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5.0 out of 5 stars Unquestionably Worthwhile, 31 Dec 2011
This review is from: Primitive Mythology (The masks of God) (Paperback)
History is a mysterious thing. At school I hated learning who did what to whom but as an adult I can't seem to get enough of what happened when. Campbell undertakes a spectacular journey that traverses a time spanning the dawn of homo-xyz (plesianthropus) and then beyond the invention of writing (c. 3200 BC). He probes, he questions, he postulates and he beautifully narrates myth after myth from Greece to Africa to the Americas never resting until your head is full of stories of how our ancient ancestors lived and what probably led them to the myths and religions we know today. Obviously, like how the universe came to be, we are never going to be sure but one can hazard a pretty intelligent guess.

This is a vast book and romps through archeology, palaeanthropology, religious studies, science and politics. In my opinion, an unquestionably worthwhile quest for the curious and dogged. Campbell eventually comes to this duality: on one hand mythology disengages an individual from his commonplace existence and leads him towards an ineffable experience; on the other hand myths bind an individual to his society's sentiments. In other words, myths takes you beyond the ordinary to the mystical but at the same time imposes society's customs on you ensuring or perhaps insisting that you comply (or else - death or ostracism). And you know what, I look around and that seems true enough.
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4.0 out of 5 stars If your into why we exist intereting stuff, 31 Aug 2013
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This review is from: Primitive Mythology (The masks of God) (Paperback)
An interesting take on our world. You have to approach with an open mind though, nothing is ever as it seems.
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