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The Time Falling Bodies Take To Light: Mythology, Sexuality and the Origins of Culture

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In this book, William Irwin Thompson explores the nature of myth. Acknowledging the persuasive power of myth to create and inform culture, he weaves the human ability to create life with and communicate through symbols with myths based on male and female forms of power.
Paperback, Second Edition, 280 pages
Published April 15th 1996 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published 1980)
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Jude
Dec 14, 2009 Jude rated it it was amazing
Oh my. This was my lightbulb book. I don't remember much except the notion- new to me ajt the time - that male archeologists saw those tiny stick figure men on the cave wall as lords of all they surveyed for a reason, but not reasonably. Seems so obvious now, but for me it was like having a science fiction story happen inside me: an idea went viral in my brain & nothing was the same. Well, no, everything on the outside was the same as it ever was, but I had never seen it.

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Andrew Neuendorf
May 03, 2011 Andrew Neuendorf rated it it was amazing
I cannot tell you anymore because I have already promised not to let anyone else read this author so back the hell up.....but just so you know, things were much better when women were in charge.
Richard Hudson
Feb 10, 2010 Richard Hudson rated it it was amazing
If one wants to understand mythology and modern life, this is a must read. Unlike reading Campbell, this is not the professor lecturing, but an artist connecting the dots for you.
Mark
Aug 07, 2013 Mark rated it liked it
Occasionally frustrating mixture of speculative spirituality and solid paleoanthropology taking as its starting point the idea that myth is an ever-present body of story constantly informing culture. There's a certain quantum mechanical view of the entangled observer in this that's rather appealing, but Thompson has axes to grind with sociobiology. He never once mentions Stephen Jay Gould, however, and cites E.O. Wilson before that scholar adapted his consilience view of human cooperation and pr ...more
Abner Rosenweig
Apr 14, 2015 Abner Rosenweig rated it it was amazing
Thompson's poetic language and depth of insight are inspiring and illuminating. His scholarship is profound, yet he doesn't profess, his learning dances across the page and dazzles the mind. Drawing from a wide array of disciplines, he comments on the origins of human culture and the major cultural transformations that have defined humankind as expressed in the great early myths of Inanna, Gilgamesh, and Osiris. The first few chapters are a bit slow-going, but they lay the foundation for the jui ...more
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Feb 02, 2013 Sally rated it really liked it
An eccentric mythological interpretation of human history, dealing with meaning and interpretation rather than history and facts. Some of the author's views tend to stick in my mind, particularly about the relation of the sexes. He argues against the "just so stories" of evolutionary psychologists that are still quite fashionable, pointing out that they are myths parading as facts or history, and not very good myths at that. In places he comes off as a bit of a sexist, even though he does conced ...more
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I read this about 20 years ago, and it was enlightening. Maybe I'll get around to reading it again someday, it's still on my shelf!
Vicki
Feb 24, 2015 Vicki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A most thought provoking read. I recommend it to every woman, and a few thinking men.
Gary
Jul 10, 2009 Gary rated it it was ok
Somewhat meandering, with occasional flashes of insight, best absorbed in small doses.
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