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    For anyone who's interested in the cross-cultural study of myths, the Dec. 2016 issue of Scientific American has an article on this subject. The author, a French ethnologist, is applying the phylogenetic and statistical techniques developed in evolutionary biology to track the diffusion of myths across cultures and millennia. He hopes it may be possible to reconstruct original forms of myths going back to the Paleozoic, as a way to catch a glimpse into the worldview of ancient people.

    (I am of course not qualified to say whether his methods are sound, but it's an impressive goal. Also interesting just to hear about worldwide variations on test myths such as the Cosmic Hunt or the Polyphemus story.)

    Dean Shomshak