The thing about myth however is that it must be weighed and analyzed and if I tell you that Neptune is the god of the sea and thousands of people believe it, that does not make the pronouncement any more of a reality.
Institutions like the Catholic church were able to get the populations of nations to cooperate under the power of kings (who had no power other than that of belief bestowed by people). This is how great masses of people were able to move forward with common goals even if they had never met each other.
The unfortunate power of myth however, is that although it can be a great motivator, it can also be a great enslaver.
I will write a review of the book in a future post.