The Myth of the Birth of the Hero: A Psychological Exploration of Myth (Otto Rank)

by Otto Rank

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Release date 12.01.2013
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In this study Rank looks at a a wide variety of Eurasian hero birth narratives, including Greek, Roman, Judeo-Christian, Indian, and Germanic legendary figures. He uses the methodology and vocabulary of classic Freudian psychoanalysis to do so. The middle part of this book, where Rank enumerates some of these tales, will be the most useful for modern readers, as he draws on a wide range of sources, some of them fairly obscure. In the last part he puts these myths 'on the couch' as it were, and ties up his thesis very coherently. One of the most vexing questions of comparative mythology is the cross-cultural similarities in myths, folklore and legends. For instance, the flood myth, the heroic quest, and particularly birth-tales of the hero, appear around the world. Rank attempts to explain these common motifs in terms of what he believed to be psychological universals.
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