Comparative Mythology

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Johns Hopkins University Press, 1989 - History - 302 pages
In myth, author Puhvel argues, a human group expresses the thought patterns by which it formulates self-cognition and self-realization, attains self-knowledge and self-confidence, explains its own sources and sometimes tries to chart its destinies. Here, Puhvel unravels the prehistoric origins of the traditions of India and Iran, Greece and Rome, of the Celts, Germans, Balts, and Slavs. Utilizing the methodologies of historical linguistics and archaeology, he reconstructs a shared prehistorical religious, mythological, and cultural heritage. 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.--From publisher description.

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User Review  - jen.e.moore - LibraryThing

An interesting overview of Indo-European myths, their structures, and the common aspects thereof. I'm still not entirely convinced by the techniques of comparative mythology -- too many things are ... Read full review

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User Review  - Maghnus - LibraryThing

There is no doubt that Jaan Puhvel is knowledgeable regarding the subject of Indo-European Mythology. That being said it also appears that he is impressed with his own knowledge as evidenced by the ... Read full review

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