Mythology Author:Pierre Maranda (Editor) Each culture has a different mythology, but the process by which we create myths, to bring order to otherwise random reality, is universal. It plays a vital role in moulding religious, cognitive and emotional systems. We have only to look at our advertising--the little car outdoing the giant, the Cinderella transformed by a hair-spray--to see on... more »e reflection of myth in Western cultural conditioning.
Modern myth analysis is concerned with developing methods rigorous enough to chart the social mechanisms embodied in the formation of myth and metaphor. Professor Maranda's volume of Readings is an effective guide to a necessarily complex area. Work by Levi-Strauss and Leach is included in an exploration of the relations between metaphor, myth and language; myths in the field, in cultures and societies; and the semantics of myth.« less