By Nathaniel Hawthorne
From one among America's maximum writers come those vintage stories of magical creatures and adventures written specifically for kids. listed here are the tales of King Midas, the fellow who was once capable of flip every little thing he touched into gold; Hercules, the best and most powerful hero of all time; the Gorgons, merciless witches with snakes for hair; and plenty of different awesome warriors and evil monsters. comprises "The Gorgon's Head," "The Golden Touch," "The Paradise of Children," "The 3 Golden Apples," "The fabulous Pitchers," and "The Chimaera."
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Spencer and F. J. Gillen, The Arunta, London, 1926, I, p. 388. 34 The Sacred and the Profane and on the other the Achilpa believe it to be the means by which they can communicate with the sky realm. Now, human existence is possible only by virtue of this perma nent communication with the sky. The world of the Achilpa really becomes their world only in proportion as it reproduces the cosmos organized and sanctified by Numbakula. Life is not pos�ible without an opening toward the transcendent ; in other words, human beings cannot live in chaos.
Jacob's ladder) , mountain, tree, vine, etc. ; (d) around this cos· mic axis lies the world ( our world ) , hence the axis is located "in the middle," at the "navel of the earth" ; it is the Center of the World. " They cannot all be mentioned here. Rather, we shall confine our selves to a few examples, taken from various civiliza tions and particularly suited to demonstrate the role of sacred space in the life of traditional societies. Whether that space appears in the form of a sacred precinct, a ceremonial house, a city, a world, we everywhere find the symbolism of the Center of the World ; and it is this symbolism which, in the rnajority of cases, explains re= 38 The Sacred and the Profane ligious behavior in respect to the space m which one lives.
Just as the uni verse unfolds from a center and stretches out toward the four cardinal points, the village comes into existence around an intersection. In Bali, as in some parts of Asia, when a new village is to be built the people look for a natural intersection, where two roads cross at right angles. A square constructed from a central point is an imago mundi. The division of the village into four sections-which incidentally implies a similar division of the community--corresponds to the division of the universe into four horizons.
A Wonder Book: Heroes and Monsters of Greek Mythology (Dover Children's Evergreen Classics) by Nathaniel Hawthorne