowledge deserves to be called useful but that which helps to enlarge our possessions or to raise our station in society, then Mythology has no claim to the appellation. ~ Thomas Bulfinch,
236:Pluralism makes a unifying myth impossible. But if we cannot reinstate such a mythology we can, at least, return to the source from which mythology springs - the creative imagination. ~ Joseph Campbell,
237:I'm accustomed to thinking of literature as a search for knowledge; in order to move onto existential terrain I need to consider it in relation to anthropology, ethnology, and mythology. ~ Italo Calvino,
238:MYTHOLOGY, n. The body of a primitive people's beliefs concerning its origin, early history, heroes, deities and so forth, as distinguished from the true accounts which it invents later. ~ Ambrose Bierce,
239:[This kind of strange mythology about me.] I've pulled a huge steamboat over a mountain; I've done a feature film with all the actors acting under hypnosis - things that are very unusual. ~ Werner Herzog,
240:I think of mythology as the homeland of the muses, the inspirers of art, the inspirers of poetry. To see life as a poem and yourself participating in a poem is what the myth does for you. ~ Joseph Campbell,
241:We achieve some measure of adulthood when we recognize our parents as they really were, without sentimentalizing or mythologyzing, but also without blaming them unfairly for our imperfections. ~ Carl Sagan,
242:When he woke up the next day, the world was still there, and things were already moving forward, like the great karmic wheel of Indian mythology that kills every living thing in its path. ~ Haruki Murakami,
243:I think young people really do care. They want to build their life on something that's solid and makes sense, that's rational, that's not built on mythology, make-believe and wishful thinking. ~ Lee Strobel,
244:The interface of history and myth is where my stories take place anyway, and there's always a way I'm trying to tap mythologies with the perfect understanding that history will trump mythology. ~ Steve Stern,
245:The mystery of light [and] the enigma of time form the twin pivots around which all my work revolves. In addition... my work attempts to create a mythology for our contemporary world. ~ Clarence John Laughlin,
246:Affairs are loaded with romanticism, morality, mythology, and intense emotions. They're not really about sex, but about pain and fear and the desire to feel alive. They're also about betrayal. ~ Emily Browning,
247:It’s all very Greek, isn’t it?” I quipped. “Prophecies, tragedies, destinies. Just like in all those old mythology books we read over the years.” Fletcher shrugged. “Hard to beat the classics. ~ Jennifer Estep,
248:I don't know who first said, "Science fiction is the mythology of our time." An increasing number of occultists are realizing this and are incorporating science fiction into their rituals. ~ Robert Anton Wilson,
249:I was in Hollywood. It's the mythology heart. It's where all the European films came in the '30s and '40s. The marriage between Europe and Hollywood has always been the best when it works. ~ Nicolas Winding Refn,
250:Research is always the best part. As we dug deeper into the history and mythology behind each of the hallows, we discovered more and more stories - some of them deserving of novels in themselves. ~ Michael Scott,
251:[...] Tradition is not a childish and outmoded mythology but a science that is terribly real. ( tradition n'est pas une mythologie puérile et désuète, mais une science terriblement réelle.) ~ Frithjof Schuon,
252:In Greek mythology, the hero wants to be great, but the very concept does not exist in the Indian vocabulary. Yet it has become the global template. And it's a template that won't fit in India. ~ Devdutt Pattanaik,
253:One could almost say that if all the world's traditions were cut off at a single blow, the whole of mythology and the whole history of religion would start all over again with the next generation. ~ Carl Jung, CW 4,
254:CAMPBELL: I think of mythology as the homeland of the muses, the inspirers of art, the inspirers of poetry. To see life as a poem and yourself participating in a poem is what the myth does for you. ~ Joseph Campbell,
255:Göt·ter·däm·mer·ung (in Germanic mythology) the downfall of the gods. German, literally 'twilight of the gods', popularized by Wagner's use of the word as the title of the last opera of the Ring cycle. ~ Erin McKean,
256:I'll search in mythology and archeology
and in every -ology to my old name.
one of the goddesses of Canaan will side with me,
then swear with a flash of lightning.
This is my orphan son ~ Mahmoud Darwish,
257:Sweden is still a very peaceful country to live in. I think that people in Britain have created this mythology about Sweden, that it's a perfect democratic society full of erotically charged girls. ~ Henning Mankell,
258:I work really out of mythology, so often I work out of a story that has remained lodged inside somehow, or I work out of history, you know, out of a sense of historical inevitability with characters. ~ Louise Erdrich,
259:He was like some tragic figure in Greek mythology whose offenses against the gods had caused them to design for him this exquisite torture: you must desperately need to see what you cannot bear to see. ~ Michael Lewis,
260:It seems to me that nothing would be more foolish than to re-establish the worship of Wotan. Our old mythology ceased to be viable when Christianity implanted itself. Nothing dies unless it is moribund. ~ Adolf Hitler,
261:We need mythology as the marsupial needs the pouch to develop beyond the stage of the incompetent infant to a stage where it ca ~ n step out of the pouch and say, “Me, voilà: I’m it.”Joseph Campbell, Pathways to Bliss,
262:Don’t Know Much About Mythology takes a slightly different tack. It sets out to examine all the fascinating myths created by these ancient cultures and relate them to their histories and achievements. ~ Kenneth C Davis,
263:I think the show [Grimm] became a little more procedural following the pilot, and I didn't know that would happen. Recently more of the mythology has crept in, and the characters are starting to bloom. ~ David Giuntoli,
264:The mythology of black women as promiscuous was important to maintaining the profitable exploitation of slave society. In freedom, it remained important as a means of racial and gender control. ~ Melissa V Harris Perry,
265:What impresses me about Catholic mythology is partly its tasteless kitsch but mostly the airy nonchalance with which these people make up the details as they go along. It is just shamelessly invented. ~ Richard Dawkins,
266:The belief that the stories told in the Bible are in some or any sense accurate forms the baseline mythology of the field. In the words of Robert Anton Wilson, ‘what the thinker thinks, the prover proves. ~ Gordon White,
267:Thus we hope to teach mythology not as a study, but as a relaxation from study; to give our work the charm of a story-book, yet by means of it to impart a knowledge of an important branch of education. ~ Thomas Bulfinch,
268:Women are not in control of their bodies; nature is. Ancient mythology, with its sinister archetypes of vampire and Gorgon, is more accurate than feminism about the power and terror of female sexuality. ~ Camille Paglia,
269:Through dreams a door is opened to mythology, since myths are of the nature of dreams, and that, as dreams arise from an inward world unknown to waking consciousness, so do myths: so, indeed, does life. ~ Joseph Campbell,
270:I walk the streets, take the train, it's real simple. Some actors create their own mythology: 'Oh, I'm so famous I can't go places, because I created this mythology that I'm so famous I can't go places. ~ Samuel L Jackson,
271:. . . people want to establish a canon, because people want to imagine that there are great writers and lesser writers and they want the mythology, they want the narrative for themselves. And it’s embarrassing. ~ Tim Parks,
272:Both of Europe and the Hebrews belong to the House of Bull, they both are from the same Aryan culture. Europa was after all -in Greek mythology- the mother of the Minotaur which was decapitated by Theseus. ~ Ibrahim Ibrahim,
273:Perchance, when, in the course of ages, American liberty has become a fiction of the past—as it is to some extent a fiction of the present—the poets of the world will be inspired by American mythology. ~ Henry David Thoreau,
274:A lot of mythology arose after [Mahatma Gandhi] death. But the fact remains that he was an exceptional man, terribly intelligent, with tremendous intuition for people, and a great instinct for what was right. ~ Indira Gandhi,
275:[Harold Pinter] is a British playwright and is one of my favorite writers. Harold was very obsessed with when memory becomes mythology, that at some point you change your memory to fit who you believe you are. ~ Baron Vaughn,
276:If we come from good families where we have been supported well, there is a disillusionment we have to undergo in terms of the culture's values. We have to get beyond our cultural mythology to find out who we are. ~ Sam Keen,
277:Mythology is not a lie, mythology is poetry, it is metaphorical. It has been well said that mythology is the penultimate truth--penultimate because the ultimate cannot be put into words. It is beyond words. ~ Joseph Campbell,
278:In fact, the underlying principle of the baroque is the idea of transformation, of movement, and animals becoming man, and man becoming animals, and mythology. It was a way to inspire pre-Christian character. ~ Camille Henrot,
279:The archetypal level is revealed in religions, the arts, in the fruits of human creativity, and in dreams and visions. Jung suggests that mythology, too, arises from this nonpersonal layer of the human psyche. ~ Edward Edinger,
280:"Though the shadow is a motif as well known to mythology as anima and animus, it represents first and foremost the personal unconscious, and its content can therefore be made conscious without too much difficulty." ~ Carl Jung,
281:We have looked for myths that include us in great novels, music, the latest comic book, or even some stupid advertising campaign. We'll look anywhere for a mythology that embraces people like ourselves. ~ Kate Bornstein,
282:(Fenris was a giant wolf of Norse mythology who, it was prophesied, would return one day to fuck everything up, and such were the ground rules of that mythos that there was nothing the gods could do about it). ~ Neal Stephenson,
283:Even when he turns from religion, man remains subject to it; depleting himself to create false gods, he then feverishly adopts them; his need for fiction, for mythology triumphs over evidence and absurdity alike. ~ Emil M Cioran,
284:In India we have a readymade world of fantasy available in Indian mythology. And this is why we see such a surfeit of characters drawn from mythology. I don't think it's because the present day humanity is soulless. ~ Anita Nair,
285:The ascending spiral, one of the central images of early American letters and employed especially by Emerson, is probably an unconscious piece of every American's personal mythology. Its shorthand name is progress. ~ Eric Maisel,
286:The mythology of the New Testament, also, is not to be questioned with respect to the content of its objectifying representations but with respect to the understanding of existence that expresses itself in them. ~ Rudolf Bultmann,
287:Edward Edinger's work enlivens Greek mythology, which has been abandoned in the Western world, and therefore, according to Jung, it has retreated to the unconscious where it appears in dreams, symptoms, and fantasies. ~ Polkinhorn,
288:My specialty is mythology.There are artifacts like the hallows scattered through just about every mythology. However, what makes the Celtic hallows so interesting is that they are a self-contained group of objects. ~ Michael Scott,
289:Mythology and science both extend the scope of human beings. Like science and technology, mythology, as we shall see, is not about opting out of this world, but about enabling us to live more intensely within it. ~ Karen Armstrong,
290:The fairies in the ancient notion of fairies, they are not positive and cute and twinkly.They can be incredibly nasty or they can be incredibly benign. It's a really interesting mythology when you dig into it. ~ Guillermo del Toro,
291:Mythology is all shite anyway,' she says. 'It never has stories about people like us. I'd rather write my own legends, or be the story someone else looks to one day, build a strong foundation for those who follow us. ~ Mackenzi Lee,
292:Beyond the mythology, Wonder Woman gets to play with several dichotomies. It's Amazon culture versus man's world; ancient mythological times versus the contemporary world; and, of course, all the male and female issues. ~ Bruce Timm,
293:Since its founding in 1965, the theme park has provided Americans and the rest of the world with a compelling model of a particular kind of modern mythology: that of apparent harmony between animals and human beings. ~ John Hargrove,
294:This could be a great time to live in,” Kevin said once. “I keep thinking what an experience it would be to stay in it—go West and watch the building of the country, see how much of the Old West mythology is true. ~ Octavia E Butler,
295:The most insidious part of the traditional marketing model is that “big blowout launch” mythology. Of course, equally seductive is the “build it and they will come” assumption that too many people associate with the Web. ~ Ryan Holiday,
296:When I was growing up in the mid-'50s, the Roaring Twenties were a huge part of the culture. There were a number of films and a bunch of television shows that dealt with the mythology of the underworld from that period. ~ Martin Scorsese,
297:The history of the genesis or the old mythology repeats itself in the experience of every child. He too is a demon or god thrown into a particular chaos, where he strives ever to lead things from disorder into order. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson,
298:We never were separate from nature and never will be, but the dominant culture on earth has long imagined itself to be apart from nature and destined one day to transcend it. We have lived in a mythology of separation. ~ Charles Eisenstein,
299:Though formless, the God of Abrahamic mythology is addressed, even visualized, in masculine terms. The God of Hindu mythology is visualized as sometimes male, sometimes female, sometimes both and sometimes neither. Thus, ~ Devdutt Pattanaik,
300:At first I was glad for the help. My freshmen English class, "Mythology and Archetypal Experience," confounded me.

I didn't understand why we couldn't just read books without forcing contorted interpretations on then ~ Alison Bechdel,
301:It is a basic idea of practically every war mythology that the enemy is a monster and that in killing him one is protecting the only truly valuable order of human life on earth, which is that, of course, of one's own people. ~ Joseph Campbell,
302:Every so often you want to map out your plot mythology but never so specifically that you can’t let a story surprise you. You want to allow the type of action of the writer’s room so that you have the ability to take a left turn. ~ Eric Kripke,
303:[I]n the American soul there is a lonely individual standing in a vast landscape. He is either on a horse or driving a car, depending, and either way he’s carrying a gun. This is one of the essential images in American mythology. ~ Don DeLillo,
304:Modern poetry’s inferiority to classical poetry can be summed up in the words: we have no mythology . . . The new mythology must be formed from the deepest depth of the spirit. It must be the most artificial of all artworks. ~ Friedrich Schlegel,
305:Superheroes fill a gap in the pop culture psyche, similar to the role of Greek mythology. There isn't really anything else that does the job in modern terms. For me, Batman is the one that can most clearly be taken seriously. ~ Christopher Nolan,
306:I stick closely to the structure of the myths. I may have some fun with the mythology by changing the environment to modern-day, but the structure of the myths, the monsters, the relationships of the gods - none of that is made up. ~ Rick Riordan,
307:Like mythology, Greek philosophy has a tendency to personify ideas. And the Sophist is not merely a teacher of rhetoric for a fee of one or fifty drachmae (Crat.), but an ideal of Plato's in which the falsehood of all mankind is reflected. ~ Plato,
308:The material of myth is the material of our life, the material of our body, and the material of our environment, and a living, vital mythology deals with these in terms that are appropriate to the nature of knowledge of the time. ~ Joseph Campbell,
309:The thing about playing gods, whether you're playing Thor and Loki or Greco Roman gods or Indian gods or characters in any mythology, the reason that gods were invented was because they were basically larger versions of ourselves. ~ Tom Hiddleston,
310:The mythology of the Reagan presidency is that he induced the collapse of the Soviet Union by luring it into unsustainable military spending and wars: should there come a point when we think about applying that lesson to ourselves? ~ Glenn Greenwald,
311:There is nothing new, from Greek mythology to Shakespeare to every romcom ever made, we're just reimagining the same 12 story plots over and over again - so what makes people keep watching and listening? It's all about the character. ~ Jeremy Renner,
312:According to Greek mythology, humans were orginally created with four arms, four legs and a head with two faces. Fearing their power, Zeus split them in two seperate beings, condeming them to spend their lives in search of their other halves. ~ Plato,
313:One definition occurred to both of them—that he had come out into the light of that lucid and radiant ignorance in which all beliefs had begun. The sky above them was full of mythology. Heaven seemed deep enough to hold all the gods. ~ G K Chesterton,
314:The mythology warped and twisted back along itself until Buffy Summers, the girl who once railed against the unfairness of being Chosen, looked at a squadron of girls who were just like she'd been and took away their right to Choose. ~ Seanan McGuire,
315:Every culture has its version. It's universal. One of the things that is most fascinating about studying mythology is how so many of the stories and symbols are the same through the centuries and cultures. Just renamed and slightly altered. ~ M J Rose,
316:According to Greek mythology, humans were originally created with four arms, four legs and a head with two faces. Fearing their power, Zeus split them into two separate parts, condemning them to spend their lives in search of their other halves. ~ Plato,
317:In the inner world, the spring of living symbols and accompanying presences is the source of dreams and visions, as well as the fountain of inspiration at the heart of poetry, art, ritual, mythology, and even religions. ~ Monika Wikman, Pregnant Darkness,
318:It was really John's [Musker] idea to begin with to tell a story set in the world of the South Pacific, Polynesia. He started, he just loved the world and he started reading a lot of mythology, which most people are not that familiar with. ~ Ron Clements,
319:mythology is a search; it is something that combines a recurrent desire with a recurrent doubt, mixing a most hungry sincerity in the idea of seeking for a place with a most dark and deep and mysterious levity about all the places found. ~ G K Chesterton,
320:The psychological answer to the question "why study mythology?" is that the psyche will otherwise be invisible. Only through an acquaintance with the incredible diversity of mythological images is the psyche made manifest in its origins. ~ Edward Edinger,
321:Nosoi?” Percy planted his feet in a fighting stance. “You know, I keep thinking, I have now killed every single thing in Greek mythology. But the list never seems to end.”

“You haven’t killed me yet,” I noted.

“Don’t tempt me. ~ Rick Riordan,
322:and still others believe the world will end when a ship constructed with the untrimmed nails of the dead arrives carrying a corpse army to do battle with the gods at the end of days. (Norse mythology will always be the most metal, sorry.) ~ Caitlin Doughty,
323:Only two possible reactions to the mimetic contagion exist, and they make an enormous difference. Either we surrender and join the persecuting crowd, or we resist and stand alone. The first way is the unanimous self-deception we call mythology. ~ Ren Girard,
324:We’d read about sirens in English this fall; Greek mythology bullshit about women so beautiful, their voices so enchanting, that men did anything for them. Turned out that mythology crap was real because every time I saw her, I lost my mind. ~ Katie McGarry,
325:In Ishmael I articulated a living mythology that is so integral to our culture that it’s never examined or even noticed by anyone. It’s like the sound of blood rushing through your veins—you hear it so constantly that you don’t hear it at all. ~ Daniel Quinn,
326:Whenever we talk about the fate of the spirit we are automatically in the realm of mythology, whether we like it or not. Spirit and soul exist in a "poetic" realm and can only be accessed by literary figures of speech, not by science or reason. ~ David Tacey,
327:I did not believe (and still do not believe) that an oppressive, willfully ignorant society based around God, guns, and free enterprise is capable of the generosity and compassion exhibited by the Jesus Christ character from Christian mythology. ~ James Chalk,
328:You're basing your laws and your whole outlook on natural life on mythology. It won't work. That's why you have all these problems in the world. Name them: India, Pakistan, Ireland. Name them-all these problems. They're all religious problems. ~ Jack Kevorkian,
329:I think your mythology would call them fallen angels. War and hate are their business, and one of their chief weapons is un-Naming - making people not know who they are. If someone knows who he is, really knows, then he doesn't need to hate. ~ Madeleine L Engle,
330:It seems obvious to me that the notion of God has never been anything but a kind of ideal projection, a reflection upward of the human personality, and that theology never has been and never can be anything but a more and more purified mythology. ~ Alfred Loisy,
331:Mythology tells us that where you stumble, there your treasure is ... The world is a match for us, and we’re a match for the world. And where it seems most challenging lies the greatest invitation to find deeper and greater power in ourselves. ~ Joseph Campbell,
332:Read a certain way, the Natural History is preposterous, full of erroneous assumptions and cast-off mythology. Read another way, it is a window into Roman understanding two millennia ago. Read another way, it is a tribute to wonder itself ~ Anthony Doerr,
333:The junior hoodlums who roamed their streets were symptoms of a greater sickness; their citizens (all of them counted as such) glorified their mythology of ‘rights’ . . . and lost track of their duties. No nation, so constituted, can endure. ~ Robert A Heinlein,
334:I used mythology to tell the story [in Living with Love], with the story of the minotaur and the matador and fighting and fighting for love and the color red and flowers and horns and death and naked men. You know, the important things in life. ~ Madonna Ciccone,
335:Sometimes we get frustrated ourselves and decide it's time to download a big chunk of mythology. And then the audience says, 'I find this confusing and alienating and too weird.' So then we pull back, and they say, 'You're not giving us enough'. ~ Damon Lindelof,
336:For the liver, what's so interesting is that there's no stem cell in the liver. So the normal liver actually can regenerate. It's one of the only organs in the human body that can do this, and we've known this since the time of Greek mythology. ~ Sangeeta N Bhatia,
337:In mythology and religion, no less than in other spheres of life there is much in the way of self-serving interests, deceitfulness, mindlessness, and vices. This has to be so because it is a human creation and everything human is tainted and corrupt. ~ Luis E Navia,
338:Mythology was not about theology, in the modern sense, but about human experience. People thought that gods, humans, animals and nature were inextricably bound up together, subject to the same laws, and composed of the same divine substance. There ~ Karen Armstrong,
339:Mythology, however, is the product of the collective unconscious, and anyone acquainted with primitive psychology must stand amazed at the unconscious wisdom which rises up from the depths of the human psyche in answer to these unconscious questions. ~ Erich Neumann,
340:With regard to how I chose Pacifica, my story is interesting. I did not go to Pacifica to specifically become a therapist. I went to Pacifica to study Jungian psychology and archetypes and mythology and there were many different programs there. ~ Kelly Carlin McCall, ameliorative mythology [that through] prayer or good deeds or some other activity, one can change the basic principles, the fundamental preconditions of life... This is like marrying someone in order to improve him or her—it is not a marriage. ~ Joseph Campbell,
342:In all the antique religions, mythology takes the place of dogma; that is, the sacred lore of priests and people... and these stories afford the only explanation that is offered of the precepts of religion and the prescribed rules of ritual. ~ William Robertson Smith,
343:Ymir,” Luisa said, pronouncing it as she’d heard Sean do: ee-meer. A word from Norse mythology referring to primordial ice giants. Sean’s code name for a particular hunk of ice that his project had identified, and that he meant to bring back. “Yeah. ~ Neal Stephenson,
344:Courses in prosody, rhetoric and comparative philology would be required of all students, and every student would have to select three courses out of courses in mathematics, natural history, geology, meteorology, archaeology, mythology, liturgics, cooking. ~ W H Auden,
345:Mythology was never designed to describe historically verifiable events that actually happened. It was an attempt to express their inner significance or to draw attention to realities that were too elusive to be discussed in a logically coherent way. ~ Karen Armstrong,
346:Our grandkids will lead the lives of the gods of mythology. Zeus could think and move objects around. We'll have that power. Venus had a perfect, timeless body. We'll have that, too. Pegasus was a flying horse. We'll be able to modify life in the future. ~ Michio Kaku,
347:I was big into mythology when I was a kid - Arthurian legends and Greek mythology, that was kind of my passion. I hadn't heard of the books, but I was told they were very popular amongst the kids, so I got a hold of them and read them. I totally got it! ~ Steve Valentine,
348:Schumpter's daring and dashing entrepreneur is now a legendary figure from the distant past - if not from the mythology of capitalism - or is to be found only in the demimonde of business, founding new ice cream parlors or "deep freeze subscription clubs". ~ Paul A Baran,
349:Nietzsche is a marvelous antidote to all fundamentally anti-Biblical efforts to turn mythology into a kind of Bible, and that is the project of the Jungians of this world, or to boil the Bible down to myth, and that is the project of more or less everyone else ~ Ren Girard,
350:If you read folklore and mythology, any kind of myths, any kind of tall tales, running is always associated with freedom and vitality and youthfulness and eternal vigor. It's only in our lifetime that running has become associated with fear and pain. ~ Christopher McDougall,
351:One is almost tempted to say that the language itself is a mythology deprived of its vitality, a bloodless mythology so to speak, which has only preserved in a formal and abstract form what mythology contains in living and concrete form. ~ Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling,
352:The search for origins embodied by myth is evident in the world today, but in different guises: theories of the Big Bang & the origin of life; the genealogy of individuals & humanity; the inner search of psychoanalysis into the mythology of early childhood ~ AT Mann,
353:The image of the bank robber I had in mind was more in the European tradition where you'd rob banks and give to the poor, like Robin Hood. It was that mythology. But very early on, my whole preoccupation was with art-studying it, examining every piece of work. ~ Tony Shafrazi,
354:Notwithstanding the prevalent notion that the French poets are the sympathetic heirs of classic culture, it appears to me that they are not so imbued with the true classic spirit, art, and mythology as some of our English poets, notably Keats and Shelley. ~ William Shakespeare,
355:N VIKING MYTHOLOGY, Skoll and Hati chase the sun and the moon. When the wolves catch either one, there is an eclipse. When this happens, the people on earth rush to rescue the sun or moon by making as much noise as they can in hopes of scaring off the wolves. ~ Stephen Hawking,
356:to be a poet, requires a mythology of the self. The self described is the poet self, to which the daily self (and others) are often ruthlessly sacrificed. The poet self is the real self, the other one is the carrier; and when the poet self dies, the person dies. ~ Susan Sontag,
357:A great brand is a story that’s never completely told. A brand is a metaphorical story that connects with something very deep – a fundamental appreciation of mythology. Stories create the emotional context people need to locate themselves in a larger experience. ~ Scott Bedbury,
358:How could the recipient of two Guggenheims and the author of four novels, a dozen short stories, two musicals, two books on black mythology, dozens of essays, and a prizewinning autobiography virtually “disappear” from her readership for three full decades? ~ Zora Neale Hurston,
359:the Ceffyl Dŵr, Capaill Uisce and Kelpie of mythology. These organisms are amphibious but preferentially aquatic, carnivorous, aggressive, intelligent, and reputed to drag sailors under water and drown them. It is believed that with suitable operant conditioning and ~ Anonymous,
360:The holistic acupuncturist and the sea turtle rescuer may not be able to explain the feeling, 'We are serving the same thing,' but they are. Both are in service to an emerging story of the People that is the defining mythology of a new kind of civilization. ~ Charles Eisenstein,
361:Tolkien was such a brilliant writer in so many ways. He was truly an inspiration. Many people don't realize just how much he researched and how much he based his stories and characters on mythology of various types. He was very deep and in many ways a genius. ~ Raymond Buckland,
362:I have examined all of the known superstitions of the world and i do not find our superstitions of Christianity one redeeming feature. They are all founded on fables and mythology. Christianity has made one-half of the world fools and the other half Hypocrites ~ Thomas Jefferson,
363:I should acquaint the reader with the basic principles of the mythology I adhered to then. I believed . . . that inanimate objects were no less fallible than people. They, too, could be forgetful. And, if you had enough patience, you could catch them by surprise. ~ Stanis aw Lem,
364:"The pictures depict stages in the relationship of a male and a female figure, a king and a queen. The coupling of a male–female pair—the hieros gamos or 'holy wedding'—is a frequent image in world mythology of the ultimate fulfillment in individual development." ~ Arlene Landau, be a poet, requires a mythology of the self. The self described is the poet self, to which the daily self (and others) are often ruthlessly sacrificed. The poet self is the real self, the other one is the carrier; and when the poet self dies, the person dies. ~ Susan Sontag,
366:All great works of literature contain variations and combinations, overt or implied, of such archetypal conflicts inherent in the condition of man, which first occur in the symbols of mythology, and are restated in the particular idiom of each culture and period. ~ Arthur Koestler,
367:The ancients rightly called internal longing for wholeness “fate” or “destiny,” the “inner voice” or the “call of the gods.” It has an inevitability, authority, and finality to it, and was at the heart of almost all mythology. Almost all heroes heard an inner voice. ~ Richard Rohr,
368:This is, first and last, the real value of Christmas; in so far as the mythology remains at all it is a kind of happy mythology. Personally, of course, I believe in Santa Claus; but it is the season of forgiveness, and I will forgive others for not doing so. ~ Gilbert K Chesterton,
369:I've come across a novel called The Palm-Wine Drinkard, by the Nigerian writer Amos Tutuola, that is really remarkable because it is a kind of fantasy of West African mythology all told in West African English which, of course, is not the same as standard English. ~ William Golding,
370:I learned that I never really know the true story of my guests' lives, that I have to content myself with knowing that when I'm interviewing somebody, I'm getting a combination of fact and truth and self-mythology and self-delusion and selective memory and faulty memory. ~ Terry Gross,
371:Mythology does not state the truth but acts as a sort of non-divinatory revelation. It acts in a magical way, transcending limitations of consciously adapted life. It disregards the impossible, 4 it is beyond ego & does not refer to what "I am" but to what is for all time ~ Weaver,
372:Mythology is composed by poets out of their insights and realizations. Mythologies are not invented; they are found. You can no more tell us what your dream is going to be tonight than we can invent a myth. Myths come from the mystical region of essential experience. ~ Joseph Campbell,
373:Until 1933 only lunatics would have been found in possession of living fragments of mythology. After this, the world of heroes & monsters spread like a devastating fire over whole nations, proving that world of myth had suffered no loss of vitality during centuries of reason ~ Jung,
374:Hollywood's martyr-mythology leaves out the fact that the famed Hollywood Ten, for example, were in fact members of the Communist Party, which advocated the violent overthrow of the U.S. government in violation of the Smith Act and which took orders directly from Moscow. ~ Jonah Goldberg,
375:The mythology of your culture hums in your ears so constantly that no one pays the slightest bit of attention to it. Of course man is conquering space and the atom and the deserts and the oceans and the elements. According to your mythology, this is what he was BORN to do. ~ Daniel Quinn,
376:The new ideology of marriage needed its mythology and
Shakespeare supplied it. Protestant moralists sought to redeem
marriage from the status of a remedy against fornication by underplaying
the sexual component and addressing the husband as the
wife’s friend. ~ Germaine Greer,
377:The story of Eve and the serpent, and of Noah and his ark, drops to a level with the Arabian Tales, without the merit of being entertaining, and the account of men living to eight and nine hundred years becomes as fabulous as the immortality of the giants of the Mythology. ~ Thomas Paine,
378:Listen to that lovely music,   Better than mythology!   Your gods, elderly and antique,   Give them up, they’re now passé.   Those old tales have lost all meaning,   We aim at a higher goal:   From the soul must come the feeling   That can move another’s soul. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
379:The mythology in rock n' roll is that I'm a bit of a loose cannon. Yet I've produced more music than anybody in my generation. So how much of a loose cannon am I? But the general public believes that I'm a loose cannon, so let them believe it. I'm not going to correct them. ~ Billy Corgan,
380:Many of these omnibuses were driven, oddly enough, by male models who had retired from the business, which meant that Parisians of Manet's day were transported around the city by men who had once posed as valiant biblical heroes or the vindictive deities of classical mythology. ~ Ross King,
381:FlashForward' is definitely not a sci-fi show. It doesn't have the mythology of 'Lost.' We have one major event that happens that you are asked to buy into. After that, you're dealing with very human ripple effects - how people deal with it and how they come to terms with it. ~ Sonya Walger,
382:We all want to believe this American pastoral, but there's more to it. We have to be willing to exile ourselves from the fantasies and the mythology that we create around ourselves, or we're doomed to kind of innocently blunder into every country in the world and murder people. ~ Bill Ayers,
383:I just always loved mythology, ever since I was a kid. Greek mythology was something I remember learning about in fourth grade, and Egypt, too, and something about both those things just clicked with me. I just thought they both were so beautiful and interesting to learn about. ~ Brie Larson,
384:I'm not a fan of endless mystery in storytelling - I like to know where the mythology's going; I like to get there in an exciting, fast-paced way - enough that there's a really clear, aggressive direction to where it's going, to pay off mystery and reward the audiences loyalty. ~ Eric Kripke,
385:In the karmic worldview, you are queer because of karma, and it may be a boon or curse. In the one-life worldview, you are queer because you choose to be so, to express your individuality or to defy authority (Greek mythology) or God/Devil wills it so (biblical mythology). ~ Devdutt Pattanaik,
386:I've been reading Greek mythology since I was a kid. I also taught it when I was a sixth grade teacher, so I knew a lot of mythological monsters already. Sometimes I still use books and Web sites to research, though. Every time I research Greek mythology, I learn something new! ~ Rick Riordan,
387:You don't have to try to be contemporary. You are already contemporary. What one has in mythology is being evolved all the time. Personally, I think I can do with Greek and Old Norse mythology. For example, I don't think I stand in need of planes or of railways or of cars. ~ Jorge Luis Borges,
388:Batman as a Greek god is not too far off, because it’s the same idea at work: creating a superhuman version of humanity so that we can explore our problems, strengths, and weaknesses writ large. If the novel puts life under the microscope, mythology blows it up to billboard size. ~ Rick Riordan,
389:I never minded giving my opinions. They are just opinions, and I had studied music and I had strong feelings. I was happy for my opinions to join all the other opinions. But you have to be prepared for what comes back, especially if you don't agree with the dominant mythology. ~ Wynton Marsalis,
390:If you just read Joseph Campbell, who has written amazing books on mythology and religion, they all do come together at some point. There are some of the greatest stories that there have ever been in the Bible. All you have to do is read the book of Maccabi, it's like a film script. ~ Mel Gibson,
391:The religion of the world, in its right proportions, is not divided into fine shades of mysticism or more or less rational forms of mythology. It is divided by the line between the men who are bringing that message and the men who have not yet heard it, or cannot yet believe it. ~ G K Chesterton,
392:As for this present unhappy time, haunted by ghosts from a dead world and not yet at home in its own, its predicament is not unlike the predicament of the adolescent who has not yet learned to orient himself without reference to the mythology amid which his childhood was passed. ~ Bertrand Russell,
393:The Anglo-American can indeed cut down and grub up all this waving forest, and make a stump speech on its ruins, but he cannot converse with the spirit of the tree he fells, he cannot read the poetry and mythology which retire as he advances. He ignorantly erases mythological ~ Henry David Thoreau,
394:I am interested in most mythology. Celtic or Christian no more than anything else. I will admit to a pleasure and sense of hope in what I see as the basic teachings of Christ, stripped of the nonsense that has sometimes been accumulated about them and the embarrassing misunderstanding. ~ Tanith Lee,
395:If god is the root cause for our degradation destroy that god. If it is religion destroy it. If it is Manu Darma, Gita, or any other Mythology (Purana), burn them to ashes. If it is temple, tank, or festival, boycott them. Finally if it is our politics, come forward to declare it openly. ~ Periyar,
396:It is stranger still, to see how many ruins of the old mythology: how many fragments of obsolete legend and observance: have been incorporated into the worship of Christian altars here; and how, in numberless respects, the false faith and the true are fused into a monstrous union. ~ Charles Dickens,
397:The more that you travel the more you get the sense of the word as a larger place and the more you get a sense of the variety of history and mythology. And when you know about these things you can incorporate them into what I feel is a more rich and more large tapestry of fantasy. ~ Cassandra Clare,
398:If we could stop thinking of 'meaning' and 'purpose' as artifacts of some divine creative act and see them instead as the yield of our own creative future, they become goals, intentions and processes very much in reach rather than the shadows of childlike, superstitious mythology. ~ Douglas Rushkoff,
399:(...) maybe in our bodies there's a whole world of mythology? Maybe there exists some sort of reflection of the great and the small, the human body joining within itself everything with everything - stories and heroes, gods and animals, the order of plants and the harmony of minerals? ~ Olga Tokarczuk,
400:The myth of the hero is the most common and the best known myth in the world . . . classical mythology . . . Greece and Rome . . . Middle Ages . . . Far East . . . contemporary primitive tribes. It also appears in dreams . . . obvious dramatic . . . profound . . . importance. P. 101 ~ Carl Gustav Jung,
401:To some extent, mythology is only the most ancient history and biography. So far from being false or fabulous in the common sense,it contains only enduring and essential truth, the I and you, the here and there, the now and then, being omitted. Either time or rare wisdom writes it. ~ Henry David Thoreau,
402:Many researchers do feel that humankind may have to face another Great Cleansing, such as the Great Flood of world mythology. Again, numerous UFO contactees and abductees feel that it is their mission to alert their fellow humans that some kind of apocalypse will soon be visited upon Earth. ~ Brad Steiger,
403:More history than ever is today being revised or invented by people who do not want the real past, but only a past that suits their purpose. Today is the great age of historical mythology. The defence of history by its professionals is today more urgent in politics than ever. We are needed. ~ Eric Hobsbawm,
404:It's starting to catch hold, and in large measure it's because we're starting to understand that much of what we have talked about in ancient mythology and mystical experience and so forth can pretty well be modeled within the world of quantum physics. That's a 20th century phenomenon also. ~ Edgar Mitchell,
405:That's such bullshit, Mythology repeated by parents because it lets them force their kids into sports and push them too hard by pretending that in the end it will pay off with the holy scholarship. You know how many kids get a free ride? Hardly any. Like, maybe fourteen.' -Finn (165) ~ Laurie Halse Anderson,
406:In Indian mythology, when the moon covers the sun, darkness has the power to cover your life.” Slowly, he makes his way out of the room and toward the exit. “But it is not always the sun that must shine to have light. In darkness, we must seek out the stars. Their brightness has its own power. ~ Sejal Badani,
407:The idea that any one of our religions represents the infallible word of the One True God requires an encyclopedic ignorance of history, mythology, and art even to be entertained—as the beliefs, rituals, and iconography of each of our religions attest to centuries of crosspollination among them. ~ Sam Harris,
408:The idea that any one of our religions represents the infallible word of the One True God requires an encyclopedic ignorance of history, mythology, and art even to be entertained—as the beliefs, rituals, and iconography of each of our religions attest to centuries of cross-pollination among them. ~ Sam Harris,
409:History seeks to be everyone’s truth, but is limited by available facts. More often than not, what is passed off as history is mythology, someone’s understanding of truth shaped by memory, feelings and desire, available facts notwithstanding. However, it is never fantasy, or no one’s truth. ~ Devdutt Pattanaik,
410:Poetry is ultimately mythology, the telling of stories of the soul. The old myths, the old gods, the old heroes have never died. They are only sleeping at the bottom of our minds, waiting for our call. We have need of them, for in their sum they epitomize the wisdom and experience of the race. ~ Stanley Kunitz,
411:The most revered presidents—Jefferson, Jackson, Lincoln, Wilson, both Roosevelts, Truman, Kennedy, Reagan, Clinton, Obama—have each advanced populist imperialism while gradually increasing inclusion of other groups beyond the core of descendants of old settlers into the ruling mythology. ~ Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz,
412:Hinduism comes closest to being a nature religion. Rivers, rocks, trees, plants, animals, and birds all play their part, both in mythology and everyday worship. This harmony is most evident in remote places like this, and I hope it does not loose its unique character in the ruthless urban advance. ~ Ruskin Bond,
413:if the mythology of humiliation has become the rallying cry for the Russian elite, and indeed its most important reason for retaining power, then how can the West possibly alleviate that humiliation? So far, every Western attempt to satisfy the Kremlin’s demands has only prompted it to make new ones. ~ Anonymous,
414:After chiding the theologian for his reliance on myth and miracle, science found itself in the unenviable position of having to create mythology of its own: namely, the assumption that what, after long effort, could not be proved to take place today had, in truth, taken place in the primeval past. ~ Loren Eiseley,
415:I consider fantasy the heir of mythology, addressing a real human need to seek out answers to life’s many mysteries. It is a genre that can tell an entertaining and enthralling story on the surface, and yet deliver a potent message underneath, where everything becomes a symbol of something greater. ~ Dean F Wilson,
416:I suppose every poet has his own private mythology. Maybe he's unaware of it. People tell me that I have evolved a private mythology of tigers, of blades, of labyrinths, and I"m unaware of the fact this is so. My readers are finding it all the time. But I think perhaps that is the duty of poet. ~ Jorge Luis Borges,
417:Music, states of happiness, mythology, faces belaboured by time, certain twilights and certain places try to tell us something, or have said something we should have missed, or are about to say something; this imminence of a revelation which does not occur is, perhaps, the aesthetic phenomenon. ~ Jorge Luis Borges,
418:From the high spiritual flights of the Vedanta philosophy, of which the latest discoveries of science seem like echoes, to the low ideas of idolatry with its multifarious mythology, the agnosticism of the Buddhists and the atheism of the Jains, each and all have a place in the Hinduism religion. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
419:Jesse Marcel's unproven story was now primetime mythology. This remote New Mexico town had hit the jackpot. It didn't matter that there wasn't a shred of credible evidence to support the claim that a flying saucer crashed here. It didn't matter that there were no credible witnesses to alien bodies. ~ Peter Jennings,
420:The idea of a “free market” separate and distinct from government has functioned as a useful cover for those who do not want the market mechanism fully exposed. They have had the most influence over it and would rather keep it that way. The mythology is useful precisely because it hides their power. ~ Robert B Reich,
421:In this age of vampires, what I love about 'True Blood' the most is that it's a post-modern take on it. 'Sookie Stackhouse' series author Charlaine Harris and 'True Blood' creator Alan Ball turned that whole mythology upside-down... It's not just about vampires. It's about a lot of different things. ~ Michelle Forbes,
422:What would ever become of Tilly-Valley's religion in that world, with headlights flashing along cemented highways, and all existence dominated by electricity? What would become of old women reading by candlelight? What would become of his own life-illusion, his secret 'mythology,' in such a world? ~ John Cowper Powys,
423:Remember this: pure literalism always leads to a decrease in meaning. Mythology and sacred texts try to lead us and allow us to have the experience for ourselves. Through our experience we discover that encounter is not only possible but desirable. So often we struggle with experiencing our experiences. ~ Richard Rohr,
424:Fairy tales and mythology have always been an exaggerated distillation of the real world. Think of them as blueprints for how to deal with a multitude of situations that can arise in a person's life. The beauty of them is that their analogies resonate so deeply and they also entertain while they teach. ~ Charles de Lint,
425:Interviewer: In terms of the wider mythology for your world, do we detect Christian influences?
Pat: What it has is the archetype of the self-sacrificing god. But honestly, by the time Jesus did that, it was old news. A bunch of people did it before Jesus—and, to be fair, some people did it better ~ Patrick Rothfuss,
426:UFO mythology is similar to the message of the classical religions where God sends his Angels as emissaries who offer salvation to those who accept the faith and obey his Prophets. Today, the chariots of the gods are UFOs. What we are witnessing in the past half century is the spawning of a New Age religion. ~ Paul Kurtz,
427:I see the main problem as a spiritual one, not a resource problem, or a problem with this or that government, but a larger problem centered around human beliefs, the troublesome elements founded in our mythology. Our problematic mythology is collapsing all around us. It is a mythology that is predatory. ~ Alberto Villoldo,
428:The Revolutionary's Utopia, which in appearance represents a complete break with the past, is always modeled on some image of the Lost Paradise, of a legendary Golden Age... All utopias are fed from the source of mythology; the social engineers' blueprints are merely revised editions of the ancient text. ~ Arthur Koestler,
429:I did have the resource of having taught Greek mythology and the history of Western civilization, and you can go back into the plays of Aeschylus and follow what happens when people seek revenge, and there are people plucking their eyes out. And Greek mythology is filled with all kinds of monsters and whatnot. ~ Wes Craven,
430:At the moment I am looking into astrology, which seems indispensable for a proper understanding of mythology. There are strange and wondrous things in these lands of darkness. Please, don't worry about my wanderings in these infinitudes. I shall return laden with rich booty for our knowledge of the human psyche. ~ Carl Jung,
431:In ancient Greece, the earth was personified as a mysterious goddess called Gaia. A cosmic, procreative womb who emerged out of the primeval void called Chaos, it was believed Gaia existed before all other life. It was also believed that Gaia created all of life. In Roman mythology, she was known as Terra. At ~ Kris Waldherr,
432:Drawing from the costumed and goth-infused death metal found in the icy Netherlands, doom metal down-tuned all the guitars, drew inspiration from the drones of Tibetan monks and Hindu ragas, and created a new mythology of metal, one that embraced decay and darkness as an essential part of the human condition. ~ Peter Bebergal,
433:Dutifully I knock on the table. “What does knock on wood even mean?” Daddy perks up. “Actually, it’s thought to come from Greek mythology. According to Greek myths, dryads lived in trees, and people would invoke them for protection. Hence knocking on wood: just that added bit of protection so as not to tempt fate. ~ Jenny Han,
434:Literature is conscious mythology: as society develops, its mythical stories become structural principles of story-telling, its mythical concepts, sun-gods and the like, become habits of metaphoric thought. In a fully mature literary tradition the writerenters intoa structure of traditional stories and images. ~ Northrop Frye,
435:Totally unlike the uncultured Firbolgs, the Tuatha De Danann were a capable and cultured, highly civilized people, so skilled in the crafts, if not the arts, that the Firbolgs named them necromancers; and in course of time both the Firbolgs and the later-coming Milesians created a mythology around these. The ~ Seumas MacManus,
436:I am intrigued with scriptural mythology that tells us that God created a divine feminine presence to dwell amongst humanity. This concept has had a constant influence on the work. I have imagined her as ubiquitous, watchful, and often in motion. This work is, in effect, the photographic image of the invisible. ~ Leonard Nimoy,
437:Music, feelings of happiness, mythology, faces worn by time, certain twilights and certain places, want to tell us something, or they told us something that we should not have missed, or they are about to tell us something; this imminence of a revelation that is not produced is, perhaps, the esthetic event. ~ Jorge Luis Borges,
438:The Greek, the Roman, and the Barbarian, as they met before their respective altars, easily persuaded themselves, that under various names, and with various ceremonies, they adored the same deities. The elegant mythology of Homer gave a beautiful, and almost a regular form, to the polytheism of the ancient world. ~ Edward Gibbon,
439:Medical training taught me the art of breaking down the complex maze of stories, symbols and rituals into clear systems. You could say that it helped me figure out the anatomy and physiology of mythology and its relevance in a society more incisively. How is it that no society can, or does, exist without them? ~ Devdutt Pattanaik,
440:Music, feelings of happiness, mythology, faces worn by time, certain twilights and certain places, want to tell us something, or they told us something that we should not have missed, or they are about to tell us something; this imminence of a revelation that is not produced is, perhaps, 'the aesthetic event'. ~ Jorge Luis Borges,
441:It is pure mythology that women cannot perform as well as men in science, engineering and mathematics. In my experience, the opposite is true: Women are often more adept and patient at untangling complex problems, multitasking, seeing the possibilities in new solutions and winning team support for collaborative action. ~ Weili Dai,
442:One of the things I'm trying to do over and over again in my books is create new mythologies, create new ways to understand the complexity of the world. I think what mythology does is impress upon chaotic experience the patterns, hierarchies and shapes which allow us to interpret the chaos and make fresh sense of it. ~ Clive Barker,
443:Hundreds of years ago, Indian artists created visual images of dancing Shivas in a beautiful series of bronzes. In our time, physicists have used the most advanced technology to portray the patterns of the cosmic dance. The metaphor of the cosmic dance thus unifies ancient mythology, religious art and modern physics. ~ Fritjof Capra,
444:Spirit Woods. They’d buried Max in the shadows of the forest—a forest that had quite a reputation. She’d been born and raised in Jamesville, had been spoon-fed the town’s mythology, had heard dozens of tales about strange, jewel-toned lights, odd weather patterns, and the whisper of voices that echoed among the trees. ~ Liliana Hart,
445:Turn over, Helen."
An approving sound, very nearly a purr, left his throat as she obeyed. He looked down at her with eyes as bright as the reflection of stars in a midnight ocean. So brutally handsome, like one of the volatile gods of mythology, wreaking havoc on hapless mortal maidens at a whim.
And he was hers. ~ Lisa Kleypas,
446:People who become great leaders are those who take time to reflect every day on the big questions: Who am I? What is my purpose? Who are my heroes in history, mythology, and religion? What are my unique talents and how do I express them? These are the qualities of silent reflection that make a great leader, like Jesus. ~ Deepak Chopra,
447:This killing of his 'mythology' how could he survive it? His 'mythology' had been his escape from life, his escape into a world where machinery could not reach him, his escape into a deep, green, lovely world where thoughts unfolded themselves like large, beautiful leaves growing out of fathoms of blue-green water! ~ John Cowper Powys,
448:I remember sitting in this cabin in Alaska one evening reading over the notes of all these encounters, and recalling Joseph Campbell, who wrote in the conclusion to 'Primitive Mythology' that men do not discover their gods, they create them. So do they also, I thought, looking at the notes before me, create their animals. ~ Barry Lopez,
449:I think airports are places of huge human drama. The more I see of it, the more I am convinced that Heathrow is a secret city, with its own history, folklore and mythology. But what has surprised me is the love the people who work there feel for the place. Everyone seems to think they are plugged into something majestic. ~ Tony Parsons,
450:In how few words, for instance, the Greeks would have told the story of Abelard and Heloise, making but a sentence of our classical dictionary.... We moderns, on the other hand, collect only the raw materials of biography and history, "memoirs to serve for a history," which is but materials to serve for a mythology. ~ Henry David Thoreau,
451:Communism is Utopia, that is nowhere. It is the avatar of all our religious eschatologies: the coming of the Messiah, the second coming of Christ, nirvana. It is not a historical prospect, but a current mythology. Socialism, by contrast, is a realizable historical system which may one day be instituted in the world. ~ Immanuel Wallerstein,
452:Shakespeare said that art is a mirror held up to nature. And that’s what it is. The nature is your nature, and all of these wonderful poetic images of mythology are referring to something in you. When your mind is trapped by the image out there so that you never make the reference to yourself, you have misread the image. ~ Joseph Campbell,
453:The spiritual man in mythology, in literature and in the great world religions has an excess of life, he knows he has it, makes no apology for it, and finally recognizes that he does not even need to protect or guard it. It is not for him. It is for others. His life is not his own. His life is not about him. It is about God. ~ Richard Rohr,
454:It is impossible to repristinate a past world picture by sheer resolve, especially a mythical world picture, now that all of our thinking is irrevocably formed by science. A blind acceptance of New Testament mythology would be simply arbitrariness; to make such acceptance a demand of faith would be to reduce faith to a work. ~ Rudolf Bultmann,
455:There is a current mythology in our culture that anytime we meet someone and have that "enchanted evening" experience, that experience of looking into the eyes of the other and falling hopelessly in love - that this is nothing more than a delusion; a mutual projection, a fantasy that will only last until reality sets in. ~ Marianne Williamson,
456:The United States is a society in which people not only can get by without knowing much about the wider world but are systematically encouraged not to think independently or critically, and instead to accept the mythology of the United States as a benevolent, misunderstood giant as it lumbers around the world trying to do good. ~ Robert Jensen,
457:WE NOW KNOW TWO HIGHLY important things about people,” Ishmael said, “at least according to Taker mythology. One, there’s something fundamentally wrong with them, and, two, they have no certain knowledge about how they ought to live—and never will have any. It seems as though there should be a connection between these two things. ~ Daniel Quinn,
458:Woman, in the picture language of mythology, represents the totality of what can be known… (She) is the guide to the sublime acme of sensuous adventure. By deficient eyes she is reduced to inferior states; by the evil eye of ignorance she is spellbound to banality and ugliness. But she is redeemed by the eyes of understanding. ~ Joseph Campbell,
459:And that was the soft spot which destroyed what was in many ways an admirable culture. The junior hoodlums who roamed their streets were symptoms of a greater sickness; their citizens (all of them counted as such) glorified their mythology of ‘rights’ . . . and lost track of their duties. No nation, so constituted, can endure. ~ Robert A Heinlein,
460:If you stand in a wheat field at this time of year, a few weeks from harvest, it's not hard to imagine you're looking at something out of mythology: all this golden sunlight brought down to earth, captured in kernels of gold, and rendered fit for mortals to eat. But of course this is no myth at all, just the plain miraculous fact. ~ Michael Pollan,
461:There is a diverse meaning to the lyrics as well. A lot of the stuff I write is from a personal level but is not really anything that I care about if people get or not so I write alot of the stuff as metaphors based in Viking mythology and Viking History which is sort of my main interest in life and sort of my main atmosphere in life. ~ Johan Hegg,
462:Octavia and Walter and Junot were speaking a language I’d heard all around me on the street but never read on the page, certainly not in the context of stories about aliens, detectives, or supernerds. This was a new mythology; it was permission. I’d always known I could get lost in a book; now I knew I could be found in one too. I ~ Daniel Jos Older,
463:But our ways of learning about the world are strongly influenced by the social preconceptions and biased modes of thinking that each scientist must apply to any problem. The stereotype of a fully rational and objective scientific method, with individual scientists as logical (and interchangeable) robots, is self-serving mythology. ~ Stephen Jay Gould,
464:Even perfection is a myth. There is no evidence of a perfect world, a perfect man or a perfect family anywhere on earth. Perfection, be it Rama Rajya or Camelot, exists only in mythology. Yet everyone craves for it. This craving inspires art, establishes empires, sparks revolutions and motivates leaders. Such is the power of myth. ~ Devdutt Pattanaik,
465:If philosophy is still necessary, it is so only in the way it has been from time immemorial: as critique, as resistance to the expanding heteronomy, even if only as thought's powerless attempt to remain its own master and to convict of untruth, by their own criteria, both a fabricated mythology and a conniving, resigned acquiescence. ~ Theodor Adorno,
466:The wedding is the chief ceremony of the middle-class mythology, and it functions as the official entrée of the spouses to their middle-class status. This is the real meaning of saving up to get married. The young couple struggles to set up an image of comfortable life which they will be forced to live up to in the years that follow. ~ Germaine Greer,
467:And that brings me to my definition of power, which is simply this: the capacity to make others do what you would have them do. It sounds menacing, doesn't it? We don't like to talk about power. We find it scary. We find it somehow evil. We feel uncomfortable naming it. In the culture and mythology of democracy, power resides with the people. ~ Eric Liu,
468:I walk out into a nature such as the old prophets and poets Menu, Moses, Homer, Chaucer, walked in. You may name it America, but it is not America. Neither Americus Vespucius, nor Columbus, nor the rest were the discoverers of it. There is a truer account of it in Mythology than in any history of America so called that I have seen. ~ Henry David Thoreau,
469:Whether it be because the Fall has really brought men nearer to less desirable neighbours in the spiritual world, or whether it is merely that the mood of men eager or greedy finds it easier to imagine evil, I believe that the black magic of witchcraft has been much more practical and much less poetical than the white magic of mythology. ~ G K Chesterton,
470:Philosophy of course is the essence of every religion; mythology explains and illustrates it by means of the more or less legendary lives of great men, stories and fables of wonderful things, and so on; ritual gives to that philosophy a still more concrete form, so that every one may grasp it — ritual is in fact concretised philosophy. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
471:Saaremaa Crater Field KAALI, SAAREMAA Opinions vary on when it happened, but at some point between 5600 BCE and 600 BCE, a large meteor entered the atmosphere, broke into pieces, and slammed into the forest floor of the island of Saaremaa. The heat of the impact instantly incinerated trees within a 3-mile radius (5 km). A mythology developed ~ Joshua Foer,
472:I walk out into a Nature such as the old prophets and poets, Manu, Moses, Homer, Chaucer, walked in. You may name it America, but it is not America: neither Americus Vespucius, nor Columbus, nor the rest were the discoverers of it. There is a truer account of it in mythology than in any history of America, so called, that I have seen. ~ Henry David Thoreau,
473:For black people in the western hemisphere, if you can't generate a mythology that creates models of heroism and power out of the mythology that you had, then that means that somehow the mythology you had was not only feeble and weak, but that you are ultimately a powerless people. That's a notion that, I think, that can't be accepted. ~ Kerry James Marshall,
474:But I've always been a sucker for a good double entendre; the gap between what is said and what is thought, what is stated and what is implied, is a place in which I have always found myself. I'm really not a liar, I just learned very early on that those of us deprived of history sometimes need to turn to mythology to feel complete, to belong.(p10) ~ Meera Syal,
475:[John Musker] got me reading the mythology and we very early on we worked up a basic storyline centered around the character of Maui. He just seemed like a great character to kind of build a movie around. He's this mythic demi-god, bigger than life character. He pulled up islands with his magical fishhook. He slowed down the sun. He's Pan Pacific. ~ Ron Clements,
476:My eighth grade teacher, Mrs. Pabst, had done her master's thesis on Tolkien. She showed me how the trilogy was patterned after Norse mythology. She was also the first person to encourage me to submit stories for publication. The idea of writing a fantasy based on myths never left me, and many years later, this would lead me to write Percy Jackson. ~ Rick Riordan,
477:It’s a box!” “It could be treasure, do you think?” “It’s growing legs, by the Seven Moons of Nasreem!” “Five moons—” “Where’d it go? Where’d it go?” “Never mind about that, it’s not important. Let’s get this straight, according to the legend it was five moons—” In Klatch they take their mythology seriously. It’s only real life they don’t believe. ~ Terry Pratchett,
478:Most people don't think Batman = Bob Kane or Batman = Christopher Nolan. Most people think Batman = Me. The public thinks it owns Batman, which is how mythology works. Who is the author of the Greek myths? It's not exactly Homer. Because we are the ones who have kept the myths alive over centuries by retelling the stories in a myriad of different forms. ~ Ryan Britt,
479:He thought of the deep crevasses and windy caves of Underlay, and the stories of the creatures that dwelt there. Of course, he didn’t believe in them. He’d told them, because the handing on of an oral mythology was very important to a developing culture, but he didn’t believe in supernatural monsters. He shivered. He hoped they didn’t believe in him. ~ Terry Pratchett,
480:Clearly, mythology is no toy for children. Nor is it a matter of archaic, merely scholarly concern, of no moment to modern men of action. For its symbols (whether in the tangible form of images or in the abstract form of ideas) touch and release the deepest centers of motivation, moving literate and illiterate alike, moving mobs, moving civilizations. ~ Joseph Campbell,
481:I looked at the titles on the bookshelf and found a book on Greek mythology next to a book of poetry, which was flanked by a book on German philosophy. "How are these organized?"

"They're not."

I turned to him. "How do you find anything? There must be thousands of books here."

"I like the search. It's like visiting old friends. ~ Julianne Donaldson,
482:For man to enter history as the rational animal, it was necessary for him to be convinced that the objects of his reasoning, the Ideas, were more real than his own individual person or the particular objects that made up his world. The great step forward into rationalism required its own mythology—such perhaps is always the ambiguity of human evolution. ~ William Barrett,
483:Although it is tempting to imagine an ancient era innocent of biochemical weaponry, in fact this Pandora's box of horrors was opened thousands of years ago. The history of making war with biological weapons begins in mythology, in ancient oral traditions that preserved records of actual events and ideas of the era before the invention of written histories. ~ Adrienne Mayor,
484:I love to read about music and about art, but I don't try and take things about mythology or guidelines as to how I'm to behave as an artist. It's the realm of intellectual debate. Actually, more and more my direction is trying to get further away from being self-conscious of what the parameters are of the mainstream, where it intersects with the underground. ~ Emily Haines,
485:When you look at that nature world it becomes an icon, it becomes a holy picture that speaks of the origins of the world. Almost every mythology sees the origins of life coming out of water. And, curiously, that's true. It's amusing that the origin of life out of water is in myths and then again, finally, in science, we find the same thing. It's exactly so. ~ Joseph Campbell,
486:in this wonderful human brain of ours there has dawned a realization unknown to the other primates. It is that of the individual, conscious of himself as such, and aware that he, and all that he cares for, will one day die. Fig. 2.2 — Neanderthal Burial This recognition of mortality and the requirement to transcend it is the first great impulse to mythology. ~ Joseph Campbell,
487:Mythology is not a lie, mythology is poetry, it is metaphorical. It has been well said that mythology is the penultimate truth--penultimate because the ultimate cannot be put into words. It is beyond words. Beyond images, beyond that bounding rim of the Buddhist Wheel of Becoming. Mythology pitches the mind beyond that rim, to what can be known but not told. ~ Joseph Campbell,
488:So the mythological imagination moves as it were in circles, hovering either to find a place or to return to it. In a word, mythology is a search; it is something that combines a recurrent desire with a recurrent doubt, mixing a most hungry sincerity in the idea of seeking for a place with a most dark and deep and mysterious levity about all the places found. ~ G K Chesterton,
489:It's like our go-to notion of innocent and secure mythology of American life. I was always amazed when people would come up to me and say that 'Far from Heaven' was exactly what it was like back then. [laughs] I was so disinterested in what it was 'really like' in the 1950s when I was putting the film together, I was only interested in what it was like in movies. ~ Todd Haynes,
490:The Unitarian Church has done more than any other church to substitute character for creed, and to say that a man should be judged by his spirit; by the climate of his heart; by the autumn of his generosity; by the spring of his hope; that he should be judged by what he does; by the influence that he exerts, rather than by the mythology he may believe. ~ Robert Green Ingersoll,
491:Everything I have learned about love, I learned from my mother. For it is mothers who bend, twist, flex, and break most dramatically before our uninitiated eyes. Fathers bear, conceal, inflict, sometimes vanish, so the mythology of domestic union tells us. But mothers absorb, accept, give in, all to tutor daughters in the syntax, the grammar of yearning and love. ~ Marita Golden,
492:The more completely the machinery of thought subjugates existence, the more blindly it is satisfied with reproducing it. Enlightenment thereby regresses to the mythology it has never been able to escape. For mythology had reflected in its forms the essence of the existing order - cyclical motion, fate, domination of the world as truth - and had renounced hope. ~ Theodor W Adorno,
493:Lest we forget at least an over the shoulder acknowledgment to the very first radical: from all our legends, mythology and history (and who is to know where mythology leaves off and history begins - or which is which), the very first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom - Lucifer. ~ Saul Alinsky,
494:Another peculiar characteristic of the human mind is its ability to have ideas and experiences that we cannot explain rationally. We have imagination, a faculty that enables us to think of something that is not immediately present, and that, when we first conceive it, has no objective existence. The imagination is the faculty that produces religion and mythology. ~ Karen Armstrong,
495:Buffett was a billionaire who drove his own car, did his own taxes, and still lived in a home he had bought in 1958 for $31,500. He seemed to answer to a deeply rooted, distinctly American mythology, in which decency and common sense triumphed over cosmopolitan guile, and in which an idealized past held firm against a rootless and too hurriedly changing present. ~ Roger Lowenstein,
496:One cannot predict the next mythology any more than one can predict tonight's dream; for a mythology is not an ideology. It is not something projected from the brain, but something experienced from the heart, from recognition of identities behind or within the appearances of nature, perceiving with love a 'thou' where there would otherwise have been only an 'it.' ~ Joseph Campbell,
497:Religion is the emulation of the adult by the child. Religion is the encystment of past beliefs: mythology, which is guesswork, the hidden assumptions of trust in the universe, those pronouncements which men have made in search of personal power, all of it mingled with shreds of enlightenment. And always the ultimate unspoken commandment is ‘Thou shalt not question! ~ Frank Herbert,
498:Whatever their imagined source, the doctrines of modern religions are no more tenable than those which, for lack of adherents, were cast upon the scrap heap of mythology millennia ago; for there is no more evidence to justify a belief in the literal existence of Yahweh and Satan than there was to keep Zeus perched upon his mountain throne or Poseidon churning the seas. ~ Sam Harris,
499:...a fundamental rule of journalism, which is to tell a story and stick to it. The narratives of journalism (significantly called "stories"), like those of mythology and folklore, derive their power from their firm, undeviating sympathies and antipathies. Cinderella must remain good and the stepsisters bad. "Second stepsister not so bad after all" is not a good story. ~ Janet Malcolm,
500:When you listen to the Anthology of American Folk Music, or anything like that - a compilation of garage bands from the Northeast in the early '60s - you're not necessarily listening to the band and thinking about the lead singer, or the story of the group, or the context or the mythology of the group. You're just listening to the song and whether or not it has a hook. ~ Bradford Cox,

--- IN CHAPTERS (in Dictionaries, in Quotes, in Chapters)


   3 Occultism
   1 Yoga
   1 Philosophy

   6 Carl Jung
   3 Sri Ramakrishna
   2 Sri Aurobindo
   2 Jorge Luis Borges

   6 The Secret Doctrine
   6 Aion
   4 The Hero with a Thousand Faces
   4 A Garden of Pomegranates - An Outline of the Qabalah
   3 Walden
   3 The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
   2 The Secret Of The Veda
   2 Isha Upanishad

1.00_-_Gospel, #The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna, #Sri Ramakrishna, #Hinduism
  Gaddhar grew up into a healthy and restless boy, full of fun and sweet mischief. He was intelligent and precocious and endowed with a prodigious memory. On his father's lap he learnt by heart the names of his ancestors and the hymns to the gods and goddesses, and at the village school he was taught to read and write. But his greatest delight was to listen to recitations of stories from Hindu Mythology and the epics. These he would afterwards recount from memory, to the great joy of the villagers. Painting he enjoyed; the art of moulding images of the gods and goddesses he learnt from the potters. But arithmetic was his great aversion.

1.00_-_Gospel_Preface, #The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna, #Sri Ramakrishna, #Hinduism
  "M", as the author modestly styles himself, was peculiarly qualified for his task. To a reverent love for his master, to a deep and experiential knowledge of that master's teaching, he added a prodigious memory for the small happenings of each day and a happy gift for recording them in an interesting and realistic way. Making good use of his natural gifts and of the circumstances in which he found himself, "M" produced a book unique, so far as my knowledge goes, in the literature of hagiography. No other saint has had so able and indefatigable a Boswell. Never have the small events of a contemplative's daily life been described with such a wealth of intimate detail. Never have the casual and unstudied utterances of a great religious teacher been set down with so minute a fidelity. To Western readers, it is true, this fidelity and this wealth of detail are sometimes a trifle disconcerting; for the social, religious and intellectual frames of reference within which Sri Ramakrishna did his thinking and expressed his feelings were entirely Indian. But after the first few surprises and bewilderments, we begin to find something peculiarly stimulating and instructive about the very strangeness and, to our eyes, the eccentricity of the man revealed to us in "M's" narrative. What a scholastic philosopher would call the "accidents" of Ramakrishna's life were intensely Hindu and therefore, so far as we in the West are concerned, unfamiliar and hard to understand; its "essence", however, was intensely mystical and therefore universal. To read through these conversations in which mystical doctrine alternates with an unfamiliar kind of humour, and where discussions of the oddest aspects of Hindu Mythology give place to the most profound and subtle utterances about the nature of Ultimate Reality, is in itself a liberal, education in humility, tolerance and suspense of judgment. We must be grateful to the translator for his excellent version of a book so curious and delightful as a biographical document, so precious, at the same time, for what it teaches us of the life of the spirit.

1.01_-_Economy, #Walden, and On The Duty Of Civil Disobedience, #Henry David Thoreau, #Philosophy
  We might try our lives by a thousand simple tests; as, for instance, that the same sun which ripens my beans illumines at once a system of earths like ours. If I had remembered this it would have prevented some mistakes. This was not the light in which I hoed them. The stars are the apexes of what wonderful triangles! What distant and different beings in the various mansions of the universe are contemplating the same one at the same moment! Nature and human life are as various as our several constitutions. Who shall say what prospect life offers to another? Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each others eyes for an instant? We should live in all the ages of the world in an hour; ay, in all the worlds of the ages. History, Poetry,
  Mythology!I know of no reading of anothers experience so startling and informing as this would be.

1.01_-_Historical_Survey, #A Garden of Pomegranates - An Outline of the Qabalah, #Israel Regardie, #Occultism
  Aohar to the " Am ha-aretz " in a way in which no previous set of Rabbis had succeeded in doing, and it would, more- over, appear that the Practical Qabalah received a con- siderable impetus at the same time. For we find that
  Poland, Galicia, and certain portions of Russia have been the scene of the activities of wandering Rabbis and Tal- mudic scholars who were styled " Tsadikim " or magicians, men who assiduously devoted their lives and their powers to the Practical Qabalah. But it was not until the last century, with its impetus to all kinds of studies in com- parative Mythology and religious controversy that we dis- cover an attempt to weld all philosophies, religions, scientific ideas and symbols into a coherent Whole.

1.02_-_The_Shadow, #Aion, #Carl Jung, #Psychology
  sciousness explain the stubbornness of their projections. Though
  the shadow is a motif as well known to Mythology as anima and
  animus, it represents first and foremost the personal uncon-

1.03_-_Spiritual_Realisation,_The_aim_of_Bhakti-Yoga, #Bhakti-Yoga, #Swami Vivekananda, #Hinduism
  Bhakti-Yoga, as we have said, is divided into the Gauni or the preparatory, and the Par or the supreme forms. We shall find, as we go on, how in the preparatory stage we unavoidably stand in need of many concrete helps to enable us to get on; and indeed the mythological and symbological parts of all religions are natural growths which early environ the aspiring soul and help it Godward. It is also a significant fact that spiritual giants have been produced only in those systems of religion where there is an exuberant growth of rich Mythology and ritualism. The dry fanatical forms of religion which attempt to eradicate all that is poetical, all that is beautiful and sublime, all that gives a firm grasp to the infant mind tottering in its Godward way the forms which attempt to break down the very ridge-poles of the spiritual roof, and in their ignorant and superstitious conceptions of truth try to drive away all that is life-giving, all that furnishes the formative material to the spiritual plant growing in the human soul such forms of religion too soon find that all that is left to them is but an empty shell, a contentless frame of words and sophistry with perhaps a little flavour of a kind of social scavengering or the socalled spirit of reform.

1.03_-_The_Sephiros, #A Garden of Pomegranates - An Outline of the Qabalah, #Israel Regardie, #Occultism
  Tahuti or Thoth is attributed to this Sephirah of Wisdom, for he was the god of writing, learning, and magick. Thoth is represented as an Ibis-headed God, and occasionally has an ape or baboon in attendance. Pallas Athena, insofar as she is the giver of intellectual gifts and one in whom power and wisdom were harmoniously blended, the Goddess of
  Wisdom who sprang full-armed from the brain of Zeus, is attributed to Chokmah. In Greek Mythology, she appeared as the preserver of human life, and instituted the ancient court of the Areopagus at Athens. She is also Minerva in
   the correspondence of Poseidon the ruler of the seas in Mythology, and Jupiter, or rather that aspect of him which was originally, in earliest Rome, an elemental or tutelary divinity, worshipped as the God of Rain, Storms, and

1.04_-_Sounds, #Walden, and On The Duty Of Civil Disobedience, #Henry David Thoreau, #Philosophy
  When I meet the engine with its train of cars moving off with planetary motion,or, rather, like a comet, for the beholder knows not if with that velocity and with that direction it will ever revisit this system, since its orbit does not look like a returning curve,with its steam cloud like a banner streaming behind in golden and silver wreaths, like many a downy cloud which I have seen, high in the heavens, unfolding its masses to the light,as if this travelling demigod, this cloud-compeller, would ere long take the sunset sky for the livery of his train; when I hear the iron horse make the hills echo with his snort like thunder, shaking the earth with his feet, and breathing fire and smoke from his nostrils, (what kind of winged horse or fiery dragon they will put into the new Mythology I dont know), it seems as if the earth had got a race now worthy to inhabit it. If all were as it seems, and men made the elements their servants for noble ends! If the cloud that hangs over the engine were the perspiration of heroic deeds, or as beneficent as that which floats over the farmers fields, then the elements and Nature herself would cheerfully accompany men on their errands and be their escort.

1.04_-_The_Crossing_of_the_First_Threshold, #The Hero with a Thousand Faces, #Joseph Campbell, #Mythology
  "The foot," writes Dr. Freud, "is an age-old sexual symbol which occurs
  even in Mythology" (Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality, p. 155). The
  name Oedipus, it should be noted, means "the swollen footed."
  Nkres slovanskho bjeslovi (Prague, 1891), an English abridgment of which
  will be found in Mchal's Slavic Mythology (The Mythology of All Races,
  Vol. Ill, Boston, 1918).

1.04_-_The_Paths, #A Garden of Pomegranates - An Outline of the Qabalah, #Israel Regardie, #Occultism
  The animal appropriate to Aleph is the Eagle, the king of the birds, since we learn from classical Mythology that the Eagle was sacred to Jupiter ; whose sacrifices, I may add, generally consisted of bulls and cows. Its element is
  Air A, rushing aimlessly hither and thither, always pressing or tending in a downward direction.
  The Orphic congregations at certain of their holiest secret convocations solemnly partook of the blood of a bull, according to Murray, which bull was, by some mystery, the blood of Dionysius-Zagreus himself, the " Bull of God " slain in sacrifice for the purification of man. And the
  Msenads of poetry and Mythology, among more beautiful proofs of their superhuman character, have always to tear bulls in pieces and taste of the blood. The reader will also recall to mind the fair promise of Lord Dunsany's most interesting story, The Blessing of Pan.
  Norse myths as a War god, and sent the Valkyries to welcome the fallen heroes to the festive boards of Valhalla.
  Anderson in his Norse Mythology says that the Valkyries
  " are the handmaidens of Odin, and the God of War sends his thoughts and his will to the carnage of the battlefield in the form of mighty armed women, in the same manner as he sends his ravens all over the earth ".

1.04_-_The_Self, #Aion, #Carl Jung, #Psychology
  figures meet with understanding from all who have any knowl-
  edge of comparative Mythology. They have no difficulty in rec-
  ognizing the shadow as the adverse representative of the dark
  scenes having a not inconsiderable resemblance to the motifs of
  Mythology. For myths are miracle tales and treat of all those
  things which, very often, are also objects of belief.
  exist; that is to say, until 1933 only lunatics would have been
  found in possession of living fragments of Mythology. After this
  date the world of heroes and monsters spread like a devastating

1.05_-_Solitude, #Walden, and On The Duty Of Civil Disobedience, #Henry David Thoreau, #Philosophy
  I have occasional visits in the long winter evenings, when the snow falls fast and the wind howls in the wood, from an old settler and original proprietor, who is reported to have dug Walden Pond, and stoned it, and fringed it with pine woods; who tells me stories of old time and of new eternity; and between us we manage to pass a cheerful evening with social mirth and pleasant views of things, even without apples or cider,a most wise and humorous friend, whom I love much, who keeps himself more secret than ever did Goffe or Whalley; and though he is thought to be dead, none can show where he is buried. An elderly dame, too, dwells in my neighborhood, invisible to most persons, in whose odorous herb garden I love to stroll sometimes, gathering simples and listening to her fables; for she has a genius of unequalled fertility, and her memory runs back farther than Mythology, and she can tell me the original of every fable, and on what fact every one is founded, for the incidents occurred when she was young. A ruddy and lusty old dame, who delights in all weathers and seasons, and is likely to outlive all her children yet.

1.06_-_The_Sign_of_the_Fishes, #Aion, #Carl Jung, #Psychology
  who are more qualified than I, we can support our argument
  on the well-attested fact that glimpses of astrological Mythology
  may be caught behind the stories of the worldly and other-

1.08_-_The_Historical_Significance_of_the_Fish, #Aion, #Carl Jung, #Psychology
  45 De Gubernatis, Zoological Mythology, II, pp. 334^

1.09_-_Saraswati_and_Her_Consorts, #The Secret Of The Veda, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  One may doubt whether Agni is anything more than the personification of the sacrificial Fire or of the physical principle of Light and Heat in things, or Indra anything more than the god of the sky and the rain or of physical Light, or Vayu anything more than the divinity in the Wind and Air or at most of the physical
  Life-breath. In the lesser gods the naturalistic interpretation has less ground for confidence; for it is obvious that Varuna is not merely a Vedic Uranus or Neptune, but a god with great and important moral functions; Mitra and Bhaga have the same psychological aspect; the Ribhus who form things by the mind and build up immortality by works can with difficulty be crushed into the Procrustean measure of a naturalistic Mythology. Still by imputing a chaotic confusion of ideas to the poets of the Vedic hymns the difficulty can be trampled upon, if not overcome.
  The association of a river with the poetical inspiration occurs also in the Greek Mythology; but there the Muses are not conceived of as rivers; they are only connected in a not very intelligible fashion with a particular earthly stream. This stream is the river Hippocrene, the fountain of the Horse, and to account for its name we have a legend that it sprang from the hoof of the divine horse Pegasus; for he smote the rock with his hoof and the waters of inspiration gushed out where the mountain had been thus smitten. Was this legend merely a Greek fairy tale or had it any special meaning? And it is evident that if it had any meaning, it must, since it obviously refers to a psychological phenomenon, the birth of the waters of inspiration, have had a psychological meaning; it must have been an attempt to put into concrete figures certain psychological facts.
  The rays in the Veda are the rays of Surya, the Sun. Are we to suppose that the goddess is a deity of the physical Light or are we to translate "go" by cow and suppose that Mahi is full of cows for the sacrificer? The psychological character of
  Saraswati comes to our rescue against the last absurd supposition, but it negatives equally the naturalistic interpretation. This characterisation of Mahi, Saraswati's companion in the sacrifice, the sister of the goddess of inspiration, entirely identified with her in the later Mythology, is one proof among a hundred others that light in the Veda is a symbol of knowledge, of spiritual illumination. Surya is the Lord of the supreme Sight, the vast
  Light, br.haj jyotih., or, as it is sometimes called, the true Light, r.tam jyotih.. And the connection between the words r.tam and br.hat is constant in the Veda.

1.14_-_Bibliography, #Aion, #Carl Jung, #Psychology
  de Gubernatis, Angelo. Zoological Mythology. London, 1872. 2 vols.

1.15_-_Index, #Aion, #Carl Jung, #Psychology
  of, 20; dogma and, 174-75; and
  Mythology, 179
  "mythological" aspects, 30
  Mythology, 35; comparative, 34;

1.18_-_The_Human_Fathers, #The Secret Of The Veda, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  It is Indra and the serpent Vritra, it is Apollo and the Python, it is Thor and the Giants, Sigurd and Fafner, it is the mutually opposing gods of the Celtic Mythology; but only in the Veda do we find the key to this imagery which conceals the hope or the wisdom of a prehistoric humanity.

2.01_-_The_Road_of_Trials, #The Hero with a Thousand Faces, #Joseph Campbell, #Mythology
  S. N. Kramer, Sumerian Mythology (American Philosophical Society
  Memoirs, Vol. XXI; Philadelphia, 1944), pp. 86-93. The Mythology of Sumer
  is of especial importance to us of the West; for it was the source of the

2.02_-_Meeting_With_the_Goddess, #The Hero with a Thousand Faces, #Joseph Campbell, #Mythology
  prise, and fear.
  Woman, in the picture language of Mythology, represents the
  totality of what can be known. The hero is the one who comes to

2.02_-_The_Ishavasyopanishad_with_a_commentary_in_English, #Isha Upanishad, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  You speak of it as a God, I think, metaphorically. Science
  has done away with the Gods of the old crude Mythology.

2.03_-_Karmayogin_A_Commentary_on_the_Isha_Upanishad, #Isha Upanishad, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  the mountaintops of existence in the bright sunshine is a world
  of the gods. All this is of course Mythology and metaphor, but
  the Asuric worlds are a reality; they are the worlds of gloom

2.05_-_Apotheosis, #The Hero with a Thousand Faces, #Joseph Campbell, #Mythology
  den, who created man in his own image, male and female (Genesis, 1:27).
  Cf. E. T. C. Werner, A Dictionary of Chinese Mythology (Shanghai,
  1932), p. 163.

2.14_-_INSTRUCTION_TO_VAISHNAVS_AND_BRHMOS, #The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna, #Sri Ramakrishna, #Hinduism
  "At first he was a bigoted worshipper of akti. He used to pick up tulsi leaves with a couple of sticks, so as not to touch them with his fingers. (All laugh.) Then he went home. When he came back he didn't behave that way any more. He gave remarkable interpretations of Hindu Mythology. He would say that the ten heads of Ravana represented the ten organs. Kumbhakarna was the symbol, of tamas, Ravana of rajas, and Bibhishana of sattva. That was why Bibhishana obtained favour with Rma."

2.14_-_The_Unpacking_of_God, #Sex Ecology Spirituality, #Ken Wilber, #Philosophy
  This is not Eros; this is Phobos-a withdrawal from social engagement and intersubjective action. All of this totally overlooks the fact that Spirit manifests not only as Self (I) but as intersubjective Community (We) and as an objective State of Affairs (It)-as Buddha, Sangha, Dharma-each inseparably interwoven with the others and interwoven in the Good and the Goodness of the All.
  The Eco camps likewise too often misinterpret the intuition of the World Soul, but in the other direction, as some sort of Gaia-self, but still and equally framed in monological and flatland terms. Not NATURE, but nature, is their beloved God/dess. Actual hierarchies of any sort are denied in the name of a diversitarian stance that explicitly denies that which its own stance implicitly presupposes. In their understandable zeal to go transrational, they often embrace any prerational occasion simply because it is nonrational-any occasion that looks biocentrically oriented, from horticultural planting Mythology to rampant tribalism to indissociated magic and sensual glorification of a sentimental nature, all in the name of saving Gaia.
  The Eco-Noetic Self is thus often misinterpreted as a merely ecological self (the absolutizing of the biosphere)-completely overlooking the fact that no ecological self can take the role of other. The resultant regressive slide is just as disheartening as the Ego's aggressive repression. This is not Agape; this is Thanatos. An attempt to save the lower by killing the higher.

2.24_-_The_Evolution_of_the_Spiritual_Man, #The Life Divine, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  If we look at the past, we can still see the evidences of this line of natural evolution, although most of its earlier stages are hidden from us in the unwritten pages of prehistory. It has been contended that religion in its beginnings was nothing but a mass of animism, fetishism, magic, totemism, taboo, myth, superstitious symbol, with the medicine-man as priest, a mental fungus of primitive human ignorance, - later on at its best a form of Nature-worship. It could well have been so in the primitive mind, though we have to add the proviso that behind much of its beliefs and practices there may have been a truth of an inferior but very effective kind that we have lost with our superior development. Primitive man lives much in a low and small province of his life-being, and this corresponds on the occult plane to an invisible Nature which is of a like character and whose occult powers can be called into activity by a knowledge and methods to which the lower vital intuitions and instincts may open a door of access. This might be formulated in a first stage of religious belief and practice which would be occult after a crude inchoate fashion in its character and interests, not yet spiritual; its main element would be a calling in of small lifepowers and elemental beings to the aid of small life-desires and a rude physical welfare.
  But this primitive stage, - if it is indeed such and not, in what we still see of it, a fall or a vestige, a relapse from a higher knowledge belonging to a previous cycle of civilisation or the debased remnants of a dead or obsolete culture, - can have been only a beginning. It was followed, after whatever stages, by the more advanced type of religion of which we have a record in the literature or surviving documents of the early civilised peoples. This type, composed of a polytheistic belief and worship, a cosmology, a Mythology, a complexus of ceremonies, practices, ritual and ethical obligations interwoven sometimes deeply into the social system, was ordinarily a national or tribal religion intimately expressive of the stage of evolution of thought and life reached by the community. In the outer structure we still miss the support of a deeper spiritual significance, but this gap was filled in in the greater more developed cultures by a strong background of occult knowledge and practices or else by carefully guarded mysteries with a first element of spiritual wisdom and discipline.
  Occultism occurs more often as an addition or superstructure, but is not always present; the worship of divine powers, sacrifice, a surface piety and social ethics are the main factors. A spiritual philosophy or idea of the meaning of life seems at first to be absent, but its beginnings are often contained in the myths and mysteries and in one or two instances fully emerge out of them so that it assumes a strong separate existence.

3-5_Full_Circle, #unset, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  Joseph Campbell, author of the Masks of God, points out that though not true in a literal sense, a myth is not what it is considered to be in everyday speech--a fantasy or misstatement.43 It is rather a veiled explanation of the truth. "We have seen what has happened to primitive communities unsettled by the white man's civilization," he observes. "With their old taboos discredited, they immediately go to pieces, disintegrate, and become resorts of vice and disease. Today the same thing is happening to us."
  Gerald Clarke's comment in a Time Essay has the sharpest point: "The mythologists (such as Joseph Campbell) are not providing myths, but they are indicating that something is missing without them. They are telling modern man that he has not outgrown Mythology and will never outgrow it".44
  The thing that has been missing is a reliable, practical, and spacious bridge between our old and enormous Literary Culture, whose language is basically myth in the sense of veiled truth; and our new Scientific Culture whose language is basically technical--in the sense of, for many, incomprehensible truth. I shall now bring evidence to show that with this bridge, the missing "something" is in place; that now at last science has come full circle. That the people who belong to our Two Cultures can now communicate across the Industrial world's cultural chasm, can orient each other, and together can transmute our Lower Industrial civilization as a whole into the Higher Industrial Period, Human Period 7. Switzerland has transmuted herself spontaneously. She is our little pilot plant, presenting us with decades of research and development, giving us vast amounts of data and experience on which to base our Creative Centrist alternative to the political ideologies of Extreme Left and Extreme Right (Figure II-16) on how to damp out their fatal rhythm of disintegration.

3_-_Commentaries_and_Annotated_Translations, #Hymns to the Mystic Fire, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  boes Eelioio, are the rays of the Sungod, Lord of Revelation, even
  as in Greek Mythology Apollo the Sungod is also the Master of
  poetry and of prophecy. Ghrita means clarified butter, but also
  There are certain a priori objections which can be brought against this theory. One may be urged against it from the side of Western scholarship. It may be objected that there is no need for all this mystification, that there is no sign of it in the Veda unless we choose to read it into the primitive Mythology, that it is not justified by the history of religion or of the Vedic religion, that it was a refinement impossible to an ancient and barbaric mind. None of these objections can really stand. The Mysteries in Egypt and Greece and elsewhere were of a very ancient standing and they proceeded precisely on this symbolic principle, by which outward myth and ceremony and cult objects stood for secrets of an inward life or knowledge. It cannot therefore be argued that this mentality was non-existent, impossible in antique times or any more impossible or improbable in India, the country of the Upanishads, than in Egypt and Greece. The history of ancient religion does show a transmutation of physical Nature-gods into representatives of psychical powers or rather an addition of psychical to physical functions; but the latter in some instances gave place to the less external significance.
  I have given the example of Helios replaced in later times by Apollo. Just so in the Vedic religion Surya undoubtedly becomes a god of inner light, the famous Gayatri verse and its esoteric interpretation are there to prove it as well as the constant appeal of the Upanishads to Vedic riks or Vedic symbols taken in a psychological and spiritual sense, eg, the four closing verses of the Isha Upanishad. Hermes, Athena represent in classical Mythology psychical functions, but were originally Nature gods, Athena probably a dawn goddess. I contend that Usha in the Veda shows us this transmutation in its commencement. Dionysus the winegod was intimately connected with the Mysteries; I assign a similar role to Soma, the wine-god of the Vedas.

Agenda_Vol_8, #The Mothers Agenda, #The Mother, #Integral Yoga
  It began yesterday, with the sense of a very widespread action taking place.
  1In Indian Mythology, Radha gave herself wholly to Sri Krishna.
  2Italics denote words or sentences spoken by Mother in English.

APPENDIX_I_-_Curriculum_of_A._A., #Liber ABA, #Aleister Crowley, #Philosophy
      Kim, by Rudyard Kipling. ::: An admirable study of Eastern thought and life. Many other stories by this author are highly suggestive and informative.
      For Mythology, as teaching Correspondences:
      Books of Fairy Tales generally.

BOOK_II._--_PART_I._ANTHROPOGENESIS., #The Secret Doctrine, #H P Blavatsky, #Theosophy
  That it is so may be easily demonstrated. It is not denied by any of the Christian writers. Bryant (See
  "Analysis of Ancient Mythology," Vol. II., p. 760) concurs with all those who are of opinion, that Sydic,
  This Atlantis was overwhelmed by a flood. . . . and it seems that by Atlantis we should understand the
  Antediluvian Earth over which ten princes were born to rule according to the Mythology of the West
  (and of the East, also) but seven only of them sat upon the throne." (Vol. III. p. 286.) . . Some also are
  far distant. Then the modern symbologists will acquire the certitude that even Odin, or the god Woden,
  the highest god in the German and Scandinavian Mythology, is one of these thirty-five Buddhas; one
  of the earliest, indeed, for the continent to which he and his race belonged, is also one of the earliest.

  Their language proves, indeed, that these so-called heathens, with their complicated systems of
  Mythology, their artificial customs, their unintelligible whims and savageries, are not the creatures of
  to-day or yesterday. Unless we admit a special creation for these savages, they must be as old as the
  earth shaking sometimes under their tread. Whatever they did, was done speedily. . . . . . They were
  wise and communicated their wisdom to men" (Mythology p. 4).
  It will always be a subject of regret that history, rejecting a priori the actual existence of giants, has
  preserved us so little of the records of antiquity concerning them. Yet in nearly every Mythology -which after all is ancient history -- the giants play an important part. In the old Norse Mythology, the
  giants, Skrymir and his brethren, against whom the sons of the gods fought, were potent factors in the
  island in his Odyssey. Therefore the tradition was older than the bard of Ulysses. The Atlantes and the
  Atlantides of Mythology are based upon the Atlantes and the Atlantides of history. Both
  Sanchoniathon and Diodorus have preserved the histories of those heroes and heroines, however much
  * Professor Max Muller's Lectures -- "on the Philosophy of Mythology" -- are before us. We read his
  citations of Herakleitos (460 B.C.), declaring that Homer deserved "to be ejected from public
  production of Mr. Gladstone in the Nineteenth Century, "The Greater Gods of Olympos," the ideas of
  the general public about Greek Mythology have been still further perverted and biassed. Homer is
  credited with an inner thought, which is regarded by Mr. Gladstone as "the true key to the Homeric
  Thus the tendency of even the most erudite Hellenists is to confine their speculations to the exoteric
  images of Mythology and to lose sight of their inner meaning: and it is remarkably illustrated in the
  case of the Right Hon. W. E. Gladstone, as we have shown. While almost the most conspicuous figure
  profound erudition and splendid culture, will yet, in the greater light which must then shine upon the
  whole question of symbolism and Mythology, judge that he has failed to grasp the spirit of the
  religious system which he has often criticised from the dogmatic Christian standpoint. In that future
  impossible to be accounted for without repairing to sources, which lie beyond the limit of the traditions
  most commonly explored for the elucidation of the Greek Mythology" (Nineteenth Century, July,
  northern or Hyperborean Atlantis, and to the former as the southern. Thus Apollodorus says
  (Mythology, Book II.): "The golden apples carried away by Hercules are not, as some think, in Lybia;
  they are in the Hyperborean Atlantis." The Greeks naturalised all the gods they borrowed and made
  (Isaac Myer's "Qabbalah," p. 139).
  The island of Delos, the Asteria of the Greek Mythology, was never in Greece, a country which, in its
  day, was not yet in existence, not even in its molecular form. Several writers have shown that it
  as the Stanzas have it.
  Now Mythology, built upon Hesiod's Theogony, which is but a poetised record of actual traditions, or
  oral history, speaks of three giants, called Briareus, Kottos, and Gyges, living in a dark country where
  with an hundred arms and fifty heads, the latter standing for races, the former for sub-races and tribes.
  Bearing in mind that in Mythology every personage almost is a god or derni-god, and also a king or
  simple mortal in his second aspect;* and
  [[Vol. 2, Page]] 777 Mythology BUILT ON HISTORY.
  it becomes easier for the occult teachings to find their way into the minds of thoughtful men, and
  therefore are these passages from Mythology brought forward in our discussion upon modern learning
  in this Addendum.
  surviving offshoot, the opinion of Gerland is strongly suggestive. Commenting upon the religion and
  Mythology of the tribes, he writes, "The statement that the Australian civilization (?) indicates a higher
  grade, is nowhere more clearly proved than here, where everything resounds like the expiring voices of
  a previous and richer age. The idea that the Australians have no religion or Mythology is thoroughly
  false. But this religion is certainly quite deteriorated." (Cited in Schmidt's "Doctrine of Descent of

BOOK_II._--_PART_II._THE_ARCHAIC_SYMBOLISM_OF_THE_WORLD-RELIGIONS, #The Secret Doctrine, #H P Blavatsky, #Theosophy
  to glance at the biography of the Christian Devil, a piratical reprint from the Chaldeo-Judaean
  Mythology: -The primitive origin of this personification rests upon the Akkadian conception of the cosmic powers -the Heavens and the Earth -- in eternal feud and struggle with Chaos. Their Silik-Muludag, "the God
  amongst all the Gods," the "merciful guardian of men on Earth," was the Son of Hea (or Ea) the great
  the event is described with more or less variations, which show its allegorical character.
  In the Mythology of the earliest Vedic Aryans as in the later Puranic narratives, mention is made of
  Budha, the "Wise"; one "learned in the Secret Wisdom," and who is the planet Mercury in his
  (3) Then come the Nagas,* the Sarpa (serpents or Seraphs). These, again, show their character by the
  hidden meaning of their glyph. In Mythology they are semi-divine beings with a human face and the
  tail of a Dragon. They are therefore, undeniably, the Jewish seraphim (from Serapis and Sarpa,
  according to Hesiod, issued the race of the age of Bronze* (Opera et Dies, 142-145); and which with
  the Greeks is the celestial tree common to every Aryan Mythology. This ash is the Yggdrasil of the
  Norse antiquity, which the Norns sprinkle daily with the waters from the fountain of Urd, that it may
  cut the equator at right angles.*
  There are many such "dark sayings" throughout Puranas, Bible and Mythology; and to the occultist
  they divulge two facts: (a) that the ancients knew as well, and better, perhaps, than the moderns
  which is a parallel, however slightly more scientific, if as bold, of Joshua stopping the course of the
  Sun altogether. Yet it may explain the teaching of the Northern Mythology (in Jeruskoven) that, before
  the actual order of things, the Sun arose in the South, and its placing the Frigid Zone in the East,
  Let us demonstrate this statement. In astronomy, as said, Mercury is the son of Coelus and Lux -- of
  the sky and light, or the Sun; in Mythology he is the progeny of Jupiter and Maia. He is the
  "messenger" of his Father Jupiter, the Messiah of the Sun; in Greek, his name "Hermes," means,
  accessible to man, the one on which we live, namely, Hvaniratha; which amounts to saying that there
  are seven earths.*** Parsi Mythology knows also of seven heavens. Hvaniratha itself is divided into
  seven climes. (Orm. Ahr. 72. "Vendidad Introd. p. Lx.,)" and the same division and doctrine is to be

BOOK_I._--_PART_I._COSMIC_EVOLUTION, #The Secret Doctrine, #H P Blavatsky, #Theosophy
  evidence" being very often a jack-o'lantern, instead of a safe beacon to follow. Nor has the Science of
  modern Comparative Mythology any better proof to show, that those learned writers, who have
  insisted for the last century or so that there must have been "fragments of a primeval revelation,
  mutilated later on by Eusebius. As to the Chaldeans, they assuredly got their primitive learning from
  the Brahmans, for Rawlinson shows an undeniably Vedic influence in the early Mythology of Babylon;
  and Col. Vans Kennedy has long since justly declared that Babylonia was, from her origin, the seat of
  designation in the Secret Doctrine.
  This stage of evolution is spoken of in Hindu Mythology as the "Creation" of the Gods.
  In Stanza V. the process of world-formation is described: --- First, diffused Cosmic Matter, then the
  (c) Fohat, being one of the most, if not the most important character in esoteric Cosmogony, should be
  minutely described. As in the oldest Grecian Cosmogony, differing widely from the later Mythology,
  Eros is the third person in the primeval trinity: Chaos, Gaea, Eros: answering to the Kabalistic En-Soph
  in early Greek Mythology. Erebos and Nux are born out of Chaos, and, under the action of Eros, give
  birth in their turn to Ether and Hemera, the light of the superior and the light of the inferior or
  classical writers; the "struggles," also in the Egyptian legend between Osiris and Typhon, and even
  those in the Scandinavian legends, all refer to the same subject. Northern Mythology refers to it as the
  battle of the Flames, the sons of Muspel who fought on the field of Wigred. All these relate to Heaven
  For the present it may be as well to remind the reader that while the Moon-goddesses were connected
  in every Mythology, especially the Grecian, with child-birth, because of the lunar influence on women
  and conception, the occult and actual connection of our satellite with fecundation is to this day

BOOK_I._--_PART_III._SCIENCE_AND_THE_SECRET_DOCTRINE_CONTRASTED, #The Secret Doctrine, #H P Blavatsky, #Theosophy
  accommodate the old faith to the influence of Buddhistic theosophy, the very essence of which was
  that the innumerable gods of the Hindu Mythology were but names for the ENERGIES of the First
  Triad in its successive AVATARS or manifestations unto man," whither can we turn to trace these
  Fohat is the key in Occultism which opens and unriddles the multiform symbols and respective
  allegories in the so-called Mythology of every nation; demonstrating the wonderful philosophy and
  the deep insight into the mysteries of nature, in the Egyptian and Chaldean as well as in the Aryan

  Though the regular Sun-Worshippers, the Parsis, are few, yet not only is the bulk of the Hindu
  Mythology and history based upon and interblended with these two worships, but so is also the
  Christian religion itself. From their origin down to our modern day it has coloured the theologies of
  * Ancient Mythology includes ancient Astronomy as well as Astrology. The planets were the hands
  pointing out, on the dial of our solar system, the hours of certain periodical events. Thus, Mercury was
  mother, child, and adult male, are fundamental."
  "In this way it can be proved that our Christology is mummified Mythology, and
  legendary lore, which have been palmed off upon us in the Old Testament and the New,
  to be remembered and taken into consideration if the symbolical language of the ancients is to be
  understood by us. Otherwise Mythology will be ever haunting the Orientalists as simply "the disease
  which springs up at a peculiar stage of human culture!" -- as Renouf gravely observes in a Hibbert
  prototypes and Evolvers of the first Root Race of men. The progenitors are the Pitris, and are of seven
  classes. They are said in exoteric Mythology to be born of Brahma's side, like Eve from the rib of
  These were the Cosmic gods, ever synthesizing all in one, as found in every cosmogony or
  Mythology. Thus, the Greeks had their Dodonean Jupiter, who included in himself the four elements
  and the four cardinal points, and who was recognized, therefore, in old Rome under the pantheistic

Book_of_Imaginary_Beings_(text), #unset, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  Amber is known to be the dung of the three-legged ass. In
  the Mythology of Mazdaism, this beneficent monster is one
  of the helpers of Ahura Mazdah (Ormuzd), the principle of
  in the coffin of the departed.
  In Norse Mythology, a blood-spattered dog, Garmr, keeps
  watch over the house of the dead and will fight against the
  The Nagas
  Nagas belong to the Mythology of India. They are serpents
  but often take the form of a man.
  The Norns
  In medieval Norse Mythology the Norns are the Fates. Snorri
  Sturluson, who at the beginning of the thirteenth century
  the myth of a cyclical and deathless bird, though its subsequent elaboration is the work of Greece and of Rome.
  Adolf Erman writes that in the Mythology of Heliopolis, the
  Phoenix (benu) is the lord of jubilees or of long cycles of
  gold, which a goddess in William Blakes Mythology caught
  in silken nets for the delight of her lover; and the metal birds
  The Tao Tieh
  Poets and Mythology seem to have ignored it, but everyone
  at some time has discovered a Tao Tieh for himself at the
  the slain. We do not know how the people of Germany and
  of Austria imagined them; in Norse Mythology they are
  lovely maidens who bear weapons. Their usual number was
  Norns, -
  Norse Mythology, , , ,

BS_1_-_Introduction_to_the_Idea_of_God, #unset, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  Part of the dream that surrounds our articulated knowledge is extracted as a consequence of us watching each other behave, and telling stories about it, for thousands and thousands and thousands of yearsextracting out patterns of behaviour that characterize humanity, and trying to representpartly through imitation, but also drama, Mythology, literature, art, and all of thatwhat were like, so that we can understand what were like. That process of understanding is what I see unfolding, at least in part, in the Biblical stories. Its halting, partial, awkward, and contradictory, which is one of things that makes the book so complex. But I see, in that, the struggle of humanity to rise above its animal forebears and become conscious of what it means to be human.
  Jung got very interested in dreams, and he started to understand the relationship between dreams and myths. He was deeply read in Mythology, and he would see, in his clients dreams, echoes of stories that he knew. He started to believe that the dream was the birthplace of the myth and that there was a continual interaction between the two processes: the dream and the story, and storytelling. You can tell your dreams as stories, when you remember them, and some people remember dreams all the timetwo or three, at night. Ive had clients like that. They often have archetypal dreams that have very clear mythological structures. I think thats more the case with people who are creativeespecially if theyre a bit unstable at the timebecause the dream tends to occupy the space of uncertainty, and to concentrate on fleshing out the unknown reality, before you get a real grip on it. So the dream is the birthplace of thinking. Thats a good way of thinking about it, because its not that clear. Its doing its best to formulate something. That was Jungs notion, as of post-Freud, who believed that there were internal censors that were hiding the dreams true message. Thats not what Jung believed. He believed the dream was doing its best to express a reality that was still outside of fully articulated, conscious comprehension.
  When I was first married, Id have fights with my wifearguments about this and that. Im fairly hot-headed, and Id get all puffed up and agitated about whatever we were arguing about. Shed go to sleep, which was really annoying. It was so annoying, because I couldnt sleep. Id be chewing off my fingernails, and shed be sleeping peacefully beside me. Maddening. But, often, shed have a dream, and shed discuss it with me the next morning. Wed unravel what was at the bottom of our argument. That was unbelievably useful, even though it was extraordinary aggravating. I was convinced by Jung. His ideas about the relationship between dreams, Mythology, drama, and literature made sense to me, and his ideas about the relationship between man and art.
  We know we dont understand our actions. Almost every argument you have with someone is about that. Its like, why did you do that? You come up with some half-baked reasons why you did it; youre flailing around in the darkness; you try to give an account for yourself, but you can only do it partially. Its very, very difficult, because youre a complicated animal, with the beginnings of an articulated mind, and youre just way more than you can handle. So you act things out, and thats a kind of competence. Then you imagine what you act out, and you imagine what everyone else acts out. Theres a tremendous amount of information in your action, and that information is translated up into the dream, and then into art, Mythology and literature. Theres a tremendous amount of information in that, and some of that is translated into articulated thought.
  What seems to happen is represented in Mythology as a battle of the gods in celestial space. From a practical perspective, its more like an ongoing dialog. You believe this; I believe this. You believe that; I believe this. How are we going to meld that together? You take God A, and you take God B, and maybe what you do is extract God C from them, and you say, God C now has the attributes of A and B. And then some other tribes come in, and C takes them over, too. Take Marduk, for example. He has 50 different names, at least in part, of the subordinate godsthat represented the tribes that came together to make the civilization. Thats part of the process by which that abstracted ideal is abstracted. You think, this is important, and it works, because your tribe is alive, and so well take the best of both, if we can manage it, and extract out something, thats even more abstract, that covers both of us.

class, #unset, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
     8 Physics
     8 Mythology
     8 Master Choa Kok Sui

Evening_Talks_With_Sri_Aurobindo, #Talks With Sri Aurobindo, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  Sri Aurobindo: That is possible; there are various forms of Matter. What we know is the grossest form but there are other subtler ranges of Matter, and each form has its own properties. There are seven earths mentioned in Indian Mythology; also according to the Veda there are three earths. Karta Virya, the King, is reported to have conquered fourteen earths!
  He takes as an illustration the Transfiguration of Michael Angelo. He argues that aesthetically it is not necessary for any one to know Christian Mythology in order to enjoy the picture. These are overtones and have nothing to do with the pure aesthetic feeling of the picture. The disposition of the mass, the composition, the design, the colour-scheme these alone contribute to the pure aesthetic value of the picture.
  Sri Aurobindo: I do not know Buddhist Mythology. But what do you mean by Arupa Loka?

Liber_46_-_The_Key_of_the_Mysteries, #unset, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
   treatise upon idolatry among both the ancients and the moderns, in
   which he raises the veil of universal Mythology.
   We invite conscientious students to read these various {183} works, and

Liber, #unset, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  Liber LIX. (59) [C] - Across the Gulf. ::: A fantastic account of a previous Incarnation. Its principal interest lies in the fact that its story of the overthrowing of Isis by Osiris may help the reader to understand the meaning of the overthrowing of Osiris by Horus in the present Aeon. Equinox VII, p. 293.
  Liber LXI. (61) [D] - Liber Causae. ::: The Preliminary Lection, including the History Lection. - Crowley: 'Explains the actual history of the origin of the present movement. Its statements are accurate in the ordinary sense of the word. The object of the book is to discount Mythopia. A manuscript giving an account of the history of the AA in recent times. This history contains no Mythology; it is a statement of facts susceptible of rational proof.'
  Liber LXIV. (64) [B] - Liber Israfel, formerly called Anubis. ::: An instruction in a suitable method of preaching. Unpublished.

LUX.03_-_INVOCATION, #Liber Null, #Peter J Carroll, #Occultism
  The magical process of shuffling beliefs and desires attendant upon the process of invocation also demonstrates that one's dominant obsessions or personality are quite arbitrary, and hence more easily banished.
  There are many maps of the mind (psychocosms), most of which are inconsistent, contradictory, and based on highly fanciful theories. Many use the symbology of god forms, for all Mythology embodies a psychology. A complete mythic pantheon resumes all of man's mental characteristics. Magicians will often use a pagan pantheon of gods as the basis for invoking some particular insight or ability, as these myths provide the most explicit and developed formulation of the particular idea's extant. However it is possible to use almost anything from the archetypes of the collective unconscious to the elemental qualities of alchemy.
  If the magician taps a deep enough level of power, these forms may manifest with sufficient force to convince the mind of the objective existence of the god. Yet the aim of invocation is temporary possession by the god, communication from the god, and manifestation of the god's magical powers, rather than the formation of religious cults.

Maps_of_Meaning_text, #Maps of Meaning, #Jordan Peterson, #Psychology
  Figure 37: The Exploratory Hero as Son of the Heavenly Mother
  Figure 38: The MetaMythology of the Way, revisited
  Figure 39: Castle, Hero, Serpent and Virgin: St. George and the Dragon
  or blindly ignored, leads logically into the depths of religious phenomenology. The history of religion in
  its widest sense (including therefore Mythology, folklore, and primitive psychology) is a treasure-house
  of archetypal forms from which the doctor can draw helpful parallels and enlightening comparisons for
  The former manner of interpretation more primordial, and less clearly understood finds its
  expression in the arts or humanities, in ritual, drama, literature, and Mythology. The world as forum for
  action is a place of value, a place where all things have meaning. This meaning, which is shaped as a
  us was the modern world of matter, primitively conceptualized. This is not true at least not in the
  simple manner we generally believe. The cosmos described by Mythology was not the same place known to
  the practitioners of modern science but that does not mean it was not real. We have not yet found God
  see how what we must do might be inextricably associated with what it is that we are.
  Proper analysis of Mythology, of the type proposed here, is not mere discussion of historical events
  enacted upon the world stage (as the traditionally religious might have it), and it is not mere investigation
  thinking has represented the nature of such change in great and remarkable detail.
  The basic grammatical structure of transformational Mythology, so to speak, appears most clearly
  revealed in the form of the way (as in the American Way of Life). The great literary critic Northrop
  Figure 2: The Metamythological Cycle of the Way
  The meta-Mythology of the way, so to speak, describes the manner in which specific ideas (myths)
  about the present, the future, and the mode of transforming one into the other are initially constructed, and
  kingdom of God, the ideal future. The idea that man needs redemption and that re-establishment of a
  long-lost Paradise might constitute such redemption appear as common themes of Mythology, among
  members of exceedingly diverse and long-separated human cultures.24 This commonality appears because
  has become rigid and anachronistic.) The collective unconscious that constitutes the basis for shared
  religious Mythology is in fact the behavior the procedures that have been generated, transmitted,
  imitated, and modified by everyone who has ever lived, everywhere. Images of these behaviors and of the
  relevant to us), and is still implicitly contained in our behavior (although represented, in part, in episodic
  imagery and semantic description). This partially implicit containment constitutes our Mythology, and our
  ritual, and provides the upper-level, unconscious frames of reference within which our conditional and
  This is an example of the hierarchical organization of the gods, a concept frequently encapsulated in
  Mythology, and one we shall return to later. All the original children of Tiamat are potent and impersonal
  elder gods, psychological forces the deities that eternally rule or constitute human motivation and
  unlimited background that makes up the world, in the absence of a subject. This is a stance informed by
  Mythology in particular, by myths of the origin.
  Archaic myths describing the ultimate origin concern themselves with representation of the source, not
  Figure 38: The MetaMythology of the Way, Revisited
  The Mythology of the hero, in toto, depicts the development and establishment of a personality capable
  of facing the most extreme conditions of existence. The heros quest or journey has been represented in
  Mythology and ritual in numerous ways, but the manifold representations appear in accordance with the
  myth of the way, as previously described: a harmonious community or way of life, predictable and stable in
  (re)establishes social order (sometimes after a crisis engendered by his return).
  This most fundamental of stories is portrayed schematically in Figure 38: The MetaMythology of the
  Way, Revisited.328 Chaos breeds novelty, promising and threatening; the hero leaves his community,
  necessarily placed there by rational means, not necessarily comprehended, in any declarative sense;
  information nonetheless transmissible and representable in Mythology, etc., as a consequence of extendedterm pattern-recognition and analysis.
  The stories by which individuals live (which comprise their schemas of interpretation, which guide
  The integrative conflict of complex ideas, giving rise to the central character of culture, appears as a
  process extending over untold centuries. This process represents itself, in Mythology, as the battle of the
  gods in heaven, which Eliade has described as the conflict between divine generations.335 Eliade
  discusses Hittite/Hurrian and Canaanite Mythology (circa 1740-1200 B.C.), and its relationship to similar
  myths, in ancient Phoenicia and elsewhere. In the Hittite theogony, the relative sovereignty of the gods was
  the first sovereign [Phoenician] god was Elioun (in Greek, Hypistos, The Most High),
  corresponding in the Hurrian/Hittite Mythology to Alalu. From his union with Bruth there came into the
  world Uranus (corresponding to Anu) and Ge (Gaea). In their turn, these two engendered four sons, the
  This narrative fragment is particularly interesting, as it is apparent that the water is coming, somehow,
  from behind the sky. The sky is utilized in Mythology, in general, as a masculine symbol (at least the
  day sky) and tends to be assimilated to the same natural category as the king. It appears to be damage to
  make their existence known, inevitably, in some undesirable manner.
  Knowledge of the grammar of Mythology might well constitute an antidote to ideological gullibility.
  Genuine myths are capable of representing the totality of conflicting forces, operating in any given
  of the details, but the broad picture is necessarily clear. That picture is presented and represented in ritual,
  Mythology and narrative, which eternally depict intrinsically meaningful themes, playing themselves out, in
  eternally fascinating fashion. Nietzsche states:
  A moral philosophy, which is a pattern for behavior and interpretation, is therefore dependent for its
  existence upon a Mythology, which is a collection of images of behaviors, which emerge, in turn, as a
  consequence of social interaction (cooperation and competition), designed to meet emotional demands.
  4.2.2. The Stranger
  Arrival of the stranger, concretely presented in Mythology, constitutes a threat to the stability of the
  kingdom metaphorically indistinguishable from that posed by environmental transformation. The stable
  which such information is handled, so that the process of regulation will prove more effective. This
  fundamental idea is embodied in Mythology in the figure of the revolutionary hero. He is the fourth manner
  in which threat to the stability of cultural tradition may be presented and, simultaneously: is solution to
  reincarnation dissolution to constituent elements, and systemic reorganization. Such reorganization alters
  the meaning of experience, and therefore, the Mythology of history and being. If resolution is not reached
  in time of crisis, mental illness (for the individual) or cultural degeneration (for the society) threatens. This
  every man must hold these things for images, under which the hidden sense lies concealed.432
  The meta-Mythology of the Way portrays the manner in which specific ideas about the present, the future,
  and the mode of transforming one into the other are initially constructed, and then reconstructed in their
  somewhat paradoxical, as it is the dragon of chaos that generates dread anxiety, when it manifests itself
  unexpectedly. However, context determines salience determines meaning in Mythology as elsewhere.
  The conditions of existence that is, the balance obtained by the forces of order, chaos and consciousness
  think: matter first, then subject and presume that matter, as we understand it, is that which exists in the
  absence of our understanding. But the primal matter of Mythology (a more comprehensive substance
  than the matter of the modern world) is much more than mere substance: it is the source of everything,
  objective and subjective (is matter and spirit, united in essence). From this perspective, consciousness is
  fundamental to the world of experience as fundamental as things themselves. The matter of Mythology
  therefore seems more than superstition, that must be transcended seems more than the dead stuff of the
  with its procreative and rejuvenating power). The dyad of tree and serpent comprises an exceedingly
  widespread motif of Mythology, and manifests itself as well as a literary theme. Fryes comments on
  Melvilles Moby Dick are relevant here. Moby Dick is a great white whale, who lives in the depths of the
  tradition), ego (the world of the individual), and id (the natural world of dark instinctive drive). It is
  Freuds inclusion of all the elements of the world-tree (negative and positive) that has given his Mythology
  its remarkable strength, influence and power.
  ancient and dangerous creature of base matter, who can shed his skin, and be renewed, reborn.
  The snake serves Mythology in a dual role, as agent and symbol of transformation, and as prime
  representative of fundamental, undifferentiated uroboric power. The Edenic serpent provides the individual
  amplification has motivated the development of two transpersonal patterns of behavior and schemas of
  representation, comprising the individual as such, embodied in Mythology as the hostile brothers. One of
  these hostile brothers, or eternal sons of God, is the mythological hero. He faces the unknown with
  dark and destructive as anything in society or nature.
  Mythology envelops the transpersonal capacity for evil characterizing the individual, as such, in the
  guise of a personality duplicating its encapsulation of chaos and order. The dark side of the individual is
  It is my understanding that traditional and literary representations of Satan, the ruling angel of hell,
  constitute true Mythology. These ideas surround the established central writings and ideas of Christianity,
  like a cloud surrounds a mountain. They have been transmitted to us, in part, as religious doctrine; in part,
  sentence, the paragraph even the book or culture in which it appears. Evil is a living complex. Its nature
  can be most clearly comprehended through examination of the personality it has adopted in Mythology,
  literature, and fantasy, elaborated in the lengthy course of historical development. This personality consists
  Original Sin forces every individual to regard himself as the (potential) immediate source of evil to locate
  the terrible underworld of Mythology and its denizens in intrapsychic space. It is no wonder that this idea
  has become unpopular: nonetheless, evil exists somewhere. It remains difficult not to see hypocrisy in the
  of spiritual competition, so to speak. This competition is the battle of ideas with implication for action
  fought in abstraction, image and in the course of genuine earthly combat portrayed in Mythology as
  spiritual war, played out in heaven (which is the place where transpersonal ideas exist). The Deity who
  Christian Mythology portrays Satan as the highest angel in Gods heavenly kingdom. This fact
  renders his association with reason more comprehensible. Reason may well be considered the highest
  memory. The emergence of moral knowledge in explicit semantic form (as opposed to its implicit
  representation in narrative) appears represented in Mythology as brought about by revelation. This
  What this means, at the most fundamental level of analysis, is that the pattern of action, imagination and
  thought that Christ represents is necessarily there in any narrative or Mythology, sufficiently compelling
  to embed itself in memory. The reasons for this implicit existence are clear, in a sense: Christ embodies the
  the mortal conditions of existencde has an ennobling aspect, at least in potential, and has been constantly
  exploited to that end in great literature and Mythology. True evil, by contrast, is anything but noble.
  Participation in acts whose sole purpose is expansion of innocent pain and suffering destroys character;
  empirical renditions, just as literally true, but how they are true is different. Western historians describe
  (or think they describe) what happened. The traditions of Mythology and religion describe the
  significance of what happened (and it must be noted that if what happens is without significance, it is
  18, 206-223.
  Campbell, J. (1964). Occidental Mythology: The masks of God. London: Penguin Books.
  Campbell, J. (1968). The hero with a thousand faces. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
  Campbell, J. (1973). Myths to live by. New York: Bantam Books.
  Campbell, J. (1987). The masks of God: Vol. 1. Primitive Mythology. New York: Penguin.
  Carver, C.S. & Scheier, M.F. (1982). Control theory: A useful conceptual framework for personality,

MoM_References, #unset, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  Campbell, J. (1964). Occidental Mythology: The masks of God. London: Penguin Books.
  Campbell, J. (1987). The masks of God: Vol. 1. Primitive Mythology. New York: Penguin.

Sayings_of_Sri_Ramakrishna_(text), #Sayings of Sri Ramakrishna, #Sri Ramakrishna, #Hinduism
  do not destroy this cottage." But the Wind-god did not listen. He prayed again, but the cottage kept on
  rocking. Then he thought of another plan to save it. He remembered that according to Mythology,
  Hanuman was the son of the Wind-god. So he cried out, "Lord, I beg of Thee to spare this cottage; for it

The_Act_of_Creation_text, #The Act of Creation, #Arthur Koestler, #Psychology
  because we pity him. And so again back to Mythology: Lot's wife
  turned into a pillar of salt, Narcissus into a flower, the poor nymph
  answers to the ultimate questions after the meaning of existence.
  Mythology had become a 'blocked matrix , ; from the whims of Vulcan
  and Poseidon man's interest turned to the nature of fire and water;
  be an archetypal symbol of the self-assertive element in the scientist's
  aspirations. In Mythology, this element is represented by the Pro-
  methean quest for omnipotence and immortality; in science-fiction it
  The dawn of literature, too, was bathed in the twilight of mysticism
  and Mythology. 'The recitation of the Homeric poems on the Pana-
  thanaea corresponds to the recitation elsewhere of the sacred texts in
  and 'laws of order' are differently constituted. They derive from
  Mythology and magic, from the compulsive powers of rhythm and
  form, from archetypal symbols which arouse unconscious resonances.
  from the explicit statement to the implicit hint, from the obvious to
  the allusive and oblique; it is as old as art itself. All Mythology is
  studded with symbols, veiled in allegory; the parables of Christ pose
  combinations, overt or implied, of such archetypal conflicts inherent
  in the condition of man, which first occur in the symbols of Mythology,
  and are restated in the particular idiom of each culture and period. All
  in the image of mother ocean in whose calm depths all life originates.
  Mythology is full of these symbols the metaphors of the collective
  unconscious. However bewildering they may appear to the waking
  self-transcendence, of breaking away from the trivial plane and creating
  his own Mythology.
  Just as there is no Mythology without some mention of the death and
  rebirth motif, so there is hardly any epoch in world literature without
  that man has always looked at nature through a frame. Through the
  painter's frame, or the frame of Mythology, or the frame of science;
  through half-closed eyes or eye glued to the lens of the telescope.

The_Golden_Bough, #unset, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  importance in the history of religion, still less because I would
  deduce from it a whole system of Mythology; it is simply because I
  could not ignore the subject in attempting to explain the
  after this explicit disclaimer I shall no longer be taxed with
  embracing a system of Mythology which I look upon not merely as
  false but as preposterous and absurd. But I am too familiar with the
  at the north gate of the temple. Mirrored in the glass of Greek
  Mythology, the oriental deity appears as a comely youth beloved by
  Aphrodite. In his infancy the goddess hid him in a chest, which she
  attempts at rationalising old beliefs which meet us so frequently in
  Mythology. The bringing in of the pine-tree from the woods, decked
  with violets and woollen bands, is like bringing in the May-tree or
  and rhetorical, and the reasons which Macrobius, one of the fathers
  of solar Mythology, assigns for the identification are exceedingly
  Demeter and Persephone, those stately and beautiful figures of Greek
  Mythology, grew out of the same simple beliefs and practices which
  still prevail among our modern peasantry, and that they were
  corn-spirit seems to be conceived now as immanent in the corn and
  now as external to it. In Greek Mythology, on the other hand,
  Demeter is viewed rather as the deity of the corn than as the spirit
  fresh mythical being, with which it peoples the vacant object. Thus
  the same natural object comes to be represented in Mythology by two
  distinct beings: first by the old spirit now separated from it and
  spirit on its elevation to a higher sphere. In such cases the
  problem for Mythology is, having got two distinct personifications
  of the same object, what to do with them? How are their relations to
  spirit will stand to the new one as producer to produced, that is,
  in Mythology, as parent to child, and if both spirits are conceived
  as female, their relation will be that of mother and daughter. In
  to the old spirit was variously explained as that of brother,
  husband, and son; for of course Mythology would always be free to
  account for the coexistence of the two divinities in more ways than
  dead spirit of the corn. But whereas Adonis, like Attis, grew into a
  stately figure of Mythology, adored and mourned in splendid cities
  far beyond the limits of his Phoenician home, Linus appears to have

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  the interpolations of every book into all books, the treatise Bede could have
  written (but did not) on the Mythology of the Saxon people, the lost books
  of Tacitus.

The_Shadow_Out_Of_Time, #unset, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  accomplishments of this race arose all legends of prophets, including those in human
  In its vast libraries were volumes of texts and pictures holding the whole of earth's

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  Agajata (Paravati) causes him (Siva) who gave her half his body (see the Mythology) to be slain (i.e., her worship as shacti, supersedes his)? If he cannot revenge this cruel is he man and not a woman?

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  A simple example is the concept of the Trinity in the Christian religion. The student is frequently amazed to learn through a study of the Qabalah that Egyptian Mythology followed a similar concept with its trinity of gods, Osiris the father, Isis the virgin-mother, and Horus the son. The Qabalah indicates similar correspondences in the pantheon of Roman and Greek deities, proving the father-mother (Holy Spirit) - son principles of deity are primordial archetypes of man's psyche, rather than being, as is frequently and erroneously supposed a development peculiar to the Christian era.

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