Myth and Reality
An informative guide to the modern mythologies! This classic study, translated from the original French, deals primarily with societies around the world in which myth isor was until very recentlyliving, in the sense that it supplies models for human behavior and, by that very fact, gives meaning and value to life. The author believes that understanding the structure and function of myths in these traditional societies serves to clarify a stage in the history of human thought: myths reveal that the World, man, and life have a supernatural origin and history, and that this history is significant, precious, and exemplary.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - SashaM - LibraryThing
Not what I was expecting. Very scholarly type writing but doesn't really break down the myths and compare them. Doesn't even look at major modern religious myths. Only wants to look at myths in tribes ... Read full review
Eliade's work is so heavily unfounded and outdated, this book is interesting but the theories are so irrelevant and inaccurate.
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