A Short History of Myth

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Knopf Canada, 2005 - 159 страница
Human beings have always been myth makers. . . So begins Karen Armstrong’s concise yet compelling investigation into myth: how it has evolved and why it is so essential to our ability to live well. She takes us from the Paleolithic period and the earliest mythologies of the hunters up to the “Great Western Transformation” of the last 500 years, including the recent discrediting of myth by science. The history of myth is the history of humanity. Our stories and beliefs, our curiosity, and attempts to understand the world link us not only to our ancestors but to each other. Today, more than ever, myths help us make sense of the universe and of ourselves, our longings and our weaknesses. Heralding a major series of retellings of the ancient myths by authors from around the world, Armstrong’s characteristically insightful book is an eloquent introduction to any understanding of myth — and why, if we dismiss it in the modern age, we do so at our peril.

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I've felt that some of Karen Armstrong's books -- most notably "A History of God" -- tried to do too much in too little space, but "A Short History of Myth" is a beautifully economical little text. I ... Прочитајте целу рецензију

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Armstrong continues to be one of my favorite religion writers. This slim book is a shallow overview of how myths developed and how they changed as societies evolved and needed stories which fit their ... Прочитајте целу рецензију

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О аутору (2005)

Karen Armstrong is one of the foremost commentators on religious affairs in both Britain and the United States. She spent seven years as a Roman Catholic nun and received a degree at Oxford University.

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