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« Reply #3: August 01, 2010, 08:06:23 pm »

I have read enough of Catja's posts over the years to grab the salt shaker as soon as I saw the title.  What's surprising is that it was published by a university (granted a university known mostly for it's medical school but a university nonetheless).
Indeed.  One of the reader comments mentions that it doesn't cite sources Shocked - which is not exactly uni-press SOP.  The other things that I was skeptical about are more indefinite (the "Monomythologist With a Thousand Faces" impression I got from the Library Journal review was softened a bit by a commenter noting that the myths being compared were all IE - and since "hypothesis of common root" and "eschews any particular theory" are just flat-out oxymoronic, the LJ reviewer is clearly enough of a dolt that neither the praise nor the red flags have much significance), but no sources?  WTF?

I only grabbed the small salt shaker over the title (and even then it was partly because of the publication date), because (as I'm pretty sure Catja has mentioned) it is possible to compare myths without trying to cram them into the same primeval box.  But this doesn't look like it.

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