By Harald Haarmann

ISBN-10: 160497852X

ISBN-13: 9781604978520

This e-book by means of well known anthropologist Harald Haarmann illuminates the purchase of information, and the meanings underlying kinds of wisdom, in a huge temporal scope, starting from the Neolithic throughout the smooth period. non secular wisdom is on the center of this paintings, which perspectives fantasy and faith encoded in Neolithic woman collectible figurines and revived within the modern "primitive" art of artists reminiscent of Constantin Brancusi and Henry Moore. inside of the sort of framework, this research employs the data and insights of the rather new, and extremely vital, interdisciplinary box of archaeomythology, which ties jointly info from archaeology, DNA experiences, mythology, anthropology, classical reports, different old language reports, and linguistics. This research does so with a wealth of data in those fields, providing significant resolutions to many questions concerning antiquity, and laying off gentle upon numerous formerly misunderstood phenomena, from the genuine functionality of Stonehenge (that its objective used to be now not astronomical), to the truth that there couldn't were a mass circulate of agriculturalists from Anatolia to Europe (this is a at the moment hotly contested issue), to special Eurasian non secular ideals and mythological motifs (with a good dialogue of shamanism), to structures of writing (with an excellent discourse upon historic writing systems), spiritual expression, and mythology of the awfully major cultures of outdated Europe (Neolithic southeastern Europe). The e-book extra discourses upon the legacy of this tradition in Minoan after which Greek tradition, previous ecu (pre-Indo-European) lexical goods (that is, substrate vocabulary) in Greek, and at last the upkeep of Neolithic spirituality in smooth artwork. With this interdisciplinary process, the learn demonstrates that every one of the themes of this manuscript are interconnected, in a strong wholeness. historic wisdom, historical knowledge, historical reasoning is an exceptional research that may charm throughout many disciplines, together with archaeology, mythology, anthropology, classical reviews, historical language stories, and linguistics. The booklet additionally contains many pictures that might turn out necessary to the reader.

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