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Myth of the Eternal Return

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ISBN-10: 0691123500

ISBN-13: 9780691123509

Edition: 2nd 2005 (Revised)

Authors: Mircea Eliade, Willard R. Trask, Jonathan Z. Smith

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This founding work of the history of religions, first published in English in 1954, secured the North American reputation of the Romanian eacute;migreacute;-scholar Mircea Eliade (1907-1986). Making reference to an astonishing number of cultures and drawing on scholarship published in no less than half a dozen European languages, Eliade'sThe Myth of the Eternal Returnmakes both intelligible and compelling the religious expressions and activities of a wide variety of archaic and "primitive" religious cultures. While acknowledging that a return to the "archaic" is no longer possible, Eliade passionately insists on the value of understanding this view in order to enrich our contemporary…    
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List price: $28.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 5/8/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 232
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.858

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…    

Jonathan Z. Smith is perhaps the leading theorist working in the study of religions today; he is also a scholar who specializes in Hellenistic and late Antique religions. Trained at Yale University, where he wrote a thesis examining the methods employed in James G. Frazer's mammoth classic, The Golden Bough, Smith has been particularly interested in using the ideas and methods of sociology and anthropology to study religions. Through unrelenting criticism and detailed historical investigations, he has called into question many of the conclusions that an older generation of scholars had reached. His acumen has been directed particularly at the work of Mircea Eliade, who was for years Smith's…    

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