>to go into schools to talk about myth,legend, and traditional
>stories..more and more people are finding meaning again in these things,
.... so now perhaps fantasy, so long an
>undercurrent, is coming up to reinvigorate a society which has exhausted
>itself through modernism
This is exactly what I am going to do this year for the first time.
Although I often feel my culture (western and American) is in twilight, it
in these times of twilight where people come out of insularity and are
recognize others in the world, their habits and customs, etc. So I believe
people are interested. They teach mythology as an elective here. Too bad
required. They ought to teach comparative religion of some kind, and
let students view various religions at the high school level.
This year I am doing myths, fairy tales, folklore that have to do with the
soul, it's journey, descent and ascent, hence my study in Mystery
Religions. However, we will be doing Sleeping
Beauty, <g> another variant of the soul's journey.
For Lizzie: Have you ever read The Darkangel Trilogy by Meredith Anne Pierce?
I am rereading these now, and certainly they are darker, but they have
themes you might
be searching for, but in a less obvious way than Lewis and company, and the
ones you first
mentioned. But this is a trilogy that I am going to promote in my talks
this year, for
various reasons I won't discuss here. BTW, have you ever read Graham
fantasy, but certainly religious. And very profound at that. I marvel at