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Hero's Quest and the Cycles of Nature : An Ecological Interpretation of World Mythology (Paperback)

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This volume examines myths from around the world to show how they involve a hero as a personification of nature, illustrating the key role of nature in major heroic myths like Beowulf, Arthurian legends, Greek myths, American Indian myths, Quetzalcoatl, and the Buddha. It discusses how archetypes of well-known heroic tales reveal a connection to basic laws of nature, such as removal from home to the natural environment, finding adventure in the wilderness, and quests in a mythic otherworld full of natural resources and beauty; describes the experience of the hero in facing mortality in mythic underworlds; explores their experiences with sacrifice, showing that death is natural; and discusses how the message of these myths is not to dwell on death but that people are part of nature. Annotation ©2017 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (

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