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Sources for the symbolism section, Meaning in Myth 

The articles in this web site are the result of over 25 years' experience of travel, research, and teaching in the Humanities at college and university levels.  Parenthetical or other forms of citation are not given within the text so as not to tempt anyone by providing opportunity for plagiarism.  

Where the source is cited on a particular page, the item might not also appear here.

The list is not inclusive and not regularly updated.  Since Jan. 2006, some general texts, when still in print, are linked to  but this might be to a more recent edition than the one cited. 

Books on Tibetan Buddhism are mostly linked to Namse Bangdzo.  Names of Buddhist lamas do not appear here unless a conventionally published work has been used.  Look for those links, and other specialized books, in the pages relating to teachings, etc.


Abley, Mark.  Spoken Here: Travels Among Threatened Languages.  Toronto:

         Random  House, 2003.

Aitkin, M. E.  (ed.) Meeting the Buddha: On Pilgrimage in Buddhist India. N.Y.: Riverhead

        [for Tricycle,] 1995.

Allione, Tsultrim.  Women of Wisdom.  Ithaca, N.Y.:  Snow Lion, 2000 ed.

Ann, Martha and Dorothy Myers Imel.  Goddesses in World Mythology.  Santa Barbara:

        ABC-CLIO, 1993. 

Ashe, Geoffrey. Dawn Behind the Dawn: A Search For the Earthly Paradise.  NY:  Holt,


Babbitt, Ellen C. The Jatakas: Tales of India.  New York: ACC, Meredith Corp., 1912.

Basham, A. L.  The Wonder That Was India. NY:  Grove Press, 1959.

Bell, Robert E.  Dictionary of Classical Mythology. Santa Barbara;  ABC-CLIO, 1982.

Bently, Peter. The Dictionary of World Mythology. NY: Facts on File, 1995. 

Beyer, Stephen.  The Cult of Tara:  Magic and Ritual in Tibet. Berkeley:  U. of California,


Bharati, Agehananda. The Tantric Tradition. London; Rider, 1965. [aka Tantric Traditions]

Blurton, T. Richard. Hindu Art. Cambridge:  Harvard U. Press, 1993.

Bowker, John. The Oxford Dictionary of World Religions. Oxford:  Oxford University

Press, 1997. 

Bronowski, Jacob.  The Ascent of Man.  Little Brown, 1976.

Burkert, Walter.  Creation of the Sacred Cambridge: Harvard U. P., 1996.

Burkhardt, V. R. Chinese Creeds and Customs.  ("Three vols. combined.")  ca. 1938.

Campbell, Joseph.  The Hero With a Thousand Faces.  New Jersey: Princeton U., 1971.

 _____________* . The Mythic Image.

_____________ . The Masks of God: Primitive Mythology.

____________ .  The Masks of God: Occidental Mythology.

____________ .  The Masks of God: Oriental Mythology.

____________ .  The Masks of God: Creative Mythology.

_____________ . Historical Atlas of World Mythology: Way of the Seeded Earth, pt.1-2  

_____________ . Historical Atlas of World Mythology: Way of the Animal Powers. pt.1-3

_____________ . The Power of Myth. (Book accompanying video series.)

_____________ . Flight of the Wild Gander. 1968.

Caras, Roger A.  A Dog is Listening.  1993.

Cavendish, Richard [ed.] Man, Myth and Magic. NY:  Marshal Cavendish, 1995. [24 v.]

Chevalier, Jean and Alain Gheerbrant.  Dictionary of Symbols. London: Penguin Books,


Cirlot, J. E. A Dictionary of Symbols.  London:  Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1971.

Coomaraswamy, Ananda and Sister Nivedita. Myths of the Hindus and Buddhists. New 

        Delhi: Sagar, 1972.               

Danielou, Alain.  Mythes et dieux de l'Inde :  Le polytheisme hindou.  Paris : Editions du 

        Rocher, 1992.

Doniger O'Flaherty, Wendy.  Dreams, Illusions and Other Realities U. of Chicago, 1986.

Dowman, Keith. The Legend of the Great Stupa of Boudhanath. < new edition

____________ .  The Life Story of the Lotus-Born Guru, Padmasambhava. Berkeley:

        Dharma Publ., 1973.

Drury, Nevill. Dictionary of Mysticism and the Occult.  San Francisco: Harper and  Row,

        1985.       [link is to new edition.]

Eliade, Mircea. Yoga:  Immortality and Freedom.  Bollingen, 1970.

_____________. Shamanism.

Evans-Wentz, W. Y.  Tibet's Great Yogi Milarepa. Oxford, 1928.

Feigon, Lee.  Demystifying Tibet.  Chicago:  Ivan R. Dee, 1996.

Frederiksen, Thomas H. A Brief Study Guide,"Mayan & Aztec Religion." Online 1997-99.

Geckel, Deitrich. Art of the World. NY: Crown Publishers, 1964.

George, Robert A. Studies in Mythology. Toronto:  Dorsey Press, 1968.

Govinda, Lama Angarika. The Way of the White Clouds.

_________________.  Foundations of Tibetan Mysticism.

Gross, Robert.  The Sadhus of India. Delhi: Rawat Publications, 1992. 

Hartsuiker, Dolf. Sadhus: India's Mystic Holy Men. Rochester, Vermont: Inner Traditions,


Holmes, Ken.  Karmapa:  A Sacred Prophecy.

Holt, Helen B.  Professor (Retired, 2006) of Humanities: Champlain College, St-Lambert/Longueuil, Quebec, Canada. 

        New Dimensions of Consciousness; Human Aspects of Modern Technology;

Meaning in Movement; Cultural Impact of Science; Clothing: The Bare Essentials;

        Mythologies; Knowledge, Belief and Prejudice; Buddhism and Christianity; Ethics. 


Isis Infinet.  FOB.  Sept. 6/99 No longer available 11/00.

Johnson, Buffie.  Lady of the Beasts.  San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1988.

Kalu Rinpoche.  Secret Buddhism: Vajrayana PracticesSan Francisco: Clearpoint, 1995.

Kashroo, Pandit. (Formerly of Kashmir.) Professor of Mathematics, ret. Champlain 

        Regional College, Quebec. Personal Communication.               

Khan, Noor Inayat. Twenty Jataka Tales. London:  East-West Publ., 1939/1985.

Kirk, G. S. Myth and Its Meanings and Functions ... . London: Cambridge U. P., 1970.

Lal, Kumar Surinder.  (b. Lahore, now of Chandigarh, Himachal Pradesh.)   

Landau, Jonathan and Andy Weber.  Images of Enlightenment: Tibetan Art in Practice. Ithaca,

        NY:  Snow Lion, 1993.

Leeming, David Adams.  The World of Myth.  NY:  Oxford U. P., 1990.

Levine, Norma.  Blessing Power of the Buddhas: Sacred Objects, Secret Lands. Brisbane: 

        Element, 1993.

Lowry, Shirley Park.  Familiar MysteriesThe Truth in Myth  1982.

Mackenzie, Donald A.  Myths of China and Japan

McCulloch, Canon John Arnott [ed.] Mythology of All Races, 13 v., 1914/1932/1964. 

Mercatante, Anthony S. The Facts on File Encyclopedia of World Mythology and Legend.

            2 vols.  NY: 1988.

----------------------.  Who's Who in Egyptian Mythology.  NY:  Clarkson Potter, 1978/1995.

McDonough, Sheila. Lectures.  Hinduism and Buddhism.  Concordia University, 1964.

Middleton, John.  Myth and Cosmos: Readings in ...  Symbolism. NY: Natural History Press,


Monaghan, Patricia. The (New) Book of Goddesses and Heroines. Toronto:  Clarke-Irwin,


Mookerjee, Ajit. Tantric Art. New Delhi: Kumar Bros., 1970.

New Larousse Dictionary of Mythology.

Oosten, Jarich G. The War of the Gods: The Social Code in Indo-European Mythology.  London:

Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1985.

Orchard, Andy.  Dictionary of Norse Myth and Legend.  NY:  Cassell, 1997.

Parrinder, Geoffrey.  Man and His Gods.  Feltham, England: Hamlyn, 1971.

Rawson, Philip.  The Art of Tantra. London:  Thames and Hudson, 1973.

Repps, Paul.  Zen Flesh, Zen Bones. Tuttle reprint, 1998.

Roberts, J. A. G.  A Concise History of China. Cambridge, Mass.:  Harvard U. P., 1999.

Sjoo, Monica and Barbara Mor.  The Great Cosmic Mother.  San Francisco:  Harper & Row,


Sykes, Egerton. Everyman's Dictionary of Non-classical Mythology.  London:  J. M. Dent, 1968.

Tulku Thondup & H. Talbott (ed.) Hidden Teachings of Tibet: An Explanation of the

    Terma Tradition. Somerville, Mass.:  Wisdom Publications, 1987.

Thomas, Edward J.  The Life of Buddha. London:  Kegan Paul, 1927/71.

Time-Life (eds.) The Enchanted World: series. 1986.

Vessantara.  Meeting the Buddhas: A Guide to Buddhas, Bodhisattvas and Tantric Deities. 

        Birmingham:  Windhorse, 1993/4.

Vierni, Piero.  Tibet.  Italia: White Star, 2002.  (French edition:  Bernadette Imbert. Paris:

        Grund, 2003.)

Waddell, L. A.  Buddhism of Tibet or Lamaism NY:  Dover, 1895/1972/1995.

Walker, Barbara. The Woman's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets. San Francisco:  Harper

        & Row, 1983.

Weber, Max. (Gerth, ed.) The Religion of India. Toronto:  The Free Press, 1958.

Willis, Roy [ed.] World Mythology.  Richmond Hill:  Duncan Baird, 1993.

Wilson, Janice D., ed. Feminine Ground:  Essays on Women and Tibet. Ithaca, NY:  Snow

        Lion, 1989.

Woodroffe, Sir John. Shakta and Shakti. Madras:  Ganesh & Co., 1929.

Zaehner, R. C.  Zen, Drugs and Mysticism. NY: Vintage, 1974/1989 ed..

Zimmer, Heinrich.  Myths and Symbols in Indian Art and Civilization.  NY:  Harper, 1965.


* : _________ is used in MLA format to indicate the same author as previous item.

Some sources: Articles on Buddhism are the product of personal study and practice, mainly in the Karma Kagyu tradition.  See also, Links.

The segment on symbolism and mythology is dedicated to Mrs. Lancey,  who taught the importance of research method at Westmount Junior High School (then on Academy Road) in Montreal, Quebec in the 1950's and 60's.  It is also for the hundreds of students who have contributed to these interesting topics as a result of the excellence of that method.

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