Nicholas (nwhyte) wrote,
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October Books 16) A Short History of Myth, by Karen Armstrong

Having been disappointed by Armstrong's The Age of Transformation, I'm glad to report that I enjoyed reading this very short reflection on the development of mythology through the ages - I'm still not convinced by Armstrong's Axial Age hypothesis, but I found a lot of resonance for me in her thoughts about the importance of myth and how societies have changed their approach to it in the wake of technological and social change since the invention of agriculture to the present day. She urges a wider appreciation of the importance of myth in the present day to which I'm totally sympathetic.
Tags: bookblog 2010, religion, writer: karen armstrong
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