Myth Magic and Mystery of All Ages

“It is true that, at least apparently, the modern world is not rich in myths. … We are thinking of the myth as a type of human behavior and, at the same time, as an element of civilization—that is, of the myth as one finds it in traditional societies. For at the level of individual…

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Personal Redemption, Myths and Allegory

“Long periods of probation were imposed, so that he knowledge of how to become as the gods might remain the sole possession of the worthy. Lest that knowledge be lost, however, it was concealed in allegories and myths which were meaningless to the profane but self-evident to those acquainted with that theory of personal redemption….

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Dragon Slayers and Holy Men

“I will declare the manly deeds of Indra, the first that he achieved, the Thunder-wielder. He slew the dragon, then disclosed the waters, and cleft the channels of the mountain torrents. He slew the dragon lying on the mountain: his heavenly bolt of thunder Tvastar fashioned. … Maghavan grasped the thunder for his weapons, and…

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The Myth of the Hanged Man

“A curious aspect of the dying-god myth is that of the Hanged man. The most important example of this peculiar conception is found in the Odinic rituals where Odin hangs himself for nine nights from the branches of the world tree … Esoterically, the Hanged Man is the human spirit which is suspended from heaven…

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