Words and Pictures: A Short History of Myth

Posted January 19, 2015 by Lory in quotes / 6 Comments

Mythology is the discourse we need in extremity. We have to be prepared for a myth to change us forever.

Karen Armstrong, A Short History of Myth (2005)
Image: Edmund Dulac, from The Marriage of Cupid and Psyche

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6 responses to “Words and Pictures: A Short History of Myth

    • I would love to do that too, now that I have finally read this one (it's been sitting on my shelf for years). I've picked out a few that I'm most interested and we'll see where it goes from there.

    • Dulac is wonderful, isn't he? And I had not read Armstrong before but I want to seek out more of hers.

  1. We ignore the power of myth at our peril. As also that it exists: so many people mistake the myth they espouse for reality. I keep dipping into Matthew Hutson's The Seven Laws of Magical Thinking, a chapter at a time. Its subtitle is 'How Irrationality Makes Us Happy, Healthy and Sane', which I feel describes the power of myth exactly, Lory!