We want to tell the story again. This book details about major international marketing and PR campaign at publication, including a national newspaper partner, events at the Royal Festival Hall and blanket review and feature coverage. Karen Armstrong is one of Britain's most renowned religious and social commentators. "Human beings have always been ...
We want to tell the story again. This book details about major international marketing and PR campaign at publication, including a national newspaper partner, events at the Royal Festival Hall and blanket review and feature coverage. Karen Armstrong is one of Britain's most renowned religious and social commentators. "Human beings have always been mythmakers." What are myths? How have they evolved? And, why do we still so desperately need them? The history of myth is the history of humanity; our stories and beliefs, our curiosity and attempts to understand the world, link us to our ancestors and each other. Myths help us make sense of the universe. Armstrong takes us from the Palaeolithic period and the myths of the hunters right up to the 'Great Western Transformation' of the last 500 years and the discrediting of myth by science. Heralding a major series of retellings of international myths by authors from around the world, Armstrong's characteristically insightful and eloquent book serves as a brilliant and thought-provoking introduction to myth in the broadest sense - and why we dismiss it only at our peril.
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Marvelous study of the development of religion, cradle to grave, and the stories that composed the various forms as they evolved. Excellent work, done tersely but with enough detail to explain the logic.
Publishers Weekly, 2005-09-12 This is an pedestrian study from the noted and popular religion scholar, in which Armstrong takes a historical approach to myth, tracing its evolution through a series of periods, from the Paleolithic to the postmyth Great Western Transformation. Each period developed myths reflecting its major concerns: images of hunting and the huntress dominated the myths of the Paleolithic, while the myths of Persephone and Demeter, Isis and Osiris developed in the agricultural Neolithic period. By the Axial Age (200 B.C. through A.D. 1500), myths became internalized, so that they no longer needed to be acted out. Reason, says Armstrong, largely supplanted myth in the Post-Axial Period, which she sees as a source of cultural and spiritual impoverishment; she even appears, simplistically, to attribute genocide to the loss of "the sense of sacredness" myth offers. Armstrong goes on to relate that in the 20th century, a number of writers, such as Eliot, Joyce, Mann and Rushdie, recovered the power of myth for contemporary culture. Although the book offers no new perspectives or information on the history of myth, it does provide a functional survey of mythology's history. But a more engaging choice would be Kenneth Davis's Don't Know Much About Mythology (Reviews, Sept. 5). (Nov.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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