From the white stag to the green knight, The Seven Story Tower examines how myth colours our perception of history, nature, and ourselves. Organized around seven key myths-representing the Irish, Greek, Sumerian, Indonesian, Amazonian, and Inuit cultures, as well as the fantasy world of J. R. R. Tolkien-this book is the perfect intro-duction to the common themes found in world mythology. Curtiss Hoffman, a noted archaeologist and anthropologist, takes us beyond the entertaining stories and uses insights from cultural anthropology and analytical psychology to analyze the many common themes found throughout. In particular, he examines the significance of names, numbers, plants, animals, the heavenly bodies, and the human body. The Seven Story Tower will enhance the reader's appreciation of myth's power today over our lives and cultures.
Curtiss Hoffman, Ph.D., is Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at Bridgewater State College. He is involved in archaeological research at eastern Massa-chusetts Native American sites and is Past President of the Massachusetts Archaeological Society.