Reviewed By Sherrie Soland
Myth*ing Links http://www.mythinglinks.org
Myth*ing Links is an in-depth study of mythology from all over the world by Kathleen Jenks, Ph.D., an expert in world religion and mythology. It is a reliable reference for study of mythology. It is self-described as “An Annotated & Illustrated Collection of Worldwide Links to Mythologies, Fairy Tales & Folklore, Sacred Arts & Sacred Traditions.” Each and every link seems to have at least 10 more links relating to it. The creator of the website is an expert in mythology and has annotated links to other sites on mythology. We rely on the expertise of the author as to the accuracy of each annotated link. The author credits all sources where applicable.
The sponsor of the site, Pacifica Graduate Institute, is a graduate college specializing in Psychology and Mythological Studies. I could not find a ranking for this school. The opening page links to information about the sponsor, the author, and the department for which the site was created. The site is intended as a study tool for the students of Pacifica Graduate Institute, but all others are “warmly welcomed.” The author is not objective about her work – she is very passionate about her work. The site is written in the first person and expresses the author’s feelings, opinions of sites, and her biases. One such example is that the author is a pacifist and does not agree with war in Afghanistan. Another example of her bias is that she is an advocate of learning through the arts. In my opinion, her biases enhance, and do not detract from, the vast amount of information that she shares. Some pages are designed to sway opinion. The author expresses which sites are among her personal favorites, how to reach the “hard to load” sites, and which sites have deteriorated due to technology problems. She also freely expresses her political opinions. The author enhances the site with pictures of authentic art works. All are credited to the artist and/or vendor and used with permission. There are also links to vendors of the pieces which are used. Most of the links I checked happened to be Russian Lacquer Art.
The site has been online since November 1998. It was last updated on March 1, 2002. I did not find a site that has expired or moved. All links appear to be current A small sampling of the research included on this site is: mythology from countries all over the world, mythology on common themes such as animals or creation, mythology of sacred traditions, and mythology of special holidays, feasts, or days of the year. There is a mega-page on music in storytelling with listening links. One of the more interesting features of the page is the way in which it blends mythology with current events. For example, it includes an index of links that relate to our tragedy on September 11. The links provide an historical and cultural perspective on the event. They are: New York, 11 September 2001: Gaelic Blessing New York, 11 September 2001: Many Voices The Crone Papers: Notes on the Mideast What Can We Do About Terrorism? by Dr. Robert M. Bowman, Lt. Col., USAF, ret. Afghanistan I Afghanistan II Letter from an Afghan-American Pakistan Wars, Weapons, and Lies: The Dehumanizing Impulse Myth*ing Links has hundreds of annotated sites that are not only informative, but also thought-provoking and entertaining. It is a reliable reference to have bookmarked or linked in other school or library homepages; however, not at the elementary level. The information and the format are intended for older audiences.