The Magic Web

"That is the substance, this the shadow; that the reality, this the dream."
— E.S. Phelps
 
"Therefore, even the lover of myth is in a sense a
philosopher; for myth is composed of wonders."
— Aristotle

Myth and Meaning

Joseph Campbell is one of my heroes. Here you can find an email discussion community devoted to Campbell.

One of Professor Campbell's students, author and filmmaker Phil Cousineau, is also online.

Myth is an important part of the psychology of
Carl Jung, one of Campbell's primary influences. Here's an excellent Jung Organization in Atlanta. I've written two articles on mythic topics for their newsletter.

One of the classic pioneering early works in the field of comparative mythology, Sir James George Frazer's The Golden Bough: A Study in Magic and Religion, is available online. A monumental study in comparative folklore, magic and religion, The Golden Bough shows parallels between the rites and beliefs, superstitions and taboos of early cultures and those of Christianity. It had a great impact on psychology and literature and remains an early classic anthropological resource.

Telling My Story is a healing community for dream work and personal mythology. Myth and Meaning was inspired by Professor Campbell's works.

Myth and Culture is a woman's look at myth's relevance in the modern world. Myth and Metaphor is another look at the meaning of myth in both modern and historical contexts.

Living Myths is also a site well worth visiting, with indepth explorations of story and myth cycles and their relevance.

The Ringing Rocks Foundation works independently and with partners to research, document, and help conserve diverse global wisdom traditions and their healing practices. Through photography, audio and video recordings, and preservation of artifacts, cultural ways are documented and archived for study.

Morgana's Observatory includes a wealth of myth references, including some on world myth, religion, modern myth, paganism, Christianity, and feminist mysticism that I haven't seen anywhere else.

General Mythology


The Encyclopedia Mythica may be one of the most important mythology resources to be found on the Internet. This is an always-growing collection of detailed entries on characters, stories, and motifs from myth cycles from around the world. I recommend it highly.

The Probert Encyclopaedia of Mythology offers a comprehensive Who's Who of the world's mythologies, arranged by tradition for easy reference.

The Myth Encyclopedia provides additional detailed articles explaining both classical (Greek and Roman) as well as less widely known cycles from Africa, Persia, and more.

Boasting more than 3,000 entries,
Myth Beasts features what must be the largest collection of articles about monsters and mythic animals anywhere on the Web. From ghosts and minotaurs to dragons and gargoyles, you’ll find them all here, neatly organized by culture, attribute, or type.

The Dictionary of Phrase and Fable is a well-organized resource. Mything Links provides and annotated list of resources on myth, folklore, and fairy tales.

Godchecker offers another cross cultural mythology encyclopedia, presenting excellent information with a sense of fun and humor. The site has recently been updated to include mythic deities from Finland, Lapland, and China, and even includes Oceanic myth.

Sacred Texts offers an online virtual library of texts and myth sources from a dizzying spectrum of cultures from all over the world. You’ll find sacred texts from the world’s major religions, ancient sagas and myths, poetry, occult references, and even some of the ancient sources for J. R. R. Tolkien’s books. This is a truly wonderful resource—a veritable online Library of Alexandria—and a terrific place to begin your research or just to browse and read.

Here is another excellent resource for electronic myth and folklore texts, and here is another that’s just as good.

Winged Sandals may be aimed primary at kids and young adults, but the media-rich content, featuring animation, interactivity, and games to teach classical mythology, will be of interest to all. It's an absolute delight!

Here's an excellent annotated index of World Mythology with links to commentary, tales grouped by region, and more. This is truly a fabulous resource and a real treasure for lovers of myths and legends everywhere.

The complete text of the classic resource Bulfinch's Mythology is online.

This is one of the most comprehensive lists of Myth links I have come across. This site on resources for Myth Around the World offers cross-cultural mythology links by category with some excellent resources.

This collection of myth and folklore is organized by region. This is another excellent guide to folklore and myth on the Web. Timeless Myths is a well organized site with references on Classical, Norse, Arthurian, and Celtic myths. As you might guess, Mything Links provides an annotated list of online references. Well done! Here’s another collection of resource links.

The Big Myth is an amazing animated collection of creation myths from all over the world. The site makes a marvelous educational resource allowing teachers all over the world to give students a global perspective on creation mythology.

This site, Coriosolite Expert System, deals with coinage and the mythic symbols that appear on them.

Mythography explores mythology and art with information about the classic stories of heroes and gods ... from the myths of ancient Greece and Rome, to the legends of the Celts. The Mythography website also presents resources and reference materials about mythology, including recommended books and lexicons that explain Greek, Roman, and Celtic terms and words.

Mythhome is also a good site for world myth, with timelines and resources arranged by culture.

Myth-Folklore online also offers some terrific resources.

Decoding Myth offers an interesting take on mythology from an astronomical viewpoint.



"For myth is alive at once and in all its parts, and dies before it can be dissected. It is possible, I think, to be moved by the power of myth and yet to misunderstand the sensation, to ascribe it wholly to something else that is also present: to metrical art, style, or verbal skill."

"I believe that legends and myth are largely made of truth, and indeed present aspects of it that can only be perceived in this mode; and long ago certain truths and modes of this kind were discovered and must always reappear."
— J.R.R. Tolkien


Myth Publications



Spring Publications is offering some truly important works on myth and psychology by such authors as James Hillman, Nor Hall, Mircea Eliade, Ginette Paris, Thomas Moore, and Joseph Campbell. This is an excellent and critical resource for some very hard-to-find works in the subject of art, psychology, religion, and myth.

Parabola Magazine is a wonderful magazine. It's always filled with insightful content and it's put together by a great bunch of folks.

The Green Man Review is an online cultural arts magazine focusing on my and folk roots and Rambles is an online review of folk and roots related literature, music, media, performance, and more.

The American Folklore Society publishes scholarly journals.

 

Myth, Fairy Tales, Literature, and the Arts



The
Mythopoeic Society is an excellent source for the mythic influences on the works of the Inklings, especially C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien.

Aaron Shepard has put together a page of resources for storytellers, as does Tim Sheppard.

Here's a page on the Origin and Evolution of Fairy Tales, here are the Grimm Tales, here's a collection of Fairy Tales from Around the World. National Geographic’s page on the Grimm tales is excellent. This folk and fairy tale page also has some fine resources available.

This fairy tale page is priceless. Also, Andrew Lang's multi-colored Fairy Books are available online!

Speaking of fairy tales, here you will find an online forum for the discussion of fairytales and folklore. The participants are a lively, erudite, well-informed bunch. You even find such luminaries as Jane Yolen, Terri Windling, and Clarisa Pinkola Estes participating now and again.

Endicott Studio is home to a number of modern mythmakers, including authors Teri Windling and Charles de Lint and artist Tom Canty. It's well worth a visit!

World Legends in Myth and the Arts is a good place to start as well.


"The only difference between a story and the truth is how often the story is told."
— J. Gregory Keyes,
The Waterborn



Classical Mythology



Looking for characters from Greek and Roman myths? Click here. Here, you can study an illustrated family tree.

This is the Mother Lode of Greek and Roman Myth references, texts, essays, and resources. This site draws together texts and sources related to Greek and Roman myth. Here are the Labors of Hercules.

Are are some references on the Origins of Greek and Roman myth, and here is a collection of Classical Mythology References arranged by geography. MythWeb offers more on Greek myth, including an encyclopedia.

Consult the Oracle at Delphi
here, here, or here.

This site compares
Greek and Roman names of the Immortals. Here’s a site inspired by the Muses.

 

Women in Myth



Clio is a fascinating page about women in religion and mythology. Here's an annotated bibliography of Women in Classical Mythology. Here’s another source for Women in Classical Myth.

This essay, The Dionysiac Mysteries and the Thesmophoria, is fascinating. This site explores the goddess Isis and her connection to pagan feminism.

Okay, it's not entirely mythology, but Diotima: Women and Gender in the Ancient World is an excellent place on the net to begin research on women in ancient history. It provides a search engine, essays, images, anthologies and bibliographies for research.

Here is a helpful bibliography of Women in Folklore.

This site lists Goddesses from Celtic Myth.

If you like large women,
try this site on mythic giantesses.

 

Non-European World Myth



Interested in
Hittite, Canaanite, Hawaiian, Sumerian or Assyro-Babylonian myth cycles?

Or are you interested in Voodoo? Here's a site on Vodoun Creation Mythology, and here is Vodoun Culture, a truly excellent site that takes an encyclopedic approach to Haitian Sacred Tradition.

Here's a gold mine of Native American mythology resources. Here, you'll find an index of online Native American texts. This page offers Myths and Legends for American Indian Youth.
Here is a page for Pacific Northwest Raven tales and here you'll find Inupait Raven tales. Click here for my own take on Raven!

This is an excellent page on Aboriginal Dreamtime from Australia. This amazing site features mythic masks inspired by the ancient traditions of Australia. This site is an absolutely amazing resource for Aboriginal artists working with myth in Australia.

Here, you can explore
Mayan Folklore.

MythHome has a good page on Asian Mythology.

Here is a good place to start your exploration of Japanese Mythology. Start here or here for Chinese Mythology.

Visit here for Indian/Hindu Mythology.

Here is a page on Korean Myth. This is the Korean Creation Myth.

On this page, you'll discover a nice resource on Ancient Mythology in Egypt. This site feature the complete Egyptian Book of the Dead.

 

Norse and European Myth



If you're a Viking at heart, here's a guide to the
Norse Gods. Here's a Family Album from Asgard, and here's another. This a solid encyclopedia of Norse myth.

Here, find a terrific library of ebooks on Norse Myth which can be downloaded for free. There are plenty of other resources there to explore. This is a very well-organized overview of the key elements, themes, and characters from Norse Mythology. Of course, Norse myth all starts with the Poetic Edda.

The Child Ballads, traditional ballads of England and Scotland collected by Francis Child, are collected online. This is a treasure!

This site seeks to safeguard Eurpean folklore and traditions.

The Beings of the Woods of Sweden collects stories about the mystical and magical beings that lives in our endless woods .... If you visit the Dark Woods you will meet ugly Trolls, Beautiful Fairies and a Woodnymph! You can also read some great poems by the Swedish poet Gustav Froding, who wrote many poems about the beings in the woods.


Celtic Myth and Faerie Lore



Lisala, a self-described "Digital Medievalist," has put together one of the very best Celtic sites to be found anywhere on the World Wide Web.


Luminarium may be the best Celtic Myth site of all, or one of them, anyway. Don't miss the Book of Kells or these Irish Sites. This Irish Myth site is priceless.

This Directory of Irish folklore is very well done. Visit the Scottish Celtic Heritage Trust for more. Here's a page on the folklore and myth of the Orkney Islands, just north of Scotland.

Visions of Albion offers a Bard's-eye View of Britain, including a druidical magical mystery tour through Logres, Alba, Cymru and the Isle of Women in poetry and images.

Here's a page on Celtic Myth with an emphasis on culture and religion in ancient times. Here's an Introduction to the Children of Danu from Celtic lore.

Here's a collection of resources all connected to the Tam Lin motif, a Scottish story of a young girl who must rescue her lover from the queen of the faeries.

The Timeless Myths Celtic page offers guides to mythic characters and tales of the Celtic lands. This site lists Goddesses from Celtic Myth.

This is excellent site on Welsh folklore and fairy tales.

If you missed the link above to
The Child Ballads, traditional ballads of England and Scotland, they belong here, too. Again, this is a treasure!

The entire text of the classic work The Mythology of Ancient Britain and Ireland by Charles Squire is available online. Of particular interest is the last chapter which traces the familiar Authurian heros and their stories back to their original rootstock as Welsh and Irish deities.

Want to learn more about the Fair Folk? Try the excellent Faerie Bibliography, Faerie Lore, or Irish fairy lore. Faerie Lands Forlorn is a new website devoted to fairy tales and fairy lore in the literary and visual arts, featuring complete illustrated fairytales, illustrated fairy-theme ballads and poetry and free and shareware fairy fonts and clip-art.

Beware the
Bad Faeries!

Some of my favorite Scottish tales involve The Selkie Folk. You can also click here for more Selkie lore.

No Celtic collection would be complete with the Green Man:

Please take a look at my own take on the fair folk in Blackthorne Faire.

For I am gone to the fairy people.
Make the most of your other child
Who prays with you by the village steeple.
I am gone away to the woods and wild.
— Lord Dunsany, The Fairy Child



The Arthurian Legends



The Camelot Project and Celtic Twilight are two of the best places on the Web to begin your research into the Arthurian Legends. The Camelot project contains an exhaustive collection of original sources, while Celtic Twilight offers an online encyclopedia, a wealth of links, literature, and much more.

The Sword and the Grail is my own take on the mythic and archetypal symbolism of the Arthurian legends. Here's my novel, The Widening Gyre , another look at the Arthur tales.

Here's a cool Holy Grail site with lots of good links, and here is another. This site offers looks at various historical and mythic theories and legends on the nature of the Grail and its fate. Here’s a good essay on Grail lore. This site takes a more mystical look at Grail lore.

Want to do some reading? Start with the Arthurian Booklist and then visit King Arthur Books. Here are some Medieval texts on the Web.

Here is another index of Arthurian links and resources. Camelot & Arthurian Legend has information and art on the major characters from the myth of Camelot as well as a Camelot art gallery and info on the lesser known characters from the legend.


The Quest is a student-run web page with very good information on the Arthurian Legends. It has a section on the origins of the legend, a section on different characters of the Legend, Arthurian Locations throughout England, and more. There is a very good Arthurian Art Gallery, and even a page on Arthurian games.

Here you can enjoy audio recordings of Arthurian material in Middle and Early Modern English. You can also find resources for teaching the Arthurian legends to all ages, from kindergarten children all the way to graduate students. Some of the same scholars were involved in collecting these Arthurian links.

The Timeless Myths page on the Arthurian Legends offers guides to the characters and tales.

Looking for information on the historical sources for Arthurian myth? Click here for one view of this question and a summary of most of the recent academic work on this issue. The site also has a links page.

Tom Green of Oxford University has put together some outstanding Arthurian pages, including material on history, archeology, and much more.
Here's a resource on History and the Arthurian Legend. This is another collection of Arthurian links, but it is one of the best. This collection of Arthur, Knights of the Round Table, and Camelot links is stunning. Voice of the Shuttle is another outstanding collection of King Arthur links and references.

This is an interesting site on some of the archeological work being done at South Cadbury, the bronze age hill fort that may have been Camelot. If you're a fan of the Arthur stories, you might enjoy a virtual tour of Glastonbury Tor, the one-time isle of Avalon.

 

Robin Hood



The Robin Hood Project is brought to you by the same learned folks who created the Camelot Project. Their standards are high.

Here’s a page on
Robin Hood facts and myths.


Look no further for a bibliography of Robin Hood links all dedicated to the famous merry outlaw.

You'll also enjoy these Robin Hood Ballads. Also see the Child Ballads, below (under European Myth, above).

Download the full text of Howard Pyle's Merry Adventures of Robin Hood!

Here's a wealth of on-line Robin Hood poems.

Bold Outlaw is a terrific resource for history and myth alike, from historical records and the earliest ballads to the latest films and novels.

The Sherwood Forest National Treasure Reserve, maintained by the Nottinghamshire County Council, lists sites to visit and things to do in and around the real Sherwood Forest itself.

 

The Traveling Peoples



Interested in the myths and mysteries of the Gypsies and the traveling peoples of the world? This page has a treasure chest of
Gypsy links and resources.

Here's another well-crafted
Romani (Gypsy) site.

Here's a page about the Travelling Peoples of Scotland and Ireland, and a site for the Travelers in the United States.



Myth and Magic:



Adam McLean's
Alchemy Website is a huge and wonderful site (over 700 pages) exploring Alchemy in every form imaginable, including art, music, paintings, symbols, research, hermetic texts, link lists, current resources and more.

Interested in lore and legends of the merfolk? Dive right in!

This is a fun dictionary page featuring descriptions of all sorts of mythical creatures, from dragons to faeries.


Modern Myth and Divination



Mything Links examines the “source code” of myth hidden in plain site in all aspects of popular culture.

Here you'll find of the most
fascinating modern myths ever, one that evolved around Miami's street children. Amazing!

Timeless Myths is focused on investigating the facts and history urban myths, ancient legends and tales inbetween, from old wives tales to the Sidhe, King Arthur, and Robin Hood.

Here's a terrific site on the history, myth, and folklore of Santa Claus.

Teachers and students will be interested in Myth Writing With Jane Yolen. Here you can learn to write a myth — a story that explains a natural phenomenon in a creative way. You'll also find writing strategies and a few warm-up activities to get you started. Last but not least, you'll write a myth of your own. Complete the workshop, and you'll receive a personalized Certificate of Achievement signed by Jane Yolen, one of the most prolific and respected authors of children’s fiction!

This site is dedicated to American Folklore.

Interested in Urban Legends and Modern Mythology? Click here! Here's a good index of urban legend resources.

Scopes is all about urban myth, although (sadly) their goal seems to be to dispell them.

If you're a fantasy writer like me, or if you're interested in mysticism or archetypal psychology, you've scrolled down to the right place. Want to know what's ahead? Here is a site where you can have your Tarot cards read online. Tarot Lore is one of the most impressive online divination sites I’ve come across. This is another groovy Tarot site. Both sites let you choose from a variety of decks and layout spreads. If you're interested in the connections between Qabala and Tarot, click here. It's cool. Lisa Tenzin-Dolma’s The Glastonbury Tarot is my favorite of all although, alas, the online version is not presently available.

Or, if you prefer something a bit different, try the Voice of the Woods oracle or Brian Froud's Faery Oracle. Fun.

Have a little fun and find your horoscope here or here.


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