In the following, I will be exploring hero mythology from two sides. The first is the effects of culture and common themes that are found throughout the world. Second is the relevance of the hero myth and the role that supernatural aid plays within a particular society. These issues will be explored through the comparison of three myths originating from Celtic Ireland, Japan, and the Cheyenne tribe from the North American Plains, as well as a European fairytale. The major theorists that will be used to explore these ideas are Paul Tillich, Carl Jung, Joseph Campbell, Otto Rank, Joseph Henderson, and Paul Radin. I believe that by using an array of psychologists, theologians, and mythological theorists that the nature and reasons for the way that the hero has been shaped throughout history can be seen.


Kammer III, Charles L.


Religious Studies



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Bachelor of Arts

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Senior Independent Study Thesis



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