From Gautama Buddha to the Triumph of Christianity

ISBN-10: 0226204030
ISBN-13: 9780226204031
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Description: In volume 2 of this monumental work, Mircea Eliade continues his magisterial progress through the history of religious ideas. The religions of ancient China, Brahmanism and Hinduism, Buddha and his contemporaries, Roman religion, Celtic and German  More...
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Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication Date: 1/15/1985
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 576
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.694

In volume 2 of this monumental work, Mircea Eliade continues his magisterial progress through the history of religious ideas. The religions of ancient China, Brahmanism and Hinduism, Buddha and his contemporaries, Roman religion, Celtic and German religions, Judaism, the Hellenistic period, the Iranian syntheses, and the birth of Christianity--all are encompassed in this volume.

Born in Bucharest, Rumania, Mircea Eliade studied at the University of Bucharest and, from 1928 to 1932, at the University of Calcutta with Surendranath Dasgupta. After taking his doctorate in 1933 with a dissertation on yoga, he taught at the University of Bucharest and, after the war, at the Sorbonne in Paris. From 1957, Eliade was a professor of the history of religions at the University of Chicago. He was at the same time a writer of fiction, known and appreciated especially in Western Europe, where several of his novels and volumes of short stories appeared in French, German, Spanish, and Portuguese. Two Tales of the Occult "to relate some yogic techniques, and particularly yogic folklore, to a series of events narrated in the genre of a mystery story." Both Nights of Serampore and The Secret of Dr. Honigberger evoke the mythical geography and time of India. Mythology, fantasy, and autobiography are skillfully combined in Eliade's tales.

Preface
The Religions of Ancient China
Brahmanism and Hinduism: The First Philosophies and Techniques of Salvation
The Buddha and His Contemporaries
The Message of the Buddha: From the Terror of the Eternal Return to the Bliss of the Inexpressible
Roman Religion: From Its Origin to the Prosecution of the Bacchanals (ca. 186)
Celts, Germans, Thracians, and Getae
Orpheus, Pythagoras, and the New Eschatology
The History of Buddhism from Mahakasyapa to Nagarjuna. Jainism after Mahavira
The Hindu Synthesis:The Mahabharataand the Bhagavad Gita
The Ordeals of Judaism: From Apocalypse to Exaltation of the Torah
Syncretism and Creativity in the Hellenistic Period: The Promise of Salvation
New Iranian Syntheses
The Birth of Christianity
Paganism, Christianity, and Gnosis in the Imperial Period
The Twilight of the Gods
List of Abbreviations Present
Position of Studies: Problems and Progress
Critical Bibliographies
Index

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