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Why This Book Matters:

The Power of Myth explains to readers the reason myths are so important in allowing people to understand better their culture, the world around them, and why they should not fear death.

The Big Takeaways:

  1. Myths are used to paint a picture of a community.
    1. If Myths are a tool that helps create an identity for a group.
  2. Some religions and cultures share the same ideas through different stories and characters.
    1. These characteristics of cultures overlap because we are all humans with similar passions, fears, and desires.
  3. Myths are sometimes used as an outline.
    1. Through myths, people learn how to interact with the world around them.
  4. Myths aid us in learning to experience life head-on while teaching us not to fear death.
    1. Myths are created partially to help us sort through our understanding of life and death.
  5. Myths help us process a higher-being and the idea of everlasting life.
    1. Myths bring a physicality to ethereal beings, allowing the ideas of an afterlife to better resonate with us.

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