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The Origins of the World's Mythologies

E.J. Michael Witzel


This book is an ambitious work on mythology. Focusing on the oldest available texts, buttressed by data from archeology, comparative linguistics, and human population genetics, this book reconstructs a single original African source for our collective myths, dating back some 100,000 years. Identifying features shared by this “Out of Africa” mythology and its northern Eurasian offshoots, this book suggests that these common myths—recounted by the communities of the “African Eve”—are the earliest evidence of ancient spirituality. Moreover these common features, the book shows, survive today in a ... More

Keywords: mythology, archeology, comparative linguistics, human population genetics, Africa, collective myths, Eurasian, African Eve

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780195367461
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195367461.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

E.J. Michael Witzel, author
Harvard University