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A Short History of Myth

by Karen Armstrong

ISBN 1841956449 / 9781841956442 / 1-84195-644-9
Publisher Canongate Books Ltd
Language English
Edition Hardcover
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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. [via]