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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Utilizing the methodologies of historical linguistics and archaeology, he reconstructs a shared religious, mytholoigcal, and cultural heritage.
Separate chapters on individual traditions as well as on recurrent thees – god and warrior, king and virgin, fire and water – give life to “Comparative Mythology” as both a general introduction and a detaled reference. Paperbackpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about Comparative Mythologyplease sign up. See 1 question about Comparative Mythology…. Lists with This Book. Aug 07, James Curcio rated comparatiev liked it Shelves: This has been a very useful research companion for the Immanence of Myth, although the intention of jxan respective books is quite different, and as a result I’ve had to avoid raising my hackles over his niggling about chronological, historical methodology.
His approach lends itself to research assistance, as he seems very hesitant to posit theories or interject himself into the material at all. This is an academic stance that follows from the idea of objectivity, maybe with an eye towards the pr 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, historical methodology.
This is an academic stance that follows from the idea of objectivity, maybe with an eye towards the premise of “myth as historic artifact.
However, agreeing with an author’s approach is certainly not a necessity, and as I said, this is a very useful research companion for anyone delving into comparative mythology. You may not find yourself getting any of those big picture “a-ha!
Read for the Immanence of Myth project http: Jul 07, Mae rated it liked it Recommends it for: Druids, Wiccans, Pagans, Jungians, Linguists.
Recommended to Mae by: This book is quite scholarly, but having made it through, I’m glad I read it. It weaves a tapestry of culture, language, and myth to show how archetypes and beliefs were spread and evolved from sources like India and ancient Iran throughout Europe, including Ancient Greek and Celtic mythology.
I recommend it to any serious student of mythology, Druidry, or Jasn in general. A wonderful introduction to the wild world of comparative mythology.
Sure, there’s quite a lot of philology, but it always serves the bigger picture and sheds light comparatife the astonishing connections between mythic worldviews seemingly worlds apart. Puhvel writes in a clear and concise way, and not without a dash of humour every now and then, when it fits.
It surprised me every time, but made the book that much more of a genuinely fun read. Puhvel truly succeeds in what he sets out to do, namely, to A wonderful introduction to the wild world of comparative mythology. Puhvel truly succeeds in what he sets out to do, namely, to reproduce in literary form his 25 years kythology teaching experience. One truly feels like attending the lesson of “that one cool teacher” every proper school has.
You know the type: There’s surprisingly little in the way of a reconstruction of Proto-Indo-European mythology, but that might be because Puhvel is smart and knowledgeable enough not to try to offer some sort of overarching grand interpretation of myths that have died millennia ago and were never committed to paper or papyrus.
To my understanding, there is hardly anything left. Some carvings and cave paintings, and they tell very little to anyone wary of overinterpretation. And yet, as Puhvel shows, incredible parallels exist between the mythologies of, e. Dec 04, Andy rated it really liked it Shelves: Well written and very informative, though I’m not sure how authoritative it should be. It is was written in the 90s and cites Dumezil as recommended reading quite frequently.
Recently I’ve seen that Dumezil is no longer accepted as an authority or at least a sole mytholovy on IE mythology. 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.
After reading Ireland’s Immortals it se Well written and very informative, though I’m not sure how authoritative it should be. After reading Ireland’s Immortals it seems that Puhvel may accept as authentic a number of mythical elements that were introduced during the compaeative tradition. Therefore, the diffusion vs.
That said, he does demonstrate quite a number of similarities that do seem to get to the heart of IE traditions. May 03, Monica rated it it was amazing. This is a scholarly work, intended to be used as mythologu university textbook. As such, it is dense and difficult at times, but the information is reliable and mytohlogy. He has a more post- structuralist approach, which might be difficult for many students of myth who come from a Jungian background, or for Pagans who might be more interested in enhancing their own phenomenological relationships with myth and meaning.
Jan 10, Reba rated it liked it. I chose it out of the list because it sounded interesting. I’ve always been intrigued by how world mythologies seem to fit together, with too many similarities to be coincidental. It’s a bit of a difficult read though, if you’re not a current university level student of mythology.
Some of the jargon is not stuff you hear everyday Dense going, but I comparativw it to be a good starting overview of the ancient myths in many Indo-European cultures. 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.
Jan 02, Anna rated it liked it. 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. He occasionally stretches his analogies a little far, at least for me which may just be my lack of familiarity with the material.
Comparative Mythology by Jaan Puhvel
Dense reading though, I suggest taking notes. Jun 15, Josh rated it it was ok. Full of information, but too many asides to be readable for me. The author’s humor was enjoyable, though. Apr 19, Maya rated it liked it Shelves: A good beginner comparison of different mythologies.
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