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:

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This chapter attempts to capture the meaning of the reconstructed Laurasian, Gondwana, and Pan-Gaean mythologies. It argues that Laurasian mythology has a well-developed narrative; it is not a simple, disparate agglomeration of tales but, instead, a novel of sorts. The Laurasian story line is a metaphor of the human condition, of human life from its mysterious beginnings to its impending ominous end. It was the genial stroke of the creator of Laurasian mythology that it correlates and explains both the universe and the human condition: where we came from, why we are here, and where we will go. The chapter also discusses how various Gondwana and Laurasian societies made use of prior mythology while selecting features and structures appealing in their own time, following the inherent pathway dependencies of their respective cultures.

Keywords: mythology; Gondwana mythology; Pan-Gaean myth; human life; universe; human condition

Chapter.  9176 words. 

Subjects: History of Religion

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