In view that its book in 1991, The global of Myth has supplied millions of scholars with a desirable, wide-ranging advent to international mythology. development at the bestselling culture of the 1st variation, the long-awaited moment version deals a uniquely complete number of myths from various cultures all over the world. that includes a thematic association, it is helping scholars comprehend international mythology as a metaphor for humanity's look for which means in a fancy global. writer David Leeming provides a sweeping number of myths whose origins variety from historic Egypt and Greece to the Polynesian islands and smooth technological know-how. scholars can be captivated via tales of significant floods from the traditional Babylonians, Hebrews, chinese language, and Mayans; stories of apocalypse from India, the Norse, Christianity, and smooth technology; myths of the mum goddess from local American Hopi tradition and James Lovelock's Gaia; and masses extra. the most wide-ranging anthologies to be had, this quantity contains myths from African, Australian Aboriginal, Aztec, Celtic, chinese language, Greek, Hittite, jap, Muslim, and Persian cultures.
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The corn used to be laid low, and the Ovid, Metamorphoses, trans. Mary M. Innés (London, 1955), pp. 35-40. THE FLOOD fifty seven vegetation the farmer had prayed for now lay flattened and unfortunately mourned, the lengthy year's toil used to be wasted and long past for not anything. Nor was once Jupiter's anger happy with the assets of his personal realm of heaven: his brother Neptune, the god of the ocean, lent him the help of his waves. He despatched forth a summons to the rivers, and after they entered their king's domestic: "No time now for lengthy exhortations! " he cried. "Exert your power to the maximum: that's what we'd like. Fling vast your houses, withdraw all obstacles, and provides unfastened path in your waters. " those have been his orders. The rivers back to their houses and, commencing up the mouths in their springs, went dashing to the ocean in frenzied torrents. Neptune himself struck the earth together with his trident; it trembled and via its circulate threw open channels for the waters. around the vast plains the rivers raced, overflowing their banks, sweeping away in a single torrential flood plants and orchards, livestock and males, homes and temples, sacred photographs and all. Any development which did be able to live on this bad catastrophe unshaken and stay status, used to be in any case submerged while a few wave but larger than the remaining coated its roof, and its gables lay drowned underneath the waters. Now sea and earth might now not be extraordinary: all was once sea, and a sea that had no beaches. a few attempted to flee through mountain climbing to the hilltops, others, sitting of their curved boats, plied the oars the place in recent years that they had been ploughing; a few sailed over cornlands, over the submerged roofs in their houses, whereas a few discovered fish within the topmost branches of the elms. every now and then it occurred that they dropped anchor in eco-friendly meadows, occasionally the curved keels grazed vineyards that lay underneath them. the place in recent years sinewy goats cropped the grass, now gruesome seals disported themselves. The Nereids questioned to determine groves and cities and homes lower than the water; dolphins took ownership of the woods, and dashed opposed to excessive branches, shaking the oak bushes as they knocked opposed to them. Wolves swam one of the flocks, and the waves supported tawny lions, and tigers too. The lightning stroke of his powerful tusk was once of no need, then, to the wild boar, nor his fast legs to the stag— either alike have been swept away. Wandering birds searched lengthy for a few land the place they could leisure, until their wings grew weary they usually fell into the ocean. the sea, all restraints got rid of, beaten the hills, and waves have been washing the mountain peaks, a sight by no means noticeable prior to. The larger a part of the human race used to be swallowed up by means of the waters: these whom the ocean spared died from loss of foodstuff, conquer by way of long-continued famine. there's a land, Phocis, which separates the fields of Boeotia from these of Oeta. It used to be a fertile spot whereas it was once land, yet now it had develop into a part of the ocean, a wide stretch of waters, abruptly shaped. In that quarter a excessive mountain, known as Parnassus, increases dual summits to the celebrities, and its ridges pierce the clouds.