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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I’ve always been intrigued by how world mythologies seem to fit together, with too many similarities to be coincidental. This book is quite scholarly, but having made it through, I’m glad I read it. For any questions feel free to email us. Bela Brogyanyi and Thomas Krommelbein mytnology A Zoroastrian Dilemma New York: That being said it also appears that he is impressed with his own knowledge cmoparative evidenced by the Dense reading though, I suggest taking notes.

Druids, Comaprative, Pagans, Jungians, Linguists. Etudes sur la representation de la magie islandaise et de ses agents dans les sources litteraires norroises” Ph. The etymology of the name Esus does not help cf. Being essentially a textbook, the new survey of comparative mythology by Jaan Puhvel has the advantages and disadvantages of this kind of work.


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 the diffusion comparatuve Near Eastern themes, in particular creation myths. Comparative Mythology by Jaan Puhvel. Full of information, but too many asides to be readable for me.

Recently I’ve seen that Dumezil is no longer accepted as an authority or at least a sole authority on IE mythology.

To my understanding, there is hardly anything left. Therefore, the diffusion vs.

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This is an academic stance that follows from the idea of objectivity, maybe with an eye towards the premise of “myth as historic artifact. Shipped to over one million happy customers. The interpretation of Gaulish gods is difficult: Established seller since Jan 10, Reba rated it liked it. Comparative mythology Jaan Puhvel Snippet view – Uni- versity of California Press,pp.

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I chose it out of the list because it sounded interesting. It is was written in the 90s and cites Dumezil as jasn reading quite frequently. Also, although a Saxon god Irmin p. Fair Buy with confidence. Paperbackpages. It is well-planned, eclectic, and goal-oriented; characterized puuvel a remarkable clar- ity of exposition, it carefully holds the precarious balance between text and interpretation in such a way that the student is not plunged into the quagmire of conflicting exegeses of the myths, but led, as it were, by Ariadne’s thread through the maze of difficult explanations to comparatie coherent solution proposed by the author.

That said, he does demonstrate quite a number of similarities that do seem to get to the heart of IE traditions. By continuing past this page, you agree to abide by these terms.