Origins of Fire: Ancient Myths From Around the World (ebook)
Origins of Fire: Ancient Myths From Around the World
by Einar Jensen
(your choice of epub or Kindle/mobi versions)
Origins of Fire is an entertaining
collection of 29 fire-origin myths from diverse cultures separated by
vast geographical distances, yet sharing recurring themes, such as
fire’s representation of divine power, over and above its practical
uses; the strong presence of animals possessing magical powers; and the
need for trickery to obtain fire.
With animals that creep, crawl, swim, run and fly, these myths and
stories originate from throughout North America and Australia, as well
as Botswana, Bay of Bengal, Borneo, Melanesia, Samoa, and Nigeria.
You’ll read about birds (kingfishers, ostriches, buzzards, hawks, crows,
mud hens), toads and frogs, spiders and snakes, coyotes and cougars,
squirrels and rabbits, dogs and wolverines, and even the mighty bear,
the little mouse and Le-che-che, the hummingbird.
“When I was growing up I greatly enjoyed reading Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories,
recounting the colorful and fanciful ways various animals came to be
the way they are,” says editor Einar Jensen. “When I later went to
college, Native American literature and history courses revived my
interest in ancient stories that describe how and why our world is the
way it is. Later, when I began researching new strategies for teaching
our kids about fire, I turned to the fire myths related here.”