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The Origins of the World's Mythologies: A Review

This is a book review of mine that originally appeared in Quest, fall 2013.

Origins of the World’s Mythologies
E.J. Michael Witzel
New York: Oxford University Press, 2012. 665 + xx pages, paper, $45.

Why do so many creation myths sound so much alike? Why can myths about a flood that nearly destroyed all of humanity be found worldwide? And why do we find motifs of an end of the world in equally far-flung places?  Read More 
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