Church of Birds

an eco-history of myth and religion

Non-Fiction - Historical
248 Pages
Reviewed on 04/19/2023
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Reviewed by Nino Lobiladze for Readers' Favorite

Birds significantly impacted the development of early humans, according to the creation myths of Mesoamerican civilizations, ancient Greece, India, and many other cultures. New scientific data shows that humans followed migrating birds in their search for fertile lands. Also, we owe the development of human speech to songbirds. The universal egg shape is peculiar to many buildings worldwide - from the Neolithic structure of Göbekli Tepe in Turkey to the Oval Office of the President of the United States. What if the whole process of human evolution became possible thanks to our interactions with birds? Church of Birds by Ben H. Gagnon is for readers exploring the origins of humankind, researchers of the myths and legends of the past, and bird lovers.

Church of Birds is an impressive analysis of the cultural heritage of many civilizations, including Aztecs with their "feathered serpent," Quetzalcoatl, and the Persian legend of the Simurgh, describing the spiritual journey of birds. The scientific facts are revolutionary. Gagnon's tone remains balanced throughout the research, although it also covers the sometimes complicated topic of three Abrahamic religions. Ben H. Gagnon wrote this book for readers without a scientific background in an easy to comprehend manner with a touch of humor. How many of us thought about the legendary healing power of birds regarding simple chicken soup? Church of Birds urges us to be more responsible toward birds and their habitats that are disappearing at a frightening speed. Overall, Gagnon's theories may be unorthodox, but they are worth exploring for a better understanding of the creatures in our lives from the dawn of human history.