Chapter 1 Myth as a way of Growing Courage Chapter 2 Rituals an Myths that have Lost their Power Chapter 3 Myths: One Size Does Not Fit All Chapter 4 The Nature of Ritual and Myth Chapter 5 Myth doesn't have to be True to Reveal Truth Chapter 6 How Ritual Can Put us in Touch with the Present Chapter 7 The Mythic Landscape Chapter 8 The Palio di Siena; a Ritual of Social Competition Chapter 9 The Myths of Gun Ownership, and War Chapter 10 Ritual Occasions that have Changed their Emphasis: Childbirth Chapter 11 Myth is Everywhere - If You Look for it Chapter 12 Bogus Myths And How to Identify Them Chapter 13 What Do Myth and Ritual Supply? Chapter 14 Some Devalued Myths; Jury Duty, the Drinking Age Chapter 15 A Familiar Ritual; Graduation Chapter 16 A Second Familiar Ritual: Marriage Chapter 17 Work as Ritual Chapter 18 Rituals of Food and Diet Chapter 19 A World of Weak Myths Chapter 20 Under-Appreciated Rituals; Housework, Cars, and Kitchens Chapter 21 The Way Ahead Chapter 22 The Cost of a World Without Ritual and Myth Chapter 23 A Theory of Ritual and Myth: A Future of Our Own Creation
Allan Hunter is a professor of literature, a counselor, a therapist and the author of Princes, Frogs and Ugly Sisters, The Six Archetypes of Love, Stories We Need to Know and Write Your Memoir.
"Allan Hunter gets to the heart of personal transformation in this timely and groundbreaking guide to personal authenticity and living a life in accord with the energies of the universe." -- Julie Clayton, New Consciousness Review There is nothing new in pointing to the overwhelming and negative effects of materialism in our culture and there is nothing new in suggesting that we need to find meaning with spiritual depth somewhere in all of this. But how and where to find it? That is the question and answer that author Dr Allan G. Hunter deals in. He discusses the myths and rituals of our society which on their surface lack any real meaning or depth, leading to self-destruction, and balances this with explaining how these same myths, if connected to their true inner purpose and significance, can lead to self-healing and a strong sense of purpose. -- Bill Anderton, Pilgrims