LibraryThing Review. User Review – – LibraryThing. An interesting overview of Indo-European myths, their structures, and the. JAAN PUHVEL: Comparative Mythology. Pp. x+; 17 white figures. Baltimore and London: Johns Hopkins U. Press, Paper,?9. A paperback of Puhvel’s . Being essentially a textbook, the new survey of comparative mythology by Jaan Puhvel has the advantages and disadvantages of this kind of.

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This is a scholarly work, intended to be used as a university textbook. In myth, author Puhvel argues, a human group expresses the thought patterns by which it formulates mjthology and self-realization, attains self-knowledge and self-confidence, explains its own sources and sometimes tries to chart its destinies.

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University of California Press,pp. Jan 10, Reba rated it liked iaan. The author’s humor was enjoyable, though. Tags No tags found. James Trimble rated it it was ok Nov 18, Matthew Sidner rated it liked it Dec 29, One truly feels like attending the lesson of “that one cool teacher” every proper school has.


New Buy with confidence. While the followers of Dumkzil readily acknowledge that a tripartite model based on social hierarchization is less transparent in Greek religion than in the organization of the Vedic or Roman pantheon, they usually fail to emphasize the cosmic character of Indo-European religion, as Eliade did in History of Religious Ideas, vol.

Comparative Mythology

Les Belles Lettres,also based on the DumCzilian tradition, is therefore particularly striking. James Arthur rated it it was amazing Apr 16, On the other hand, the Dumkzilian approach to the discussion of Zoro- astrianism entails a benign neglect ;uhvel Zurvanism pp. Dense going, but I found it to be a good starting overview of the ancient myths in many Indo-European cultures. Established seller since Rowan White rated it really liked it Apr 09, On the distinction between seidr and galdr, see the article on “Magic” by Stephen E.

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Comparative Mythology

Starting with Vedic India and going through to Slavic traditions, the book ends up trying to reconstruct a few common themes that could plausibly have come down from the common ancestors of these diverse cultures.


Preview — Comparative Mythology by Jaan Puhvel. Presses Universitaires de France,p. He occasionally stretches his analogies a little far, at least for me which may just be my lack of familiarity with the material. As such, it is dense and difficult at times, but the information is reliable and usable.

A wonderful introduction to the wild world of comparative mythology. This is an academic stance that follows from the idea of objectivity, maybe with an eye towards the premise of “myth as historic artifact. University of Chicago Press,p.

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Puhvel truly succeeds in what he sets out to do, namely, to reproduce in literary form his 25 years of teaching experience. Druids, Wiccans, Pagans, Jungians, Linguists. Good Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside.