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Single Idea 20665

[catalogued under 29. Religion / A. Polytheistic Religion / 2. Greek Polytheism]

Full Idea

Much of ancient mythology is a legal contract in which humans promise everlasting devotion to the gods in exchange for mastery over plants and animals.

Gist of Idea

Mythologies are usual contracts with the gods, exchanging devotion for control of nature


Yuval Noah Harari (Sapiens: brief history of humankind [2014], 12 'Silencing')

Book Reference

Harari,Yuval Noah: 'Sapiens: a brief history of Humankind' [Vintage 2014], p.236

A Reaction

[He cites the first book of Genesis] So how readily do you swith allegiance, if someone else's gods are more successful? Why be loyal a loser. It should be like shopping - but I bet it wasn't.