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Geomythology - How Common Stories Reflect Earth Events (Hardcover) Loot Price: R1,189
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Geomythology - How Common Stories Reflect Earth Events (Hardcover): Timothy J. Burbery

Geomythology - How Common Stories Reflect Earth Events (Hardcover)

Timothy J. Burbery

Series: Routledge Focus on Literature

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Gold-guarding griffins, Cyclopes, killer lakes, man-eating birds, and "fire devils" from the sky-such wonders have long been dismissed as fictional. Now, thanks to the richly interdisciplinary field of geomythology, researchers are taking a second look. It turns out that these and similar tales, which originated in pre-literate societies, contain surprisingly accurate, pre-scientific intuitions about startling or catastrophic earth-based phenomena such as volcanoes, earthquakes, tsunamis, and the unearthing of bizarre animal bones. Geomythology: How Common Stories Reflect Earth Events provides an accessible, engaging overview of this hybrid discipline. The introductory chapter surveys geomythology's remarkable history and its core concepts, while the second and third chapters analyze the geomythical resonances of universal earth tales about dragons and giants. Chapter 4 narrows the focus to regional stories and discusses the ways these and other myths have influenced legends about griffins, Cyclopes, and other iconic creatures. The final chapter considers future avenues of research in geomythology, including geohazard management, geomythology databases, geomythical "cold cases," and ways the discipline might eventually set, rather than merely support, research agendas in science. Thus, the book constitutes a valuable asset for scientists and lay readers alike, particularly in a time of growing interest in monsters, massive climate change, and natural disasters.

General

Imprint: Routledge
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Series: Routledge Focus on Literature
Release date: May 2021
First published: 2021
Authors: Timothy J. Burbery
Dimensions: 216 x 138 x 14mm (L x W x T)
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 110
ISBN-13: 978-0-367-71106-1
Categories: Books > Language & Literature > Literature: history & criticism > Literary theory
Books > Language & Literature > Literature: history & criticism > Literary studies > General
Books > Earth & environment > Earth sciences > Geology & the lithosphere > General
LSN: 0-367-71106-0
Barcode: 9780367711061

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