Modern Myths

The Heroic Monomyth and Modern Gods

Why do modern humans continue to have gods?

The concept of divinity has been at the center of human consciousness for as long as there have been myths. We see the concept in prehistorical objects such as the Ice Age lion man and the Paleolithic cave dwellings discussed at the beginning of this book. We can assume that humans find comfort and explanation in gods and goddesses—explanations of the events of nature and comfort in a belief that we are part of a meaningful rather than random universe.


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