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Myth and Sexuality (1990 Hardback)


£20.00

Good condition used Hardback
with intact Dust Jacket.

1990 First Edition published by
New American Library, NY.
Author: Jamake Highwater.
ISBN: 0453007082.
Approx dims: 225mm h x 145mm w x 23mm d.

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Myth and Sexuality

Condition and Description:

Good condition used Hardback with intact Dust Jacket.

1990 First Edition published by New American Library, New York/ Penguin Books Ltd, U.S.A.
Author: Jamake Highwater.
ISBN: 0453007082.
Approx dims: 225mm h x 145mm w x 23mm d.

Intact clean slightly sunned condition dust jacket with some creasing to edges, plus some rubbing and signs of handling. Slightly sunned with intact spine. Dust Jacket over very good condition black boards with silver title lettering to spine. 224 clean, slightly tanned inside pages of English text, no inscriptions. Page ends tanned. Image shown is actual book for sale.

Synopsis of Myth and Sexuality:

“Joseph Campbell called them ‘the myths we live by.’ These are the varying visions of reality that different cultures incorporate into religion, folklore and art, and which put their stamp on the entire spectrum of human activity.

This major new work by renowned author Jamake Highwater, himself a close friend and disciple of Campbell, carries the study of myth and its effects into a key aspect of life: sexuality. Beginning with a searching examination of the most pervasive sexual myth of our time, Freud’s dictum that ‘anatomy is destiny,’ Myth and Sexuality moves through history around the globe to show how far from the truth this is. In Highwater’s vivid panorama of myth and legend, religion and literature, we come to see how vast a variety of sexual attitudes and activities have flourished from place to place and age to age. The important ultimate effect of this landmark book is to show sexuality existing not as a fixed and final form of human behavior, but rather as an infinite human potential. Freeing us from the prison of present ideas and prejudices, Myth and Sexuality is a work of the profoundest illumination and liberation.

Vision follows vision. We view the idea of the dominant female of ancient times giving way to the dominant male in tales of sky and earth, goddess and god. In religious texts we witness woman depicted as symbol of purity, and then as a licentious daughter of Satan. In African and Native American cultures, we learn the rules and often respected roles that tribes assigned to homosexuals. In the shifting shades of Western thought, from the Middle Ages to the Enlightenment, from the Victorian era to our own times, we find sex elevated and repressed, praised and condemned.”