Reading up on Myths and Mythology


I’ve been fascinated by Bhante @sujato’s posts on myths and mythology, and I’m curious–where would be a good place to start learning about that topic (which imagine is a pretty large undertaking).


If you’re interested in the Indo-European dragon-slaying myth (and Indo-European poetics), then Calvert Watkins’ How To Kill A Dragon: Aspects of Indo-European Poetics (Oxford University Press, 1995) offers a comprehensive, scholarly survey.


Perhaps this graduate program information might be interesting M.A./Ph.D. in Mythology

(Just one approach among the very diverse ways in which this subject might be explored.)


Also discovered this:


Well, now there’s this:

I’m giving some thought to teaching a course this year on Buddhism and Mythology. Hmm, let’s see!

For myself, there are a few modern works that stand out, and have greatly influenced me. In no particular order:

Julian Jaynes, The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind

Various works by


Would it be online? I would be very interested if it were. Anthropology is one of my roads not taken.



Work by Joseph Campbell is a good place to start.


Very grateful for this post, exactly what I’ve been looking for. I’ve heard rumors of a Buddhist Cosmology book coming out and I’d love to have more of those ideas in my actual everyday practice and experience. Thanks!