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A Short History of Myth by Karen Armstrong
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Mar 23, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: anthropology, history, non-fiction, reference, 2011
Read from March 23 to April 05, 2011

While there was little material that I was not already aware of within the text, the book was a very good refresher on... the history of mythology. Having a relatively short book on the evolution of myth was helpful, and the concise writing allowed for it to potentially be a quick read. The book is divided chronologically, beginning with prehistory myth (the hunter-gatherers) and ending in modern myth (which she views as creative expression, music, creative writing, etc.)

My main reason for enjoying the book as much as I did (aside from getting a nice refresher) was in the questions that she raised near the end of the text. She mentioned rock stars being the current Heroes and Writers the current myth-makers. How myth relates to the human experience, and how religion has taken a downswing in current years are both interesting topics to me, and although not fully explored in the text, the fact that the questions were raised at all is one that I am happy about.

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