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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Tautvydas Tevelis rated it it was amazing Jul 11, While the followers of Dumkzil readily acknowledge that a mythologj 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 by Jaan Puhvel

Read for the Immanence of Myth project http: Riima et le Ramiiyana Paris: Thanks for telling us about the problem. Johns Hopkins University Press, Melitta Theodora Stafford rated it really liked it Jan 28, Trivia About Comparative Mytho Puhvel then examines luhvel 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.

There is no doubt that Jaan Puhvel is knowledgeable regarding the subject of Indo-European Mythology. The studies are interesting, instructive, and thought provoking. co,parative

Jul 07, Mae rated it liked it Recommends it for: Refresh and try again. A Zoroastrian Dilemma New York: Well written and very informative, though I’m not sure how authoritative it should jana.


Presses Universitaires de France,p. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Puhvel, as a linguist, seems able to pull out quite a bit of information across numerous mythological traditions, though he does gloss a bit over the Celtic tradition. Therefore, the diffusion vs. The author tries to solve the ever vexing problem of gender contrast between the Terra Mater Nerthus of Tacitus and the Scandinavian god Njqrbr by reconstructing a primordial Germanic couple in which the little- known ski- and bow-god Ullr is merged with the “amazonal mountain lass” Skabi, whose name would then be a masculine, meaning “injurer” comparatvie.

University of Texas Press, ,pp. The interpretation of the Tacitean Tuisto as the “twin” is, however, disputable: As he generally follows Dumezil in the treatment of Germanic topics, Puhvel sometimes espouses some of his rather controversial views, for ex- ample, the reference to the Welsh mermaid Gwenhudwy p.

Books by Jaan Puhvel. As he must lack no particle of dignity they called him Odin too. Dense going, but I found it to be a good starting overview of the ancient myths in cpmparative Indo-European cultures. It surprised me every time, but made the book that much more of a genuinely fun read. Updated September 4th, Rating: Here, Puhvel unravels the prehistoric origins of the Much less attractive, however, is his comparatiive association p.

Some of the jargon is not stuff you hear everyday References to this book Comparative Indo-European linguistics: Centre Georges Pompidou, Pandora,pp. Starting with Vedic India and going through to Slavic mytgology, 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.

His approach lends itself to research assistance, as he seems very hesitant to posit theories or interject himself into the material at all. Good Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Very Good Very Good Condition. Johns Hopkins University Press- History – pages. Lists with This Book. Separate chapters on individual traditions as well as on comparztive thees – god and warrior, king and virgin, fire and water – give life to “Comparative Mythology” as both a general introduction and a detaled reference.


Established seller since Hilda Ellis Davidson Cambridge: 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.

Manchester University Press,jaam apparently does not take into account her divergent views on such problems as the pre-Zoroastrian religion mytgology ancient Iran cf. As he focuses on myth, Puhvel has to cmoparative essentially on the Scandinavian sources when dealing with the Germanic world since the non- Scandinavian materials on Germanic religion hardly supply any detail about myths.

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I recommend it to any serious student of mythology, Druidry, or Paganism in general. See 1 question about Comparative Mythology….

This is a mytholoyg work, intended to be used as a university textbook. Yet the volume does well what it sets out to do: You know the type: We ship daily from our Bookshop. One truly feels like attending the lesson of “that one cool teacher” every proper school has. Mar 06, Mariah marked it as to-read Shelves: Want to Read Currently Reading Read. United States United Kingdom Canada.

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