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3.0 out of 5 stars Leaves Much To Be Desired, 12 Jan 1999
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This review is from: Hamlet's Mill: A Essay Investigating the Origins of Human Knowledge and Its Transmission Through Myth (Paperback)
If one is looking for documented back-up that the ancients of pre-history were aware of the precession of the equinoxes, and that this knowledge is embedded and encoded in world mythology, Hamlet's Mill does the job. However-- the authors seem to be of the notion that the primary purpose and interpretation of myth is to convey astronomical information. In reality, myths are the residue of ancient mystical teachings and of real events and beings of pre-history. The fairy tales of Europe, the Hindu scriptures, Sufi tales of the mystic east, Greek and Egyptian mythology all are rooted in this ancient essence, to which the authors give short shrift. If one is seeking the truth that lies behind myth--aside from the precession thing- seek elsewhere than in Hamlet's Mill, which takes a very worldly, mundane view.
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