C. Scott Littleton

A native Californian, C. Scott Littleton received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D from UCLA, and has taught anthropology at Occidental College in Los Angeles for many years. He is considered an expert in comparative mythology and folklore, as well as in traditional Japanese culture, having lived and taught in Tokyo on several occasions. Littleton is the author of several scholarly books, including The New Comparative Mythology (3rd Edition, University of California Press, 1982), From Scythia to Camelot: A Radical Reinterpretation of the Legends of King Arthur, the Knights of the Round Table, and the Holy Grail (paperback edition, Garland Publishing Inc., 2000), and Understanding Shinto (Oxford University Press, forthcoming), and numerous articles in professional journals. He has also researched the mythological dimensions of the UFO phenomenon, and his article “Divine Rebels, Alien Dissidents: Does the Mythology Surrounding Lucifer, Prometheus, and the Ancient Mesoamerican Deity Quétzalcoatl Reflect a Pro-Human Faction in the ‘Alien Raj’?” has appeared in UFO Magazine. A dedicated runner, cyclist, and body-surfer, Littleton, who has two adult daughters, lives with his wife Mary Ann in Pasadena, CA.


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