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Author : David D. Gilmore
ISBN : 9780812203226
Genre : Social Science
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The human mind needs monsters. In every culture and in every epoch in human history, from ancient Egypt to modern Hollywood, imaginary beings have haunted dreams and fantasies, provoking in young and old shivers of delight, thrills of terror, and endless fascination. All known folklores brim with visions of looming and ferocious monsters, often in the role as adversaries to great heroes. But while heroes have been closely studied by mythologists, monsters have been neglected, even though they are equally important as pan-human symbols and reveal similar insights into ways the mind works. In Monsters: Evil Beings, Mythical Beasts, and All Manner of Imaginary Terrors, anthropologist David D. Gilmore explores what human traits monsters represent and why they are so ubiquitous in people's imaginations and share so many features across different cultures. Using colorful and absorbing evidence from virtually all times and places, Monsters is the first attempt by an anthropologist to delve into the mysterious, frightful abyss of mythical beasts and to interpret their role in the psyche and in society. After many hair-raising descriptions of monstrous beings in art, folktales, fantasy, literature, and community ritual, including such avatars as Dracula and Frankenstein, Hollywood ghouls, and extraterrestrials, Gilmore identifies many common denominators and proposes some novel interpretations. Monsters, according to Gilmore, are always enormous, man-eating, gratuitously violent, aggressive, sexually sadistic, and superhuman in power, combining our worst nightmares and our most urgent fantasies. We both abhor and worship our monsters: they are our gods as well as our demons. Gilmore argues that the immortal monster of the mind is a complex creation embodying virtually all of the inner conflicts that make us human. Far from being something alien, nonhuman, and outside us, our monsters are our deepest selves.
Category: Social Science

Drachen Und Sirenen

Author : Bernd Roling
ISBN : 9789004189423
Genre : History
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Stretching from the Middle Ages to Modern Times and including sholars like Albertus Magnus, Conrad Gessner, and even Georges Buffon and Carl of Linné, this book offers a wideranging survey of the theological, medical and zoological discussions devoted to hybride creatures such as mermaids, fauns, dragons, giants and dwarfs.
Category: History

Monster In Der Fr Hgriechischen Kunst

Author : Lorenz Winkler-Horacek
ISBN : 9783110215427
Genre : Art
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Bildfriese mit aneinander gereihten Monstern und Wildtieren sind ein Leitmotiv in der frühen Bilderwelt der Griechen (etwa 700 bis 550 v. Chr.). In dem Buch geht es um die Aneignung der Monster-Ikonographie aus dem Orient sowie ihre spezifische Ausformung in der damals führenden Luxuskeramik von Korinth. Lorenz Winkler-Horaček entdeckt das von den Vasenmalern entwickelte Regelsystem, nach dem die Monster und Wildtiere geordnet sind. Damit eröffnet er eine neue anthropologisch-historische Perspektive: die Monster symbolisieren das Unheimliche der Wildnis jenseits der griechischen Zivilisation. Mit der Rationalisierung des Unfassbaren entwickelte Korinth eine Ikonographie, die in der Phase der Konsolidierung der griechischen Polis und in Zeiten der Kolonisation Maßstäbe setzte.
Category: Art

The Monsters In The Mind

Author : Frank Cawson
ISBN : UOM:39015037286708
Genre : Evil in literature
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Modern Look At Monsters

Author : Daniel Cohen
ISBN : UOM:39015001895401
Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
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Immortal Monster

Author : Joseph Andriano
ISBN : 0313306672
Genre : Fiction
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Monsters figure prominently in classic works of literature as well as in films and stories intended for a wide audience. Since Darwin's time, most of these imaginary beasts have taken the form of natural creatures, rather than supernatural ones. This volume explores both literary and cinematic texts that are especially explicit in their depiction of beasts in Darwinian terms, though these same monsters retain an archaic mythological aspect. The myth of Leviathan and Behemoth, for instance, is at the heart of Jaws as much as it is central to Moby-Dick; indeed, Jaws inherits the myth directly from Moby-Dick, as does King Kong. These and other monster tales keep the myth alive by retelling it in the context of biological and cultural evolution. There is a pattern of alternating bestialization and anthropomorphism in many monster tales, suggesting that these images are being displayed in repeated attempts to define who we are in relation to animals. As fables of identity, these tales dramatize our anxieties and fears concerning our own animal nature and help us come to terms with our own evolution.
Category: Fiction

Eine Kurze Geschichte Der Menschheit

Author : Yuval Noah Harari
ISBN : 9783641104986
Genre : History
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Krone der Schöpfung? Vor 100 000 Jahren war der Homo sapiens noch ein unbedeutendes Tier, das unauffällig in einem abgelegenen Winkel des afrikanischen Kontinents lebte. Unsere Vorfahren teilten sich den Planeten mit mindestens fünf weiteren menschlichen Spezies, und die Rolle, die sie im Ökosystem spielten, war nicht größer als die von Gorillas, Libellen oder Quallen. Vor 70 000 Jahren dann vollzog sich ein mysteriöser und rascher Wandel mit dem Homo sapiens, und es war vor allem die Beschaffenheit seines Gehirns, die ihn zum Herren des Planeten und zum Schrecken des Ökosystems werden ließ. Bis heute hat sich diese Vorherrschaft stetig zugespitzt: Der Mensch hat die Fähigkeit zu schöpferischem und zu zerstörerischem Handeln wie kein anderes Lebewesen. Anschaulich, unterhaltsam und stellenweise hochkomisch zeichnet Yuval Harari die Geschichte des Menschen nach und zeigt alle großen, aber auch alle ambivalenten Momente unserer Menschwerdung.
Category: History


Author : Josepha Sherman
ISBN : 0765680475
Genre : Social Science
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A collection of informative entries providing a definitive and fascinating study of the wide world of storytelling.
Category: Social Science