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Advanced Ericksonian Hypnosis
DVDRips | MP4/AVC, ~435 kb/s | 832x480 | Duration: 35:46:44 | English: AAC, 132 kb/s (2 ch) | 8.09 GB
Genre: Psychology, Hypnosis

Most people would say that Milton Erickson was the grandfather of Conversational Hypnosis. In his lifetime he pioneered some amazing processes that helped thousands of people to transform their lives. When I taught the Conversational Hypnosis Professional Hypnotherapy Program, people loved the simplicity - and the power - of the method I had created. However many thought that they were coming to an Ericksonian Hypnotherapy training, when in fact my "CHPH" system is different in many ways. Of course people came up and asked about therapeutic storytelling and other classic Ericksonian methods of hypnosis - and I always told them, "You'll have to wait, that's for a specific Advanced Course!"

Well, I am happy to tell you that the Live Advanced Ericksonian Hypnotherapy Certification program was finally taught recently in Amsterdam.

In this program I've combined all my research into Erickson's work - together with my experiences of what I have observed his top students doing with their clients.

Here's a quick taste of what we'll be covering in the Advanced Ericksonian Hypnotherapy training in Sydney, Australia in the new year.

The 5 Minute Hypnotist: this is a simple 3 step process that Erickson used in EVERY induction he did to create powerful trances - this is easy to grasp and it only takes 5 minutes to learn!
How to develop elegant Ericksonian hypnotic language.
How to do a thorough client interview the way Erickson used to do.
How to find powerful resources in places the client never would have thought to look.
How to create the conditions for powerful natural and deep trances to occur - seemingly out of the blue!
How to catch and spot the subtle offers the unconscious mind makes to you that will allow you to guide your clients into profound healing states.
How to use the "Non-Awareness Set" in more sophisticated ways for profound psychological, emotional and even physical healing
How to develop the "H+" state that lets you perform powerful hypnosis without fear - and dramatically deepen it.
Erickson's method for suggesting and using the almost mythical "Deep Trance Phenomena" for powerful changes.
How to use your clients' experiences to develop irresistibly effective hypnotic metaphors.
The different kinds of stories you can tell to allow healing to occur.
How to convert virtually any hypnotic technique into an innocent sounding hypnotic story that has a profound impact on your clients' lives.
How to "hijack" people's naturally occurring trances and turn them into deeply healing experiences.
And of course that's just scratching the surface of what we'll be covering in the Advanced EricksonianHypnotherapy Certification training!
And the best thing is that you do NOT need to have any previous hypnotic experience.

So even a complete novice or beginner will be able to come along and quickly pick up these powerful skills - all you need is to be able to speak English well enough to tell a few simple stories (if your English is not strong enough to have a conversation with someone or to tell a few simple stories, then I am sorry: this training is NOT for you!)

Of course if you have experience with our Conversational Hypnosis Professional Hypnotherapy program (CHPH) that is now taught around the world by certified trainers (and is the GOLD standard of professional hypnotherapy trainings) you'll discover some depths to the Advanced Ericksonian Hypnotherapy training that will complement your CHPH skills and take them to new heights!

This training will be teaching you some VERY advanced concepts, skills and techniques - though I'll be sure to transform everything in my usual way to make sure that everyone finds Advanced EricksonianHypnotherapy:

Easy to learn
Natural to do, and
Effortless to remember
Main Program Consisting Of 28 Information Packed DVDs:

DVD #01: Introduction To Ericksonian Hypnosis And Unconscious Moments
DVD #02: Hypnotic Language, Language Softeners And Priming Phenomena.
DVD #03: Natural Trance Phenomena & Ericksonian Fractionation Revealed
DVD #04: How To Get Hypnotic Phenomena And The Trance Signals Induction.
DVD #05: The Revivification Induction & Dealing With Problematic Revivifications.
DVD #06: How To Revivify Trance Phenomena, Dealing With A Resistant Arm Levitation And The Early Learning Set.
DVD #07: The Unconscious Protector Set And Fractionation Cycles.
DVD #08: "Dr. Unconscious", The Dr. Unconscious Induction and Making Fractionation Even More Profound.
DVD #09: Purposeful Trance Phenomena and Ericksonian Arm Levitations.
DVD #10: Hijacking Inner Dialogues And Dealing With Resistance Or A "Doubting Thomas".
DVD #11: Erickson's Classic Routines And The Memory Lane Induction.
DVD #12: Developing Regression With Erickson's "Imaginary Crystal Ball" Induction.
DVD #13: Erickson's Key "Dreaming Arm" Levitation Revealed Part 1.
DVD #14: "Dreaming Arm" Levitation Revealed Part 2.
DVD #15: How To Overcome Problems Of Denial, Avoidance And Other Defense Mechanisms - Part 1.
DVD #16: How To Overcome Problems of Denial, Avoidance And Other Defense Mechanisms - Part 2.
DVD #17: Precision Language And How To Use Negation The Right Way.
DVD #18: Direct And Covert Ericksonian Conscious/Unconscious Dissociations
DVD #19: Strategic Therapy, "Hidden Talents" And The hidden Talent Induction.
DVD #20: The Key Elements Of All Therapeutic Trances Revealed.
DVD #21: Using The Principles Of Therapeutic Trances In Hypnotherapy
DVD #22: How To Weave Therapeutic Trance Principles With Erickson's Key Processes To Create Powerful Ericksonian Hypnosis.
DVD #23: Ericksonian Strategies And The 6 Trance Skills Revealed
DVD #24: How To Create Simple Hypnotic Stories Easily.
DVD #25: How To Turn Simple Stories Into Killer Ericksonian Stories That Create Lasting Change
DVD #26: How To Apply Ericksonian Hypnotherapy To Physical Healing
DVD #27: Hypnotherapy Practice Dos & Don'ts.
DVD #28: Final Student Demo Putting All That Has Been Learnt Into Practice & Conclusion

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UX & Web Design Master Course: Strategy, Design, Development
MP4 | Video: 1280x720 | 56 kbps | 48 KHz | Duration: 23 Hours | 5.16 GB
Genre: eLearning | Language: English

Learn how to apply User Experience (UX) principles to your website designs, code a variety of sites, and increase sales!

This course will teach you everything you need to know about UX, including design, content, and coding. And you'll learn from the ground up, so it doesn't matter how much experience you have when you start.

You'll be exposed to principles and strategies, but, more importantly, you'll learn how to actually apply these abstract concepts by coding three different websites for three very different audiences.

Improve Your Website with UX Strategies

Apply UX strategies to a site's content & design
Understand Information Architecture to enhance the content on your website
Know what dictates how your website should look
Design and code a B2B website, a B2C blog, and an ecommerce site
Understand UX and Learn How to Develop Winning Websites

This course will help you stand out as a web designer, teaching you how to apply User Experience (UX) strategies that will make every site you build useful, usable, and valuable.

Reinforce what you're learning using the bonus 30-page downloadable UX Guidebook. Filled with exercises and activities, the UX Guidebook is a great tool to reference as you progress through the course, or while developing your own custom sites.

You'll also get hands-on experience designing and coding three different types of sites. This will give you the confidence to pursue similar projects if you're already a website designer, if you want to get into web design, or if you want to enhance your current business site.

Contents and Overview

Even if you're a complete beginner, this course will show you how to make a website functional, attractive and successful. It will walk you through all of the steps required to enhance the User Experience on any site, right down to the code, content, and design.

You'll begin by defining who your website users are and what they expect from the website. You'll also learn how business goals - yours or your client's - have to be uncovered and addressed for site success.

You'll learn what questions to ask both groups, and you'll use the answers to inform your content and design decisions.

Next, you'll dig into Information Architecture (IA), which looks at the content on your website, how you should categorize it, what you should call it, and more.

This will lay the foundation on which you can further build out your website to make users flock to it, stay on it, and hopefully make purchases.

Plus, you'll tackle how to design your website depending upon who your visitors are, whether your website is B2B (business-to-business), B2C (business-to-consumer), or an ecommerce site for selling products online.

Different audiences have different needs, so learning what your target user expects from your site means you'll be able to design and build a site that meets those expectations and leads to greater conversions.

In addition to knowing what you need to put into your website to make it stand out from the crowd, you'll also learn how to identify and remove UX- and UI-related obstacles.

The ability to see and solve these problems will ensure every website you build moving forward will be useful, usable and valuable to the people who use it.

Most importantly, you'll then learn how to actually build and code these types of sites using HTML, CSS, WordPress, and more.

You'll not only know how to effectively design B2B, B2C, and ecommerce sites, but you'll also know exactly how to develop these sites, from start to finish.

By the end of this course, you'll have an in-depth understanding of UX and web design, as well as the tools to develop a variety of sites with the right code.

You'll know why UX is so important to both users and businesses, what content is needed on a site, what UI design is appropriate, and how to transform your vision into a fully functional website using the most effective tools available.

What are the requirements?

Need a willingness to learn!
Adobe Photoshop Free Trial version
Axure RP Free Trial version
What am I going to get from this course?

Over 182 lectures and 23 hours of content!
A clear understanding of the principles and benefits of good UX and how to apply it to your website
A strategy for making sure you know what people need from your website, and what you or your client needs from it in order to succeed
The confidence to know what information should be included in your website, and how to design it to increase conversions
The ability to code a variety of websites with HTML, CSS, WordPress, and other tools
What is the target audience?

New or established business owners who want to gain more from their online presence
Beginners who want to learn UX, web design and/or development
Website designers who want to enhance their skills
Print designers who want to move into web design

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Learn & Master Piano with Will Barrow
56xDVDRip | AVI/XviD, ~1500 kb/s | 720x480 | Duration: 21:35:36 | English: MP3, 160 kb/s (2 ch) | 14.0 GB
5xAudio CDs in MP3 / English: MP3, 128 kb/s (2 ch) | Duration: ~6 Hours | ISBN-10: N/A | ASIN: B004BO8JAO | 2010
PDF Workbook
Genre: Piano Lessons

The Learn & Master Piano Home School Edition is a Complete 2-Year Piano Curriculum Designed for Home Study. It consists of 14 professionally produced DVDs. Video Demonstration The fourteen DVDs contained in Learn & Master Piano are really the heart of this course. Each lesson is clearly explained and demonstrated, so your students know exactly what and how to practice. The Teacher's Resource DVD in this Home School Edition allows you to keep the student on track even if you don't know music yourself. Printed Materials The Learn & Master Piano Lesson Workbook contains all of the songs and exercises demonstrated in the video lessons, so your students can continue practicing at their own pace for as long as they need, before moving on to the next lesson.

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Liam McRae - How to get her sexually invested in seduction
3xHDRip | AVI/FMP4, ~4292 kb/s | 1280x720 | Duration: 03:00:54 | English: AAC, 160 kb/s (2 ch) | 5.69 GB
Genre: Dating, Relationship, Sex

Workshop on how to get her sexually invested and chasing you into the bedroom by unleashing her inner sexuality with your own sexual archetype by Liam McRae.

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Ryan Deiss - Digital Marketing Mastery
WEBRip | English | MP4 + PDF Guides + work files | 640 x 360 | AVC ~800 kbps | 29.970 fps
AAC | 128 Kbps | 44.1 KHz | 2 channel | ~50 hours | 23.97 GB
Genre: eLearning Video / Business, Sales, Marketing

Become a Highly Paid, Highly Sought-After Marketing Professional.In Only 10 Weeks Marketing Has Changed. Once upon a time, businesses could rely on their local Yellow Page, newspaper, or radio ad rep to drive new leads and clients through their doors. And if they offered a valuable product or service and treated their customers with respect, their business would grow. Those days are long gone.

Today, businesses are forced to navigate dozens of different channels to both acquire and communicate with new customers and existing customers, and needless to say..

..they can't do it alone.

That's where YOU come in.

Today, companies need skilled marketing professionals who are able to:

- Leverage new media channels such as Facebook, Google, Twitter and YouTube to acquire new customers and clients.
- Architect "conversion funnels" that seamlessly and subtly convert strangers into leads, leads into customers and customers into raving fans.
- Establish a "value first" content marketing strategy that enhances brand authority and generates free, organic traffic.
- Build and monetize large email subscriber lists without resorting to spammy tactics.
- Engage with customers via social channels such Facebook and Twitter to grow a brand's reach and credibility.
- Optimize search networks like Google, Amazon, Pinterest and Yelp, so the brand can both be found and accurately represented..
- Track and measure the key metrics that matter, so decisions can be based on data, not hunches.
- Run split-tests that improve conversion rates and reduce acquisition costs over time.

And by the end of this class, you'll possess all of these skills, and so much more.


Each week for 10 weeks you will master a new digital marketing discipline. Along the way you'll complete "Mini-Projects," get instructor feedback and receive Specialist Certifications after successful completion of each unit exam. Here's how each week will break down.

UNIT 1: Introduction To Digital Marketing Strategy

Before you can begin promoting any business, there are important questions that need to be answered, namely: Who is my customer? What's the value we bring? And, what's the best way to reach them? In this opening unit, we'll answer all three of these questions, and outline the "Customer Journey" so you can articulate the role your brand plays in it. We'll also determine which of the 3 available marketing goals your brand will pursue FIRST, so you can deploy a FOCUSES marketing strategy the right way, the first time.

UNIT 2: Conversion Funnels and Customer Value Optimization

Most businesses have some sort of "funnel" for generating leads and converting those leads into paying customers, but very few have a truly OPTIMIZED funnel that maximizes immediate average order value while simultaneously reducing overall acquisition costs. That's where you come in. In this unit, you'll learn how to architect a "conversion funnel" that gives businesses exactly what they want:

MORE customers, that are MORE valuable, all while spending LESS to acquire them.

UNIT 3: Content Marketing Mastery

Content marketing isn't an "optional extra". It's an essential aspect of any modern digital marketing strategy. In this unit, you'll learn our "Value First" content plan that transforms ice cold prospects at the top of the funnel (TOFU) into loyal buyers of even
your most expensive products and services at the bottom of the funnel (BOFU). You'll also learn how to leverage "other people's content" to generate free, organic leads while simultaneously building your brand's value and authority.

UNIT 4: Paid Traffic and Customer Acquisition Mastery

Companies today must have scalable traffic campaigns that produce new, qualified customers from scratch if they want consistent growth. In this unit, you'll gain the skills you need to help brands and businesses leverage paid traffic channels such Google, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other demand-gen platforms to grow their customer base without breaking the bank.

UNIT 5: Email Marketing and List-Building Mastery

Email marketing consistently generates highest ROI of any marketing activity, but sadly most businesses are doing it wrong (or ignoring it completely). In this unit you'll learn the three types of email campaigns and how and WHEN to use them. You'll also learn how to architect the perfect promotional calendar, and how to use automated email marketing to literally "sell while you sleep." By the time you finish this unit, you'll be able to effectively monetize any email list list, while simultaneously increasing engagement with your subscribers.

UNIT 6: Social and Community Management

Thanks to an ever-changing social landscape, consumers have altered the way they voice criticism and praise, find and consume information, and, most importantly, they have changed the way they buy. Successful brands must learn to adapt to these changes, and put plans and processes in place to listen, influence, network and sell in this environment. In this unit, you'll learn to assess business goals and employ sound social media marketing practices to meet those goals. You'll also be trained on the most up-to-date social media marketing practices that work TODAY, and will continue to work TOMORROW.

UNIT 7: Search Marketing Mastery

With all the "noise" in the world today, it's critical that brands and business get found when a customer or prospect is looking for them. It's also critical that your brand is shown in a positive light when the right person is looking for a solution that YOU
provide. And that's exactly what you'll learn how to do in this unit. You'll learn how to leverage search channels such as Google, Amazon and even local channels such as Yelp to ensure that your brand gets found.and that when it's found the message your prospects see is a positive one.

UNIT 8: Marketing Analytics and Data Science

Are your decisions driven by data or hunches? Logic.or fear? In this unit, you'll learn how to setup a basic analytics plan, and determine the key metrics that your brand needs to track on a daily, weekly and monthly basis. You'll also learn how to setup simple dashboards that alert your brand to potential problems and opportunities BEFORE it's too late.

UNIT 9: Testing and Conversion Optimization

Conversion Rate Optimization and Split Testing are two of the most identifiable marketing tactics in the industry today. Unfortunately most marketers claim to be doing CRO, but are merely relying on hacks and tricks. In this unit, you'll learn a
repeatable process that increases converting actions from the traffic you already have by leveraging assets you've already created. In short, you'll be able to produce immediate results.making you immediately valuable to any business or brand.

UNIT 10: Final Project (OPTIONAL)

Congrats.you're done! Or are you? This is the week where you get to decide to go for your CDMP (Certified Digital Marketing Professional) designation. You'll be assigned a simple, but appropriately-difficult project with a one-week deadline. Your assignment: Build a complete digital marketing plan for a mock brand. Your project will be reviewed and graded by your instructors, and upon successful completion you will be awarded with the Certified Digital Marketing Professional designation

Price: $2995
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War, Peace, and Power: Diplomatic History of Europe, 1500-2000
36xDVDRip | AVI/XviD, ~881 kb/s | 640x480 | Duration: 18:35:54 | English: MP3, 128 kb/s (2 ch) | + PDF Book | 8.56 GB
Genre: History

For much of the past five centuries, the history of the European continent has been a history of chaos, its civilization thrown into turmoil by ferocious wars or bitter religious conflicts-sometimes in combination-that have made and remade borders, created and eliminated entire nations, and left a legacy that is still influencing our world.

Is there an explanation for this chaos that goes beyond the obvious: political ambition, religious intolerance, the pursuit of state power, or the fear of another state's aspirations? Can we discover a hidden logic that could possibly explain the Thirty Years' War, the Napoleonic Wars, two World Wars, and other examples of national bloodletting? Is it possible to formulate a meaningful rationale against which to order a history as tumultuous as Europe's, gaining insights that enrich our understanding of Europe's past and future, and perhaps even of ours as well?

In War, Peace, and Power: Diplomatic History of Europe, 1500-2000, Professor Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius answers these questions and more as he offers everyone interested in the "why" of history a remarkable look into the evolution of the European continent and the modern state system. In 36 provocative lectures, he allows us to peer through the revealing lens of statecraft to show us its impact on war, peace, and power and how that impact may well be felt in the future-an approach that historians have been using for thousands of years.

"Diplomatic history is one of the oldest varieties of historical analysis," Professor Liulevicius notes. "Indeed, it's sometimes traced back all the way to Thucydides and the vision that he offered of Greek state interaction and politics.

"Diplomatic history offers a tremendously powerful intellectual tool to understand how states relate to one another. Because states are still relating with one another today, it is of undiminished relevance for our own times. .

"As we conclude our course, we'll be able to ask, 'Where is Europe headed today, and what implications will follow for the world at large?' as we survey what had begun as a European state system [but which] has now become a global system of states in international politics."

Learn How Europe's Most Pivotal Moments Shaped History

Far more than just a history of ambassadorial missions and other diplomatic efforts, this course re-creates Europe's most pivotal historical moments-in the context of their times-showing how contemporary pressures and historical precedent combined to influence individuals, governments, structures, and even non-state organizations.

These events would happen not only on history's bloodiest battlefields but also in quieter settings where so many of the factors that would govern Europe's future would be set into place:

You'll see how the 1648 Treaty of Westphalia, negotiated at the first great diplomatic conference of modern times, not only brought to a close the ordeal of the Thirty Years' War but also overthrew existing ideals and claims of universal authority to create the European system of independent sovereign states, setting into motion new concepts of international law that would codify the new politics of power.
You'll experience the dawn of Europe's "classical balance of power," as the 1815 Congress of Vienna-amidst the exuberance and glitter of great balls and banquets-responds to the defeat of Napoleon with its creation of the so-called Concert of Europe, a new order opposed to revolution and based on conservative solidarity that would keep Europe from general war for nearly a century.
And you'll be in Paris in 1919 for the aftermath of the shattering of the Concert of Europe, as the victorious allies gather to draft a comprehensive Paris Settlement-including the Treaty of Versailles-meant to build a new and lasting European order on the ruins of the old.

Each of these key points on history's timeline represents an attempt to establish a lasting idea of order in the European world, a task with which Europe's states have been wrestling since the birth of modern diplomacy in Renaissance Italy.


Foundations of Diplomacy
Europe in 1500-Ancient and New Monarchies
Renaissance Statecraft in Italy
Religion and Empire
The Thirty Years' War
The Peace of Westphalia, 1648-A New Era
French Superpower
The Great Powers
Northern Earthquake
18th-Century Competition
Napoleon's Glory and Defeat
The Congress of Vienna
The Concert of Europe System
Eastern and Western Questions
The Challenge of 1848 and Napoleon III
Britain's Empire
The Crimean War
Italian Unification
German Unification
The Bismarckian System
High Imperialism
The Reconfigured World of 1900
Balkan Instability
The Outbreak of World War I
World War I-Total War
The Paris Settlement
Interwar Europe
Europe into Crisis
World War II
Aftermath and Peace Plans
The Cold War Begins
Blocs and Decolonization
The European Project
The Fall of the Wall
Post-Cold War to the Present

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Great Mythologies of the World
60xWEBRip | English | MP4 | 856 x 480 | AVC ~900 kbps | 30 fps
AAC | 122 kbps | 44.1 KHz | 2 channels | 31:45:58 | 13.7 GB
Genre: eLearning / Mythology, History, Morality

Mythology has provided fascinating and thrilling stories that are central to our lives, even today. The deep-seeded origins and wide-reaching lessons of ancient myths built the foundation for our modern-day legacies. Serving as entertainment, a means to bond, a way to pass along history, and as vessels for important lessons, morals, and rules, myths are prevalent in every civilization worldwide.

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In Great Mythologies of the World, you'll travel through space and time to access some of the greatest myths in history from Europe, the Americas, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. You'll examine what makes these famous stories so important, distinctive, and able to withstand the test of time. You'll also discover how, despite geographical implausibilities, many myths from across the oceans share themes, morals, and archetypes.

Four esteemed professors, each a renowned expert in their fields, will transport you to exotic locations and ancient civilizations in this 60-lecture series. You'll become immersed in the geographies and cultures each section features, aided by dazzling visuals, images, photos, maps, and graphics. This course is a feast for the eyes and the mind.

Dr. Kathryn McClymond, Chair and Professor of the Department of Religious Studies at Georgia State University, kicks off your journey. She highlights different aspects of the classic Western myths you may have heard of, and introduces you to a world of mythology that may be new to you. Author of two books and numerous academic articles, Professor McClymond is an ideal guide to lead you through the epic battles and vengeful gods of Europe, the Middle East, and South Asia.

Dr. Julius H. Bailey, Professor of Religion at the University of Redlands, then guides you through the complex and fascinating world of African mythology. Professor Bailey is a sought-after expert in the fields of African mythology and African-American religious history.

Then travel to Asia and the islands of the Pacific Ocean with Dr. Robert André LaFleur, Professor of History and Anthropology at Beloit College. The mythologies of Asia and the Pacific are vibrant and eloquent, and you won't find a better guide than Professor LaFleur. His current work combines historical research using Chinese, Japanese, and Korean sources with anthropological fieldwork on each of China's five sacred mountains.

You'll conclude your global journey in the Americas, studying folklore and mythology of north and central American indigenous people, led by Dr. Grant L. Voth, Professor Emeritus at Monterey Peninsula College. Professor Voth is the author of more than 30 articles and books and a popular Great Courses professor.

Ancient Europe

Epic battles between titanic gods. Perilous quests for lost treasures and the comfort of home. Magical items imbued with the power to protect-and destroy. The great myths of ancient Europe are a treasure trove of stories that have transfixed us for thousands of years.

But whether it's the near-impossible labors of the ancient Greek hero Herakles, the violent founding of Rome by the wolf-raised brothers Romulus and Remus, or the cosmic exploits of the hammer-wielding Norse thunder god Thor, there's so much more to ancient Europe's myths than just entertainment and wonder. When looked at closely, these tales actually open wide windows on the cultures that produced them. They reveal how ancient Greeks, Romans, Scandinavians, and other European civilizations:

saw themselves in relation to the natural and cosmic world;
gave direction, value, and purpose to their everyday lives;
made sense of social, historical, and philosophical concerns; and even
laid the narrative groundwork for the future of Western literature.

"Rich myth traditions are like the land under an important historical site," says Professor Kathryn McClymond, an expert in religion and narrative at Georgia State University. "Careful archaeology reveals layer after layer of human experience, reflecting everything from a king's lofty dreams to a common woman's daily routine."

Now, in Great Mythologies of the World: Ancient Europe, join this renowned expert for an extended dig into the deepest layers of Western myths, legends, and folktales. Over the span of 12 fascinating lectures, you'll dive into entertaining stories of warriors, gods, monarchs, and monsters with an eye toward capturing why these particular stories are so critical to our understanding of the distant past, and why they still speak to our lives today-long after the civilizations that produced them have disappeared. As vibrant and engaging as the myths they explore, Professor McClymond's lectures offer new insights into the creation stories of Western civilization.

Gods, Heroes, Magic, and More

How was the world created, and who was responsible for creating it? How were great empires born and nurtured? Why are certain spiritual beliefs held and rituals practiced? In essence: Why do we live the way we do? Myths are the tools ancient cultures used to answer these and other profound existential questions, and in this course you'll explore some of the greatest stories the Greeks, Romans, and Europeans told in an effort to make sense of the world.

Each lecture of Great Mythologies of the World: Ancient Europe focuses on a particular myth or series of mythological ideas. Professor McClymond, with storytelling prowess that makes these lectures a delight to listen to, transports you back in time and allows you to experience for yourself the excitement and drama of these wildly entertaining stories. But you'll do more than just enjoy the content of these myths; you'll get a historian's understanding of how they shaped and influenced daily life for the people who saw them as more than just tall tales.

Prometheus's daring theft: The tale of Prometheus stealing fire from the Greek gods is one of several that, more than others, demonstrates just how intertwined are the fates of gods and men in ancient Greek thought. You'll investigate how different versions of the story cast Prometheus as a liberator of men-or just a hot-tempered troublemaker.
Jason's epic quest: Come to see the voyage of Jason and the Argonauts as a somewhat darker, more melancholic version of Odysseus's journey back to Ithaca; one that reflects the rise of Roman rule in ancient Greece. Rather than thinking of Jason as just another hero, you'll learn to see him as the hero that could have been but never was.
Odin's great sacrifice: At the top of the Norse pantheon is Odin: a judge, a shaman, and a fighter constantly driven by his desire to overcome evil. What was gained by his dramatic self-sacrifice on the cosmic tree Yggdrasil, and how did it solidify his role as "All-Father" and leader of other Norse gods (including the best-known of them, Thor)?
Dagda's magic harp: Irish mythology is often overshadowed by that of ancient Greece and Rome, but it contains a plethora of fantastic adventures and characters. Among the ones you'll explore is the myth of Dagda, a warrior from an ancient race of beings whose magical oak harp could cause people to behave in particular ways, and could even order the seasons.

If you're familiar with some of these myths, prepare to think about them in new ways. If these are new to you, you'll quickly understand why they still endure.

A Foundation for Further Exploration

Great Mythologies of the World: Ancient Europe is designed, above all, to give you a comprehensive understanding of how myths relate to human experience. Professor McClymond takes care to ground each of the great myths she covers in well-rounded detail: citing the literary and oral traditions behind them, pondering contradictory accounts and differing variations, and stressing the cultural legacies these ancient perspectives have in contemporary music, literature, and film.

So whether you're learning about

the connective tissues between Persephone and Pandora,
the evolution of the "mother goddess" in various mythological traditions, or
the Stone of Fal and other magical treasures from Celtic folktales,

you're always in the hands of an instructor attuned to the power and importance of myth on the human experience.

"It's hard not to feel we've just barely scratched the surface," Professor McClymond says of her course. "But we've laid a foundation that will enable you to explore further ancient Greek, Roman, and European myth traditions."

The Middle East and South Asia

No true understanding of world mythology-its deep-seated origins, its wide-reaching stories, its modern-day legacies-is complete without an understanding of Middle Eastern and South Asian mythology. In fact, most of what makes these myths so important is just how distinctive they are.

Unlike their Western counterparts, meaning-making stories from Babylon, Egypt, Persia, India, and other countries are defined by:

more fluid interactions between the everyday and the divine,
a more potent sense of place and a connection with specific landscapes,
an abiding tension between the wilderness and civilization, and
a stronger emphasis on how gender and power shape social roles.

It's the distinct personality of myths from this part of the world, and their relative unfamiliarity to those of us in the West, that make them so fascinating to explore. And in Great Mythologies of the World: The Middle East and South Asia, renowned Professor Kathryn McClymond of Georgia State University guides you through some of the most important tales. Focusing specifically on stories that blur the line between myth, history, religion, and philosophy, Professor McClymond's 12 lectures offer a stirring look at the role mythology plays in this part of the world. How have stories from the Ramayana, One Thousand and One Nights, and more shaped both individuals and entire social movements? What can the adventures of Egyptian gods, Old Testament everymen, and ancient Persian princes tell us about how life was lived in these parts of the world? What do they share with other myths from the East and West? More than just introducing you to the region's great myths, this highly entertaining course takes you deep inside the mindset of places and times in history foreign to many of us.

Ancient Myths-From the Short to the Epic

From short tales to epic poems five times the length of Homer's Iliad, mythological tales from the Middle East and Asia offer you the chance to plunge into unfamiliar worlds and discover the heart and soul of how ancient people lived, felt, and interpreted their societies. Featuring a cast of troubled heroes, vengeful gods, all-powerful rulers, warring princes, and mysterious spirits, these exciting lectures help you navigate myths that thrived during the glories of the Babylonian Empire, the reign of the Egyptian pharaohs, the time of the Buddha, and more.

The epic of Gilgamesh: Why has the Babylonian hero story of an ancient king, his companion, and their battles with ogres and seductive goddesses endured for over 4,000 years? What can we learn by going back to the five ancient poems that serve as this epic's foundation?
The Ramayana: One of the greatest epics of Indian culture is the Ramayana ("the doings of Ram"), and Professor McClymond reveals how the title hero's challenges in becoming king of an ancient town are, in truth, an extended morality tale about the Hindu virtue of obedience.
The Book of Kings: Mixing history and fiction, The Book of Kings (Shahnameh) is best read as an anthology of Iran's kings and heroes-with some liberties allowed to include magical creatures and powers in its depiction of ancient Persia's mythical, heroic, and historical ages.
Tales from The Arabian Nights: Discover how the adventures of Sindhbad the Sailor, Aladdin, Ali Baba, and other treasured stories from the elaborately constructed One Thousand and One Nights sparked themes and motifs that would reappear in later European fairy tales.

Along with these and other myths, you'll examine stories that can also be read as myths, even though we're more likely to think of them as religious or philosophical texts. Among them:

the Book of Job, which, when looked at from a mythological perspective, challenges us to rethink our place in the world (and our suffering) by viewing it from a cosmic perspective;
the teachings of the Buddha, which spread so widely throughout India, Sri Lanka, China, and Japan that its mythological teachings began to reflect distinctive elements of each culture; and
the lives of the pharaohs, whose mythological aspects (even embedded in their royal titles) tended to hammer home their divine right to sustain order in ancient Egypt.

Discover the Joy of Cultural Storytelling

With the same captivating storytelling powers and intellectual insights that have earned her numerous teaching accolades (including Georgia State University's College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Teaching Award), Professor McClymond brings familiar and unfamiliar stories to vivid life. Her knowledge of world mythology is superb, and her wonder at how early communities explained the world and imparted knowledge is undeniably contagious.

With Great Mythologies of the World: The Middle East and South Asia, you'll fill a critical gap in your understanding of how human civilizations have relied on mythology-regardless of where they emerge. And in the process, you'll also discover the sheer joy of imaginative cultural storytelling.


No course on world mythology is complete without considering the stories of Africa. While you may be familiar with some of the more well-known characters such as the spider Anansi, Great Mythologies of the World: Africa will explore a plethora of lesser-known characters and tales that seem remarkably familiar because the themes and lessons have permeated through great myths worldwide. Discover the fascinating variety and complexity of African myths, and meet the rich cultures that produced them.

The Mother of All Mythology

You could consider African myths as the mother of all mythology, as many of the African stories date back centuries before the better-known myths of Greek and Rome. Although initially maligned as "primitive," African mythology is overflowing with the types of brave heroes, beautiful maidens, fearsome battles, mischievous tricksters, and captivating tales of triumph and heartbreak that are the foundation for all of the dramatic stories, fairytales, and fables we know and love today. Ripe with deep thought and cherished ideals of civilization, African mythology has had a profound impact on how our world has come to be.

Explore how African mythology shares, and likely inspired, many of the themes found in myths worldwide. Origin stories, tricksters, tales of vengeance, and other well-known patterns woven through the tapestry of stories worldwide can be traced back to some of the first known myths from Africa. We'll look in depth at Africa's great epic tradition, and how the dramatic and powerful stories were actually performed. In addition to examining how African storytelling inspired myths across nations and centuries, even up to our modern-day soap operas, we'll also compare characters, stories, and themes from all over the continent, including myths of the Soninke people of West Africa, the Maasai of Kenya in the East, the Berbers of Algeria and Morocco in the North, and the San people of Africa's South.

Humanity and Gods

The relationship between humanity and the gods in African mythology is complex. While the same fundamental questions about life exist across each society, their understandings of the nature of gods tends to govern the answers that appear in their stories. In some African myths, the creator god or spirits initially have a close relationship with humanity, but later distance themselves from their creations. In other stories, the creator remains aloof or distant from the start. The way in which the sacred pervades everyday life in African cultures makes people's relationship with the divine especially immediate, intimate, and powerful, but as we'll see, that doesn't mean that the relationship is free of tension and conflict.

Although the supreme creator god in African religions is usually remote from humanity, lesser divinities are often heavily involved in human affairs. In this course, you'll examine the wide range of African deities, from the fierce and vengeful god Shango of the Yoruba people, to the kindly Baganda goddess Nambi, who marries a mortal, to the mysterious and unpredictable djinn who appear in tales from Africa's north. The interactions between African gods and mortals express many different ways of conceiving of the relationship between mortal life and the divine.

How African Myths Address the "Big" Questions

African mythology, like the myths of most peoples, reflects a deep concern with death, raising questions that seem common to all humanity: Why do we have to die? Do we deserve death? Can we bring back our lost loved ones? In myths concerning death, some of African mythology's greatest wisdom and most striking imagery are on display. As in the Bible, many African myths tell of a brief period after creation when human beings enjoyed immortality. Invariably, though, something occurs that destroys that idyllic situation-often, human disobedience. In this way, the stories seem to serve at least partly to underscore the importance of following divine instructions and adhering carefully to communal law. To grasp the meaning of much of African mythology and place it in proper context, we need to understand the religious cosmology within which African myths developed and the perspectives on the world that shaped them. However, phenomenal diversity exists among African religions, even now that Christianity and Islam are firmly rooted on the continent. Further, Westerners may have difficulty making sense of African religious beliefs because African societies tends to blur the boundaries between the secular and the sacred in ways that Western religions do not. Nevertheless, we can identify a number of attributes in African cosmology that can serve as guideposts in our explorations.

The Hero's Quest: An Everlasting Theme

In African mythology, as in myths around the world, it's not uncommon to find characters traveling to the land of the dead to face an ultimate challenge and experiencing a transformation as a result. One genre of myths focuses on the deeds of culture heroes-usually male figures who are said to have played key roles in the founding of societies or who otherwise distinguished themselves in their peoples' past. Although it's often impossible to know whether a particular culture hero ever existed, such stories offer tantalizing hints at how certain societies may have taken shape. And fact-based or not, they inevitably capture something essential about the characters of the societies that tell them. Explore a number of culture hero stories, ranging from those that are probably highly fictionalized to those that seem much more historically plausible.

Asia and the Pacific

The sun goddess, Amaterasu, has hidden herself from the world, and must be coaxed back by the spirit of unbridled joy. After a terrible flood, a sister and brother must rely upon their animal companions to make a perilous journey to bring back life-preserving fire. The herd boy and the weaving maiden, star-crossed lovers, must wait until the seventh day of the seventh month to reunite, the one day each year that they may spend together. These and many other intriguing tales are explored in Great Mythologies of the World: Asia and the Pacific, a compelling journey through Eastern mythologies. Your guide is Professor Robert LaFleur, an award-winning Professor of History and Anthropology at Beloit College in Wisconsin.

The mythologies of East Asia and the Pacific contain an astonishing array of cultural and historical themes. The variety among them is influenced by differences in geography, history, and means of transmission from one generation to the next. For example, the highly complex cultures that created thousands of years of written tradition in mainland China had different challenges and resources from people who lived comparatively unstructured lives on coral atolls in the Pacific and were guided by oral traditions for millennia. Despite these differences, there are also overarching motifs that appear again and again across centuries and vast distances, linking these traditions together.

Society and Sacrifice in a Watery World

The three most significant and ubiquitous themes in these myths are social networks, sacrifice, and the omnipresence of water. From China's Yellow River Valley to the vast Pacific Ocean surrounding Japan, Australia, and the islands comprising Polynesia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Micronesia, and Melanesia; and from the ice and snow of Korea to the cross-cultural conception of the Milky Way as a great river across the sky, water is everywhere, in daily life and in the stories of these civilizations. The importance of effective and cooperative social structure in surviving this watery world is underscored time and again:

in the Chinese stories of Fu Xi and other early culture heroes, who teach early humans to descend from the trees and make fire and other tools;
in the Hawaiian stories of Ku and Hina working together to provide and secure bountiful seas and fertile fields to feed their hungry people;
in the Melanesian tale of Qat's instructions to his brothers on how to accustom themselves to his gift of the rhythms of night and day.

The idea that self-sacrifice is sometimes required to create something valuable or to save others is another prevalent theme throughout the region:

in the myth of the cosmic spider of Micronesia, the worm that lifts the vault of heaven dies of exertion;
in the story of Shennong, Chinese god of agriculture, who creates for his people a catalog of safe and hazardous foods, poisoning himself over and over in the process;
even in children's stories, such as the tale of a snowman that throws itself onto a fire to save its creators.

Points of Divergence and Convergence with World Traditions

An important factor to consider when studying mythology is the method of transmission from generation to generation: are these stories part of an oral tradition, were they originally recited and then recorded late in their history, or are they part of an ancient written tradition? Like many parts of Europe, South Asia, and the Middle East, China has a written history extending back for millennia, and this history includes foundational myths. Korea and Japan also have mythological accounts that are hundreds of years old, but an enormous amount of time passed between the original telling of the myths and when they were first recorded. These collections were written in classical Chinese and were deeply influenced by waves of cultural borrowing from China, leading to questions of how original Korean and Japanese elements may be separated from Chinese influence. In Micronesia, Polynesia, Melanesia, Indonesia, and Australia, the question of cultural authenticity is even more fraught; every word we hear about their ancient tales was written down in Western languages, by missionaries, anthropologists, traders, and colonial officials. None of these societies created a system of writing, so their mythology had been made up of a constantly regenerating oral tradition. All of these vibrant, constantly evolving myths were written down, and sometimes profoundly altered, by outsiders, and they became frozen in time. This situation is also common in many parts of Africa and the Americas.

There are also insights to be gained in comparing common thematic elements. Some of the central questions found in the mythology of Europe and the Americas do not seem to be nearly as important to the cultures here. For example, many Asian and Pacific origin stories begin with the world already in place, moving right along to issues of how people gained tools and created societies. A Western audience might wonder who created the world, and where the people come from, but these myths focus on how human institutions and technology were carved from the raw, inchoate, dangerous material of nature. From this region, only Japan's tales of Izanagi and Izanami follow the Western tradition of creating solid land from amorphous matter. On the other hand, repair of the world, and the sky in particular, is a theme that occurs all across Asia and the Pacific: pillars, snails, worms, and deities all are depicted as pushing up a low heaven over an inhabited earth, and after that push, the world starts to look more like our own. This theme of sky repair is also found in African mythology.

Mythology all over the world is a linking of disparate ideas-already present in social and cultural life-that is then patched together by a storyteller in various kinds of innovation, creating something new and often profound. The dynamics of written and oral traditions, as well as the watery world of the Pacific and notions of social order and sacrifice, dominate these intriguing myths.

The Americas

When we consider the "Great Myths of Western Civilization," we tend to initially consider the Greek and Roman gods, and all the many fascinating and epic stories that came out of this canon. It may be surprising to learn that the Americas are also steeped in a rich history of mythologies, although we tend to use a different vernacular to describe them.

There are thousands of fables and folklore stories told by hundreds of peoples spread across North, Central, and South America that have endured the test of time. The Penobscot, Cherokee, Blackfoot, Natchez, Seminole, Hopi, Inuit, Huron, and others were geographically diverse, yet they spun stories with astonishingly similar details and themes. These fables performed all the same functions that myths do across the world: they help address fundamental questions such as where do we come from, how did we get here, what is the world like, and what do we need to do to survive.

Commonalities across the Lands

Despite differences in location and cultures, there are values and ideas that span the scope of Native American stories. Great Mythologies of the World: The Americas takes a deep dive into the commonalities and differences that were found in these widespread mythologies, including:

The notion that nature is sacred, and the tradition of animism (the idea that everything is both alive and holy), is a theme that permeates stories from all over the continents. This worldview is strikingly different from our own modern thought, and provides us with an opportunity to reframe the way we conceptualize the relationship between humans, animals, plants, and even landforms like mountains and rivers.
Creation stories, which are divided into "earth-diver" and "emergence" myths. The former conceive of the world beginning as a primordial sea, with creatures diving to the bottom to bring up mud to form the earth. The latter envision a series of worlds stacked on top of each other beneath the surface of the earth, with creatures from the bottom levels climbing higher and becoming more humanlike as they ascend.
The archetype of the Trickster, who isn't really evil-just thoughtless, impulsive, and self-serving. However, the Trickster is often also a cultural hero and provides significant contributions to creation.

The role that the oral history of the Native American myths played, and continues to play, is an important part of how we understand the cultures today. Stories were told over and over, through centuries, and were passed down to children to teach values and traditions. This tradition means that the same story told by five different tellers in different situations results in five different stories. Much like a fossil of a paw print, we have the idea of what the animal might look like based on the impression, but we have nothing of the animal itself. The versions we know happened to be collected, translated, and recorded by anthropologists, which may also account for some of the inconsistencies in detail. Looking at multiple versions of the same story and comparing the details can provide insight into which aspects of culture are most important or most solidly fixed, and which aspects might be less important or more fluid. As Professor Voth states, "Each myth brings us closer to a more comprehensive and inclusive conception of what it meant and what it means to be human."

Meet a Diverse Cast of Characters

Each section is organized by ecological or geographical region. You'll travel from the Arctic and northern forest regions, to eastern woodlands, the Southeast, the Plains, and the Southwest. This course also explores myths of the Maya and Aztecs from Mesoamerica and the Inca of the Andes region of South America. Each lecture focuses on the types of myth that characterize these nations and the values manifest in them. As you travel across the nation, you'll meet enriching characters including:

Awonawilona: The All-Father of the Zuni, who contains everything within himself and generated Earth Mother and Sky Father, who then shaped the world.

Bear Woman
: Figure who appears frequently in the stories of Northwest Native Americans. In one version told by the Haida (from the islands off the coast of British Columbia and Alaska), her name is Rhpisunt.

Buffalo Woman
: Figure in a myth of the Arikara who shows a young man how to transform the buffalo people into real animals.

: A creator, culture hero, and trickster in the myths of several Native American peoples, including the Crow, the Navajo, the Hopi, and others.

: Figure associated with the Iroquois Confederacy. In some stories, he becomes a cannibal who is rescued by Deganawida.

: Hunch-backed flute player; he is a fertility god who dates back to the time of the Anasazi.

: Culture hero of the Inuit, as well as a trickster in many stories from the American Northwest. He has the ability to transform himself from a bird into a man.

: One of the oldest gods in Mesoamerica, he is found in virtually every culture in the region. His name means "Plumed Serpent."

With every stop on this journey, you'll be treated to fascinating stories, review parallels to other creation and Bible stories, and learn how every set of mythologies has been integrated and adopted to newcomers and the passage of time.

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