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The King and the Corpse : Tales of the Soul's Conquest of Evil - Heinrich Zimmer

The King and the Corpse

Tales of the Soul's Conquest of Evil


Published: 21st November 1971
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Drawing from Eastern and Western literatures, Heinrich Zimmer presents a selection of stories linked together by their common concern for the problem of our eternal conflict with the forces of evil. Beginning with a tale from the Arabian Nights, this theme unfolds in legends from Irish paganism, medieval Christianity, the Arthurian cycle, and early Hinduism. In the retelling of these tales, Zimmer discloses the meanings within their seemingly unrelated symbols and suggests the philosophical wholeness of this assortment of myth.

"This handsome volume of essays ... is the yield of what can be called an Indologist's holiday... Expertly edited by Joseph Campbell, these essays rest upon Zimmer's belief--a belief which he shares with Jung and others--that the spiritual heritage of archaic man still survives in "the deeper unconscious layers of our soul.'"--Saturday Review of Literature

Editor's Foreword
List of Plates
The Dilettante among Symbolsp. 1
Abu Kasem's Slippersp. 9
A Pagan Hero and a Christian Saintp. 26
Four Romances from the Cycle of King Arthur
Gawain and the Green Knightp. 67
The Knight with the Lionp. 96
Lancelotp. 131
Merlinp. 181
The King and the Corpsep. 202
Four Episodes from the Romance of the Goddess
The Involuntary Creationp. 239
The Involuntary Marriagep. 264
The Voluntary Deathp. 285
Shiva Madp. 296
On the Sipra Shorep. 307
Indexp. 317
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780691017761
ISBN-10: 069101776X
Series: Bollingen Series
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 21st November 1971
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 15.4 x 22.8  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.56
Edition Number: 2