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The Origins of the World’s Mythologies

Author: E.J. Michael Witzel

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“Not since Frazer’s Golden Bough has anyone achieved such a grand synthesis of world mythology. Boldly swimming upstream against the present scholarly emphasis on difference and context, Witzel assembles massive evidence for a single, prehistoric, Ur-mythology. An astonishing book.”–Wendy Doniger, Mircea Eliade Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Religions at the University of Chicago and author of The Woman Who Pretended to Be Who She Was

“[Witzel’s] novel approach brings a different perspective to the myths he analyzes. By all rights, this book should provoke debate and is, therefore, indispensable to any research library. Summing Up: Essential.” —CHOICE

E.J. Michael Witzel is Wales Professor of Sanskrit at Harvard University.