High School World Mythology Textbook

Date of Last update (developed between 1998 and 2004): January 1, 2004

Educator / Curator: Mark Oppenneer

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This is a hand-made high school textbook created from 1998-2004 for a senior elective in World Mythology. There is no license or restriction – feel free to use, remix, etc. Here is an abridged table of contents:

Part One: Creation Stories (Cosmogonies)


Part Two: Trickster Tales

Some Functions of Trickster Tales
Some Tricksters From Around the World
Mind: Trickster, Transformer
How Stories Came to Earth – Ashanti of Ghana
Raven finds the First Men – Haida
The Pot Bears a Son – China
Nasreddin Hodja – Turkey
Bouki Rents a Horse – Haiti
The Power of Writing
How Coyote kept death for the people – Caddo
Coyote and the Stranger – Kiowa
Trickster’s Buffalo Hunt – Hotcâk
Loki – Norse
Hermes: Apollo’s Cows – Greek
Hermes: Baby Heracles – Greek

Part Three: Hero Quests

The Epic of Gilgamesh
Kotan Utunnai
Beowulf & The 13th Warrior
Star Wars: A New Hope
Move over, Odysseus, here comes Luke Skywalker
Changing Face of Oral Tradition?
Stages of the Monomyth
Of Myth and Men
The Myth of Sisyphus

Compiled by Mark Oppenneer

This resource was suggested by Mark Oppenneer

About Mark Oppenneer:

I am a Joseph Campbell Foundation Working Associate serving as CTO for the organization. I hold an MS in Communication & Rhetoric from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, an MALS in Mythology & Oral Traditions from Empire State College, and a BA in English Education from the University at Albany.

From 1998 to 2004, I taught English at Gloversville High School in Gloversville, NY. One of my favorite courses to teach was World Mythology, a senior English elective. I developed the curriculum and had the flexibility to change it as needed when I wished. This is a PDF of the textbook I created for the course.