Journal of Mythic Arts — Winter 2006 Issue — Endicott Studio

Editors: Terri Windling
and Midori Snyder
Book Reviewers: Helen Pilinovsky
and Elizabeth Genco

Art: from top to bottom
Healing by Mark Wagner
The Ghost in the Hills by John Jude Palencar
Mother Winter by Jeanie Tomanek
Autumn’s Last Sigh by Helena Nelson Reed
North wind by Jessie Wilcox Smith
Medicine Cards by Mark Wagner

Letter from the Editor’s Desk
“Welcome to our Special Issue focused on tales of illness and calamity, healing and transformation. . . .”

The Reading Room

Dark of the Woods:
Rites of Passage Tales

by Terri Windling
“In an earlier time, a medicine man, shaman, or herb–wife consulted when my illness first appeared might have sat me down and told a story . . .”

Story Telling and Healing
by Heinz Insu Fenkl
“You are in a continuous symbolic performance, writing the story of your life as you live it. . . .”

Healing the Wounded Wild
by Kim Antieau
“When I became chronically ill, I looked for answers in stories. The story I came back to again and again was the fairy tale Silver Hands . . .”

The Armless Maiden and
The Hero’s Journey

by Midori Snyder
“Although I believe that the Armless Maiden narratives are about rites of passage to adulthood, within the story is the troubling echo of abuse . . .”

a story by Tim Pratt
“When the first shots were fired on the platform, I’d started running, and I hadn’t stopped running since . . . ”

How Master Madman Came to
Ch’in Feng Temple

a story by Heinz Insu Fenkl
I am dead, thought Yang. There lies my body. But then how could he be seeing himself?”

The Gallery

Old Wives Tales: Women’s Fairy Tale Art
“Why do we continue to be enspelled by fairy tales, after all these centuries?”

The Mythic Art of Mark Wagner
“Life is a wheel. The spokes are religion, science, mythology, psychology and the various healing disciplines. Art is the hub.”

The Crossroads: Mixed Media

Miracles in the Backlands: Aspects of Africa in Brazilian Ex–Voto Sculpture
by Beate Echols
“Frequently, but not always, in the form of body parts, ex–votos represent the nature of the petitioner’s problem . . .”

The Coffeehouse: Poetry

What If Words Had Guardian Angels
by Mario Milosevic

by Margarita Engle

The Girl With No Hands
by Rigoberto González

by Rebecca Baggett

Washed in the River
by Beckian Fritz Goldberg

Pandora’s Getaway
by Wendy McVicker

The Girl Without Hands
by Margaret Atwood

Kinder– und Hausmärchen
by Diane Thiel

Conversation With My Father
by Elline Lipkin

From the Archives: On Healing and Transformation

Brother and Sister: A Matter of Seeing
by Ellen Steiber

Shimchong, the Blindman’s Daughter
by Heinz Insu Fenkl

Donkeyskin, Deerskin, Allerleirauh
by Helen Pilinovsky

Wolf’s Heart
a story by Tappan King