By Richard Erdoes, Alfonso Ortiz

This incredible assortment gathers a hundred and sixty stories from eighty tribal gathers to supply a wealthy and full of life landscape of the local American mythic history. From all around the continent come stories of construction and love, of heroes and battle, of animals, tricksters, and the tip of the area. Alfonso Ortiz, an eminent anthropologist, and Richard Erdoes, an artist and grasp storyteller, Indian voices within the most sensible folkloric assets of the 19th century to make this the main entire and genuine quantity of yankee Indian myths on hand anywhere.

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In book 8, when Odysseus finally reaches the hospitable land of the Phaeacians after much suffering by land and sea, he is treated to a great banquet and proper entertainment. The highlight of the evening is Demodocus’ story of how the ugly Hephaistos caught Aphrodite in bed with Ares. He used his craft as the god of smiths to make some very fine chains – so thin that they were invisible to the naked eye. With them, he turned his own bed into a trap, and caught Ares and Aphrodite together. Helios, the sun-god, shone down on the naked couple and all the gods had a good look at the captured lovers.

The god then joins the Greeks on the Trojan plain, helping them while Zeus is still looking to the distant north. Hera, from her own vantage point on top of Mount Olympus, realises what is going on and – because she too wants to help the Greeks against Zeus’s wishes – decides to visit her husband on Mount Ida, seduce him, and buy Poseidon some more time. Through Homer’s eyes, we have the supernatural ability to see Zeus and Poseidon perched on opposite mountain-tops, staring down at the Trojan plain between them, while Hera keeps watch from Mount Olympus.

18 He is in charge, and if the gods want to fight, siding with either Greeks or Trojans, that is no great worry to him; indeed, he looks forward to the spectacle, in much the same way as he watches the war between mortals, or indeed sporting events at Olympia. The only really serious theological disagreement between Homer and Hesiod concerns one single issue: the genealogy of Aphrodite. According to Hesiod, Aphrodite was born out of the castrated genitals of Heaven, a story that spoke of primordial powers of destruction and generation.

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