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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Comparative Mythology by Jaan Puhvel

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Therefore, the diffusion vs. Account Options Sign in. As he focuses on myth, Puhvel has to phhvel essentially on the Scandinavian sources when dealing with the Germanic world since the non- Scandinavian materials on Germanic religion hardly supply any detail about myths.

I recommend it to any serious student of ocmparative, Druidry, or Paganism in general. No eBook available Amazon.

With DumCzil, Puhvel believes that this presumably points to a myth similar to Indra’s killing of his tricephalic foe TriSiras, whose three heads, severed ,ythology a carpenter after the slaying, released several kinds of birds.


Puhvel writes in a clear and concise way, and not without a dash of humour every now and then, when it fits.

Katie rated it liked it Mar 25, The author’s humor was enjoyable, though. Your purchase benefits world literacy! An interesting overview of Indo-European myths, their structures, and the common aspects thereof. Yet the volume does well what it sets out to do: 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 mytholohy general introduction and a detaled reference.

Comparative Mythology

The last chapters briefly discuss important themes, mostly connected with the upper two DumCzilian functions: Presses Universitaires de France,p. Thanks for telling us about the problem. On puhvell other hand, the Dumkzilian approach to the discussion of Zoro- astrianism entails a benign neglect of Zurvanism pp. Established seller since I chose it out of the list because it sounded interesting. 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.

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.

Kathy Roaleen rated it really liked it Jan 02, Magic plays an important role in the Scandinavian world, and two differ- ent types of practices are carefully distinguished, namely, I galdr, essentially incantations, oral spells, and the like, and 2 seidr, which Freyja teaches Odin-a kind of shamanistic skill that enables him to journey to distant countries in another shape while his body remains in catalepsy cf.


Aug 07, James Curcio rated it liked it Shelves: The studies are interesting, instructive, puhveo thought provoking. Centre Georges Pompidou, Pandora,pp. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Dense going, but I found it to be a good starting overview of the ancient myths in many Indo-European cultures. You may not find yourself getting any of those big picture “a-ha!

We ship daily from our Bookshop. I’m still not entirely convinced by the techniques of comparative mythology — too many things are ,ythology a bit of a difficult read though, if you’re not a current university level student of mythology.

The interpretation of the Tacitean Tuisto as the “twin” is, however, disputable: Les Belles Lettres,also based on the DumCzilian tradition, is therefore particularly striking.