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  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Spring Publications,U.S.; New edition edition (15 April 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0882142240
  • ISBN-13: 978-0882142241
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 1.3 x 22.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 313,967 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hermes "This is a vital contribution both to the study of classics and the therapy of the soul". -- James Hillman Full description

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these type of books are kinda hard to read. i dont know if its cause i have small knowledge in mythology.. but yeah it will be hopefully be ready to be read when im abit older lol.
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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful
A wonderful resource for those interested in Hermes 26 Mar 2000
By Lissa Ernst - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
While writing a paper for Hermes I came across this book at the library. Rather than the usual dry stuff I was using for my research, this book was the one that quickly became my favorite on the subject. It's engaging, interesting, and well-written, and describes the history and evolution of the god plus his primordial functions of psychopomp, guardian, and messenger. I can't wait to get my hands on a copy for myself!
26 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Praise Hermes 25 Jan 2009
By O. Long - Published on Amazon.com
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The style of this very short book is scholarly and verbose; however, some of the insigts are so deep and meaningful that there is almost an epiphany in every chapter. For anyone who has felt Hermes in their lives, if you want to get closer to the God, I recommend this book. It's has been one of my favorite purchases from Amazon recently.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A Must Read for Anyone Interested in the Trickster 23 Mar 2004
By Mark Holland - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Kerenyi's book offers the most profound and interesting discussion of the trickster I have yet run across, although it is one of the briefest of books on the subject. Of course, he discusses the trickster in his ancient Greek avatar, but that is important for it allows him to make familiar connections which lead down, down to Hermes' chthonic meanings--and that is where the mystery of this god springs from. You will always learn a great deal from reading anything by this "renegade" of classicists, and this book is one of his best.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Psychopomp of the Thieves and the Dead 18 Nov 2013
By S. Cranow - Published on Amazon.com
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The book is classic especially to those who enjoy reading up on Greek mythology. The author who wrote the book passed on in the 1970’s and academic who was self-exiled from Hungary and lived out his days in Sweden. Yet the Greek God Hermes is alive and well. Hermes, the psychocpompos was active in the life of Karl Kerenyi, often times adding bits of fortune here and there and at other times sabotaging things.
Just who exactly was Hermes? or any of the other Greek Gods for that matter. Some modern scholars would narrowly define these gods as ideas or archetypes. Karl Kerenyi thought that they were more than idea or abstract personalities. The Gods were living beings and could be considered a world unto themselves. So Karl Kernyi goes about defining the lord Hermes.
Hermes is mentioned in the Iliad but not extensively as the Iliad is a story about fighting and wars. These are not the domain of Hermes. Destinies of war that are choses by men just are not his things. He is a god of luck, death and wild unplanned whim. He does soften the blow and instruct especially in thievery. When the slain are laying out of the battle field it is Hermes who summons their spirits to rise and follow him into the realm of the Dead or more apt to say Hades. That is what psychopomps do they guide you after you die. He also teaches Achilles how to enter the city of Troy and he helps a grieving father steal his son back.
Perhaps his best known area is depicted in the story of the Odyssey. This is a story of traveling or journeying not of wars. Hermes is a patron god of the roads and for travelers. The Odyssey is about Odysseus’s travel home. Travelers will move from place to place but they are adding more inches to their home as they travel. The Journey man will journey like he is floating in the wind never settling down permanently but always on the go with no ties. This nomadic existence seems to be Hermes specialty.
So far we have learned that Hermes is a guide to the dead, protector of travelers and now we shall learn that he is the master of trickery and the god of thieves. AS soon as he was born within days he steals Apollo’s sheep. Apollo confronts him but Hermes denies it. In the end Hermes is not only the lord of thieves but also the protector of cattle and sheep as Apollo appoints him that role. Hermes alos shows a cold heartedness to his nature by killing a turtle and making an instrument of it’s shell.
What are the real origins of Hermes? The Olympian mythology paints him as being the son of Zeus and the nymph Maia and growing up in a mountain cave of Cyllenica. In reality though he has rather pre Olympian origins that are rather obscure. In fact I would say that many deities have origins that are outside the Olympian tradition. Hermes may have had his origin in Northern Greece near Samothrace and Lemnos and might have been part of the pantheon Gods called the Cabiri.
Most Gods and Goddesses are paired up with someone, like Zeus with Hera, even if they are not entirely faithfull. Some diety couples do not last forever like Aphrodite and Haephestus. Hermes is not known for staying with one person. He gets it on with Artemis I and with Aphrodite II. The union with Aphrodite produces Hermaphrodite. People had Hermaphrodite statues in their homes and oft prayed to them and gave them gifts. There were also statues of Hermes designed to protect the home. Even Hecate showed her face in the home. Which leads us to the next Goddess he cavorted with.
Much like the maenad of Dionysus Hermes is seen as dancing with three nymphs. These nymphs are seen as being a representation of a three fold Goddess. The one who fits the bill is Hekate, Hekate is a psychomp like Hermes and she has wings. Both were worked with at the crossroads. Both in way were ambassadors to Hades. The Herms were altars at the crossroads with four corners. They marked property boundaries and lead to water. Offering were left there for Hermes.
It is a short book one that I finished in a day yet is totally loaded with information. Quite the enjoyable read. Definitely want to read more of this author’s work.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I liked it 25 Jan 2013
By April Edwards - Published on Amazon.com
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Even Pagans need academic writings. Very well written and quite lovely actually. I wish there were books like this written for every god.
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