The list author says: "As a true star gazer, I enjoy studying the night sky--with just my eyes, with my binoculars, and with my telescopes. In addition to these views, I love to explore the mythology, folklore, and legends that deal with sky objects like the planets, the sun, the Pleiades, the moon, the constellations. I love fantasy stories, fiction, and music based on sky themes and Earth / sky lore and objects. I also enjoy sharing my discoveries with others--friends, family, classes I teach, etc.
I created this list in the hopes of sharing some of the cool, inspiring resources that I have found on Amazon in the areas of Star Myths & Lore! Perhaps fellow star-gazers (and their children!) will find the list helpful for locating satisfying items for their home collections / libraries--stuff that's ready for those cloudy nights when we can't see the stars. Perhaps educators will enjoy viewing a little catalog of resources to enhance their classes and presentations.
Note: I am an avid, art-loving, music-craving reader who enjoys everything from the simplest picture book to a thought-provoking, fully professional treatise from the field of astronomy. So, this eclectic list will included a variety of products for a variety of ages and stages. The beauty of it is that visitors can pick and choose from the items that catch their interest.
Myths, Music, and Sky Let me offer a few song titles that are related to the topics we are discussing:
The Arms of Orion by Prince When You Wish Upon A Star (classic Disney Favorite Song by various artists) La Luna by Sarah Brightman Hunter's Twilight by R. Carlos Nakai & William Eaton Song for the Morning Star by R. Carlos Nakai Sun / Stardancing / Silver Moon Woods by Llewellyn [Check out Moonlore album] Under the Stars (The Lion King) Paint the Sky with Stars by Enya The Rhythm of the World by Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer Starlight by Stephanie Mills Moonlight Shadow (various artists) Anasazi Stardance (Pure Moods album)"
"This is a great little anthology that honors diversity as well as myths, legends, and lore. It would make a great supplemental text to any humanities course that deals with myth and / or culture. It might also spark some interest in Earth preservation and environment in some readers."
"Understanding the need for myth in the human experience! A scholarly look at myths intimate relationship with people. I thoroughly enjoyed this book because it challenged me to look at ancient myths in new ways."
"Light & Freedom. I absolutely love this book. It's a great tale, and it includes a glossary of terms in the back. Great for children, especially little girls who like the female character and her adventure."
"Contains a few pages on the "New Sciences" Alchemy and Astrology! Describes Aristotle's view of the heavens and Copernicus' view of the heavens. May appeal to some and turn others off...But I loved it."
"Heavy on folklore, legends, myth not necessarily related to sky objects. Some info about Shamans of the world; briefest bit of stargazing called "starcraft." A strange, but interesting book. May appeal to some and turn others off...I enjoyed it."