The Time Falling Bodies Take To Light: Mythology, Sexuality and the Origins of Culture

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Palgrave Macmillan, Apr 15, 1996 - History - 280 pages
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In the opening passages of his classic book, The Time Falling Bodies Take to Light, William Irwin Thompson asks the question, "But what is myth that it returns to mind even when we would most escape it?" Acknowledging the pervasive power of myth to create and inform culture, Thompson answers this question by weaving descriptions of the human abilities to create life and to communicate through symbolic myths based on male and female forms of power. Taking us from the earliest periods of prehistory through the time of female goddess worship to the rise of the male-dominated warrior state, Thompson shows the passage of humankind's relationship to nature from initial awe to persistent conquest. At the end of his journey, Thompson finds an answer to his original question: myth is the history of the soul; its creation is ongoing and its power is never-ending. This is a beautiful and fascinating book now being reissued for a new generation of readers, as well as for those it inspired originally.
  

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Review: The Time Falling Bodies Take To Light: Mythology, Sexuality and the Origins of Culture

User Review  - Charlotte - Goodreads

I read this about 20 years ago, and it was enlightening. Maybe I'll get around to reading it again someday, it's still on my shelf! Read full review

Review: The Time Falling Bodies Take To Light: Mythology, Sexuality and the Origins of Culture

User Review  - Mark - Goodreads

Occasionally frustrating mixture of speculative spirituality and solid paleoanthropology taking as its starting point the idea that myth is an ever-present body of story constantly informing culture ... Read full review

Contents

The Time Light Bodies Took to Fall
3
THE TRANSFORMATIONS OF PREHISTORY
41
Symbolization
81
Agriculturalization
118
WESTERN CIVILIZATION AND
157
Civilization and Initiation in Ancient Egypt
209
The Time Falling Bodies Take to Light
247
NOTES
255
INDEX
273
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William Irwin Thompson is the author of "At the Edge of History," "The Time Falling Bodies Take to Light" and "Imaginary Landscapes," He lives in Switzerland.

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