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Destiny of a King

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ISBN-10: 0226169766

ISBN-13: 9780226169767

Edition: N/A

Authors: Georges Dumezil, Alf Hiltebeitel

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The preeminent scholar of comparative studies of Indo-European society, Georges Dumézil theorized that ancient and prehistoric Indo-European culture and literature revolved around three major functions: sovereignty, force, and fertility. This work treats these functions as they are articulated through "first king" legends found in Indian, Iranian, and Celtic epics, particularly the Mahabharata. Dumézil, drawing on an extraordinarily broad range of Indo-European sources from Scandinavia to India and offering an original and provocative analytic method, set a new agenda for studies in comparative oral literature, historical linguistics, comparative mythology, and history of religions. The…    
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Book details

Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 8/26/1988
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 168
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Until his death, Georges Dumezil was the guiding light of the study of Indo-European civilizations. He taught at the College de France for many years, directed the Section des Sciences Religieuses of the Ecole des Hautes Etudes of the Sorbonne, and by the time he was elected to the Academie Francais in the fall of 1978, Dumezil had extended his influence worldwide. In essence, Dumezil's work effects a "paradigm shift" in the study of Indo-European mythology. Earlier scholars worked from a narrowly philological paradigm. Dumezil supplemented this approach with insights derived from functionalist sociology. His concern was not with isolated pieces but with systems. At its simplest, his basic…    

Introduction
Yayati and His Sons
Yayati and His Daughter's Sons
Vasu Uparicara
Madhavi
Eochaid Feidlech, His Daughters, and His Sons Perspectives
Notes
Index