The Myth and Ritual Theory provides the first sourcebook for one of the most influential theories of myth, the theory which connects myth to rituals. Both classic and contemporary readings are brought together in this unique volume. The selections cover the theory from the origin in biblical and classical studies to its spread to the study of religions worldwide and to its extension to literature and the social sciences. Critics as well as exponents of the theory are well represented. In his lucid introduction, Robert A. Segal, a leading authority on the theories of myth, systematically charts the history of the theory from its beginnings to the present.
Robert A. Segal is Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at Lancaster University. He previously taught in the United States and has held positions at Stanford, Louisiana State University, University of Pittsburgh and Tulane. He has published widely in the field of religious studies, including three previous books on myth and ritual.