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Title: Mythmaking and Spiritual Development: Stanley Krippner's Prescription for a Personal Mythology
Contributor(s): Laughlin, Charles D (author); Rock, Adam J  (author)
Publication Date: 2015
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Abstract: Every culture on the planet has stories (or "folk tales") that are passed down from generation to generation. Some of these stories may be thousands of years old, and describe events that occurred long before the storyteller and his or her audience were alive. Legends, or historical stories, may recount famous battles, hunting expeditions, gatherings of the people, cataclysmic events, and discoveries of new peoples or lands. "Just-so" type stories account for the origins of things (e.g., how the howler monkey got its howl, how the spirits of plants gave people knowledge of medicines, why the day is divided into nighttime and daytime, where the moccasin game comes from, and so on). Fairy tale type stories (Jones, 1995) depict the shenanigans of spirit entities what Irving Hallowell (1955) liked to call other-than-human persons involved in all sorts of mystical and magical activities that may thwart, complicate, cause mayhem, or perhaps even help people.
Publication Type: Book Chapter
Source of Publication: Stanley Krippner: A Life of Dreams, Myths, and Visions. Essays on His Contributions and Influence, p. 83-98
Publisher: University Professors Press
Place of Publication: Colorado Springs, United States of America
ISBN: 9781939686022
Field of Research (FOR): 179999 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO): 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Category Description: B1 Chapter in a Scholarly Book
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Editor: Editor(s): Jeannine A Davies and Daniel B Pitchford
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