The Origins of the World's Mythologies

By E.J. Michael Witzel,

Book cover of The Origins of the World's Mythologies

Book description

In this comprehensive book Michael Witzel persuasively demonstrates the prehistoric origins of most of the mythologies of Eurasia and the Americas ('Laurasia'). By comparing these myths with others indigenous to sub-Saharan Africa, Melanesia, and Australia ('Gondwana Land') Witzel is able to access some of the earliest myths told by humans.…

Shepherd is reader supported. When you buy books, we may earn an affiliate commission.

Why read it?

1 author picked The Origins of the World's Mythologies as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

A controversial, scholarly attempt at synthesizing and organizing the foundations of world mythologies may seem a strange selection. It’s certainly an enormous task, and Witzel could be wrong, but this sweeping book tantalizes and enriches any open mind with an interest in mankind’s story on Earth: two great separate migrations out of Africa carried differing concepts of the world’s origins. The first made its way around India to Australia. In this story, the world had no origin, it always existed in Dreamtime. Mankind emerged into time and joined all creatures and their landscapes. The second migration into Europe and Asia…

Want books like The Origins of the World's Mythologies?

Our community of 11,000+ authors has personally recommended 84 books like The Origins of the World's Mythologies.

Browse books like The Origins of the World's Mythologies

5 book lists we think you will like!

Interested in myth, presidential biography, and magic-supernatural?

11,000+ authors have recommended their favorite books and what they love about them. Browse their picks for the best books about myth, presidential biography, and magic-supernatural.

Myth Explore 84 books about myth
Presidential Biography Explore 19 books about presidential biography
Magic-Supernatural Explore 625 books about magic-supernatural