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By Stephen Kershaw

The ebook leads the reader via those brilliant tales, from the origins of the gods via to the homecomings of the Trojan heroes. the entire regular narratives are the following, besides a few much less favourite characters and motifs. as well as the stories, the booklet explains key matters bobbing up from the narratives, and discusses the myths and their wider relevance.

This long-overdue e-book crystallises 3 key parts of curiosity: the character of the stories; the tales themselves; and the way they've got and can be interpreted. For the 1st time, it brings jointly elements of Greek mythology basically often to be had in disparate kinds - specifically children's books and educational works. there'll be a lot right here that's fascinating, superb, and unusual in addition to well-known. specialists and non-experts, adults, scholars and schoolchildren alike will achieve leisure and perception from this interesting and critical quantity.

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They attacked the huge pile of sand and millet, each ant 02 Part 01 KM:Master Testpages KM 54 10/12/07 13:53 Page 54 MYTHS ABOUT COSMOLOGY AND FLOOD carrying a millet grain in its mouth and putting it into the sack. Backwards and forwards the ants hurried, until in a twinkling of an eye all the millet was back in the sack. When the old woman came back, she was amazed to find that Mok Toryo(ng had finished an impossible task in so short a time. The other youth was surprised too, and chagrined that his trick had failed.

Ouch! ’ Then Mr Ch’ilso(ng realized completely for the first time how wicked she was. ’ ‘Ah, Father, but she is still a mother. ’ the seven children implored. Then Mr Ch’ilso(ng ran and kicked the stepmother this way and that, and she became a viper, a frog and then a mole. ‘You have committed a great sin in Ch’o(nhagung, so how can you live to see the sun? Become a mole so that you can never see heaven’, Mr Ch’ilso(ng cursed her, and then said to his sons, ‘My seven sons, let us find your true mother.

In the second year he received a letter of acceptance. Then in the third year they were married. When he went to her parents’ house for the wedding, he found he had nothing with which to wrap the letter of matrimony. So he gathered the pieces of silk hanging at Kuksadang1 to wrap it. He found he had no box for the present of silk to the bride. Looking under the veranda he found an old wooden clog, and used that as the box for the silk. He found he had no horse to carry the letter of matrimony, so he loaded it on a rooster.

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