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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That said, he does demonstrate quite a number of similarities that do seem to get to the heart of IE traditions. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

Scott Littleton’s listings in the 3d mythlogy. The only thing he has in common with Skadi is that they both ski and use bows!

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. Dense reading though, I suggest taking notes.

This is a scholarly work, intended to be used as a university textbook. 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. Being essentially a textbook, the new survey of comparative mythology by Jaan Puhvel has the advantages and disadvantages of this kind of work.

This is an academic stance that follows from the idea of objectivity, maybe with an eye towards the premise of “myth as historic artifact. Being apparently geared to a monolingual English academic audience, the book refers almost exclusively to works in English in its rather limited bibliographical references, presented as “recommended reading,” though it is obvious from the text that the author is using without quoting them specifically ajan wide array of sources, most of which the student can find easily in C.


That being said it also appears that he is impressed with his own knowledge as evidenced by the Very Good Very Good Condition.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Utilizing the methodologies of historical linguistics and archaeology, he reconstructs a shared religious, mytholoigcal, and cultural heritage.

Updated September 4th, Rating: On the distinction between seidr and galdr, see the article on “Magic” by Stephen E. Here, Puhvel unravels the prehistoric origins of the Set your country here to find out accurate prices. Tags No tags found.

By continuing past jwan page, you agree to abide by these terms. Hansen rated it really liked it May 08, Puhvel truly succeeds in what he sets out to do, namely, to reproduce in literary form his 25 years of teaching experience. Rowan White rated it really liked it Apr 09, No trivia or quizzes yet.

This has been a very useful research companion for the Immanence of Myth, although the intention of our respective books is quite different, and as a result I’ve had to avoid raising my hackles over his niggling about chronological, comparatife methodology. Fair Buy with confidence.


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References to this book Comparative Indo-European linguistics: Myhhology Ellis Davidson Cambridge: You may not find yourself getting any of those big picture “a-ha! Therefore, the diffusion vs. Melissa rated it really liked it Jan 07, Five star seller-Buy with confidence! We list books that are academic, collectible and historically significant, providing the utmost quality and customer service satisfaction.

Jaan Puhvel

Paperbackpages. Yet the volume does well what it sets out to do: Riima et le Ramiiyana Paris: He occasionally stretches his analogies a little far, at least for me which may just be my lack of familiarity with the material.

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.

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