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   A Short History of Myth
(Canongate Myth Series)
by Karen Armstrong
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Category: Folktales & Myths
Code: 2995 |  ISBN: 184195716X |  176 pp. |  Publication Date: 2005
Publisher: Canongate
Format: Hardcover
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About this book
?Human beings have always been mythmakers.? So begins Karen Armstrong?s concise yet compelling investigation into myth: what it is, how it has evolved, and why we still so desperately need it. She takes us from the Paleolithic period and the myths of the hunters right up to the ?Great Western Transformation? of the last five hundred years and the 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, which link us to our ances?tors and each other. Myths help us make sense of the universe.

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 explains why if we dismiss it, we do so at our peril.


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