A Short History of Myth by Karen Armstrong 

goodmyth.jpgA Short History of Myth by Karen Armstrong is exactly what the title promises.

It’s a short book about myth. Because of its intentional brevity, Armstrong moves quickly over many topics, covering a span of time from 20000 BCE to the present. While it can be read on its own, the book is actually also part of a larger publishing project called The Myths where some of the world’s most respected authors are re-telling well-known myths in their own style.

There were many concepts discussed in the book that I would specifically like to explore further: ontology (the study of the nature of being, becoming, existenceIMG_7937, or reality), the idea of and the use of the word “everywhen,” and the the roles of both awe and participation in the practice of storytelling.

This short book is not a book for someone looking for an in-depth or comprehensive history of everything ever discussed about myth. It is an excellent book, however, for anyone looking for a string of well-written and thought provoking ideas, anyone who wants to get started in studying myth, or as a resource for stepping back to appreciate the (very) big picture of myth.

A Short History of Myth is the third book I read for the
#SixtyBooks in 2016 Reading Challenge.
To learn more about the #SixtyBooks reading movement,
visit http://sixtybooks.com/

~Melissa


Summary of the book from The Myths project’s website:
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 though-provoking introduction to myth in the broadest sense – and why we dismiss it only at our peril.

 

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