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Traditional Cosmology (6); The Global Mythology of Cosmic Creation and Destruction; volume: Miscellaneous Themes

ByMarinus Anthony van der Sluijs

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This work, in 6 volumes, is a compendium of traditional cosmologies worldwide. The material includes the global mythology of creation and destruction, but also comprises information drawn from other areas of traditional knowledge, ritual, iconography, shamanism, costume, and dance. Relying on original sources, universal points of agreement are identified, often on counterintuitive ideas. These suggest a single template, a blueprint for a universal mythology of origins with local variations. This volume examines a miscellany of traditions. Salient examples are the beliefs that the seasonal cycle was not always stable; that the morning or evening star used to be a comet or meteor; that objects or deities fell out of the sky; that the earth once turned over or changed places with the sky; that fossils are the remains of former giants; and that specific areas now under water were originally dry land.

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Publication Date
Aug 20, 2018
Language
English
ISBN
9781999438319
Category
Reference
Copyright
All Rights Reserved - Standard Copyright License
Contributors
By (author): Marinus Anthony van der Sluijs

Specifications

Pages
212
Binding
Paperback
Interior Color
Black & White
Dimensions
US Trade (6 x 9 in / 152 x 229 mm)

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