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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A good beginner comparison of different mythologies. The studies are interesting, instructive, and thought provoking. Mary Boyce, A History of Zoroastrianism, vol. Account Options Sign in. Der Nahe und der Mittlere Osten, 8. Equally unwarranted is the tentative equation of Lbdurr with Loki, especially after the dissertation of R. Separate chapters on individual traditions as well as on recurrent themes give life to the book as both a general introduction and a detailed reference.

After reading Ireland’s Immortals it seems that Puhvel may accept as authentic a number of mythical elements that were introduced during the monastic tradition.

Here, Puhvel unravels the prehistoric origins of the On the other hand, the Dumkzilian approach to the discussion of Zoro- astrianism entails a benign neglect of Zurvanism pp. He has done so in a DumCzilian perspective, but with a distinct personal touch and with stimulating new approaches.

He rightly stresses the role of a strongly organized priesthood like the brahmins, the flamens, and the druids in the preservation of age-old traditions.

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Tags No tags found. A wonderful introduction to the wild world of comparative mythology. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

The latter, presented here pp. Set your country here to find out accurate prices. Comparaive then examines briefly the reasons why the Indo-European religious heritage has been best preserved in India and in Rome and to a lesser degree in Iran, on account of the Zoroastrian reform, and in Insular Celtic where the impact of Christianity has affected the late sources, whereas the Eddic literature in Scandinavia appears to have largely escaped this bias.


Books by Jaan Puhvel. References to this book Comparative Indo-European linguistics: Matthew Sidner rated it liked it Dec 29, Paperbackpages. James Trimble rated it it was ok Nov 18, As such, it is dense and difficult at times, but the information is reliable and usable.

Some carvings and cave paintings, and they tell very little to anyone wary of overinterpretation. We ship daily from our Bookshop. Brill, in the bibliographical references. Mar 06, Mariah marked it as to-read Shelves: Hermann Reichert and Giinter Zimmermann [Vienna, The only thing he has in common with Skadi is that they both ski and use bows!

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. Dense reading though, I suggest taking notes. Comparative mythology Jaan Puhvel Snippet view – The name of this cultic pillar, destroyed by Charlemagne, does not designate a column dedicated to Irmin, but what Rudolf of Fulda described as a universalis columna quasi sustinens omnia-a cosmic pillar, an axis mundi cf.

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Flowers, forthcoming in Garland’s Encyclopedia of Medieval Scandinavia in press. Charlotte rated it it was amazing Jan 09, The focus of Puhvel’s book is to provide a broad monogenetic picture of mythology in Indo-European I-E societies with due reference to puhvle diffusion of Near Eastern themes, in particular creation myths. Riima et le Ramiiyana Paris: On the altar of the nautae Parisiaci, Esus appears mytnology a bearded woodcutter, wielding an ax to fell a tree, next to another panel depicting Tarvos Trigaranus, “Bull with three cranes,” whereas a relief from Trier shows a woodcutter axing down a tree on top of whose foliage a bull’s head and three sizable birds can be seen.


But, on the whole, it is certainly a work that will leave its mark on the study of Indo-European myth, and I can only recommend it most warmly to any reader interested in this topic.

Open Preview See a Problem? The last chapters briefly discuss important themes, mostly connected with the upper two DumCzilian functions: As he must lack no particle of dignity they called him Odin compararive. Stuart rated it really liked it Sep 13, Your purchase benefits world literacy!


Melitta Theodora Stafford rated it really liked it Jan 28, Comparative Mythology by Jaan Puhvel. Mytholofy the methodologies of historical linguistics and archaeology, he reconstructs a shared prehistorical religious, mythological, and cultural heritage.

Comparative Mythology

After reading Ireland’s Immortals it se Well written and very informative, though I’m not sure how authoritative it should be. Refresh and try again. While I felt for a large part of this book that I was reading a graduate level “course” for which I’d skipped some of the pre-requisites, overall I think Puhvel’s theories are sound. Return to Book Page. Aug 07, James Curcio rated it liked it Shelves: I’ve always been intrigued by how world mythologies seem to fit together, with too many similarities to be coincidental.

An article or two giving a more coherent view of trends in the discipline of history of religions today would have been welcome-especially one written in the Werblowsky tradition.

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