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First Tales: Pan-Gaean Mythology

E. J. Michael Witzel

in The Origins of the World's Mythologies

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780195367461
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199932047 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195367461.003.0006
First Tales: Pan-Gaean Mythology

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This chapter investigates whether Laurasian and Gondwana mythologies have common characteristics that allow us to reconstruct a common ancestor. It compares myths at a level that is several historical stages removed from their first appearances in antiquity or in myth collections. It compares whole mythologies and their structures, not single myths or motifs, as is commonly done. The aggregates of Gondwana myths and of Laurasian myths have more to tell than any isolated individual myths. That makes the present comparison more meaningful and powerful than those of single, current myths, for which we do not know how they emerged or arrived in the areas concerned.

Keywords: Laurasian mythology; Gondwana mythology; myths; individual myths

Chapter.  7914 words. 

Subjects: History of Religion

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