Cosmos, The journal of  The Traditional Cosmology Society

Cosmos is the peer-reviewed journal of The Traditional Cosmology Society and is published annually in Edinburgh. It is concerned with exploring myth, religion and cosmology across cultural and disciplinary boundaries and with increasing understanding of world views in the past and present. We welcome all academic papers that contribute to our better knowledge about folk beliefs and legends, folktales, myths, rituals, music, art and crafts etc. from all over the world, and our better understanding of their underlying symbolic meanings, applying any method, from comparative, structural researches to the presentations of the fieldwork research discoveries and so on. Papers are invited from all disciplines including, but not limited to ethnology, anthropology, folklore studies, history, art history, archaeology, philology, literature, theology, medicine, psychology, musicology etc. While papers on any part of the world’s mythological issues are welcomed, we would especially like to encourage authors dealing with European mythology and worldview to submit their papers.


Advisory Board

Alan Barnard (UK), Anna L. Dallapiccola (UK), Glenys Davies (UK), A. W. E. Dolby (UK), Máire Herbert (Ireland),  J. Gordon Howie (UK), Alice Beck Kehoe (USA), Aude Le Borgne (UK), G. E. R. Lloyd (UK), Emily Lyle (UK), John MacInnes (UK), Jeffrey B. Meyer (USA), Dean A. Miller (USA), Irina Sedakova (Russia),  John Shaw (UK), Francisco Vaz da Silva (Portugal),  Frank Whaling (UK), Roy Willis (UK), Nicolas Wyatt (UK), Mare Koĩva (Estonia), Éva Pócs (Hungary), Teigo Yoshida (Japan).

Manuscripts should be submitted to the editor, Dr Louise S. Milne, at, by 30 November each year. The articles will be sent out to readers for peer review. Authors of published articles receive two copies of the journal issue and a pdf version of the article.


Publishers are invited to send books relevant to the interests of this journal to the editor: initial communication may be made at Enquiries about reviewing may be sent to the same email address.


Notes for Contributors

Unless otherwise agreed with the editor, manuscripts should approximate 30,000 to 45,000 characters or 4000 to 7000 words, including endnotes and bibliography. Please add an abstract (1000-1500 characters), keywords (5-10) and a brief biographical note (your name and surname, institutional affiliation, and a contact address (optional). Reviews should ordinarily be around 800-1000 words unless otherwise arranged with the review editor.

Papers are accepted in any word-processing format such as MS Word. Only texts containing specific letters, not common in Times New Roman (letters or words in Greek, Cyrillic, Arabic etc.), should be accompanied by a hard copy or scan of the manuscript.

Please send us a text proof-edited by a native English speaker as the editor will have limited resources for proof-reading. Spelling and punctuation should follow British English conventions.

Please remove all styling and formatting except italics. Paragraphs should be separated by a single return, no hard tabs should be included. Any additional formatting required can be indicated in-text, e.g. <quote>.

Regarding illustrations, it is the responsibility of the individual author to ensure that they have permission to use the relevant material.

The Chicago author-date style, with in-text citations and an alphabetically ordered list of references at the end, should be employed. The references should be set out as in the following examples. For more sample citations and specific cases, please refer to the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition, section 14.

Journal articles:

Dillon, Myles. 1947. “The Archaism of Irish Tradition.” Proceedings of the British Academy 33:245-64.

Articles or chapters in edited volumes:

MacCana, Proinsias. 1995. “Mythology and the Oral Tradition: Ireland.” In The Celtic World, edited by Miranda Jane Green, 779-84. London: Routledge.

Edited books:

Needham, Rodney, ed. 1973. Right & Left: Essays on Dual Symbolic Classification. Chicago and London: Chicago University Press.

Books by one author:

Turner, Victor. 1967. The Forest of Symbols: Aspects of Ndembu Ritual. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.

Books by more authors:

McNeill, John T. and Helena M. Gamer. 1990. Medieval Handbooks of Penance: a translation of the principal “libri poenitentialis” and selections from related documents. New York: Columbia University Press.

Internet sources:

McDonald’s Corporation. 2008. “McDonald’s Happy Meal Toy Safety Facts.” Accessed July 19.

Primary sources (refer to standard verses/chapters/books etc):

Ovid, Amores 1.7.27.
Metaphysics 3.2.996b5–8; Plato, Republic 360e–361b.