The human being. Since he was born as such, he has tried to make sense of his surroundings, seeking explanations for what he has not been able to understand logically. For this reason, since time immemorial, mythology has become a space to unravel the roots of our creation, extracting from ancient stories the reasoning necessary to understand ourselves.
The man, the woman, the life, the death. All of the myths explained by ancestral cultures that tried to find meaning in what, perhaps, did not have it. Because men’s minds need to put words to what they don’t see, to what they discover every day, therefore, the mythology is an inner journey, to the epicenter of all of us, of the world that presents itself to the human being with all its bestiality and that surrounds us with a cloak so dangerous that, sometimes, we have to know how to name it in order to make it real.
It is about traveling through different cultures to understand their vision of the world, the mysteries of their myths, their popular creations, and then understand the why of their performance, their life, their birth, and, as always, their subsequent disintegration. We are facing a journey through the imaginary world that explains something too real: the human being.
I have always been fascinated by trips to the world of mythology. Always intrigued by the creation of myths, I buy the titles I find about those parts of the history of a culture that explain the creation of the world. Therefore, when I found “Mythology, a trip to imaginary worlds,” I decided to get hold of it and read it calmly. And what did I find? What could I decipher from what Christopher Dell offers us? Well, a world full of beings, stories, myths that help us understand our role in life. In every culture, whether ancient or current, the invention of creators of men and women, of gods who accompany us in the afterlife and even in death, has been a common pattern. As much as all of them try to explain the world and imply that theirs is the original vision, the only one, the truth, the truth is that many of them overlap in terms of myths. That is why this book has interested me so much, where we can see how Aztecs, Christians, Greeks, and an endless number of cultures that expand or expanded throughout the world, share a common root in terms of their mythological creations. None is the definitive version, and all are complimentary. And so, while we are reeling off the different points in which visions are shared, we realize how enriching, how abundant, how full of life is in the world of fantasy. Because, as I said before, in the History of Man, it is essential to create a name for what cannot be explained with our own eyes.
If we lived in classical Greece, it would be Zeus, the creator of men, but if we went to the Polynesian tradition, we would discover that the name of the creator himself is Tiki, and if, finally, we take a little look at Genesis we would see that Jehovah formed the man with dust from the ground. Without a doubt, different names for the same question. And it is at this point, at this moment, when we realize that no matter how much we use different names, names that do not sound the same, we are joined by a very similar umbilical cord.