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- DescriptionThis founding work of the history of religions, first published in English in 1954, secured the North American reputation of the Romanian migr-scholar Mircea Eliade (1907-1986). Making reference to an astonishing number of cultures and drawing on scholarship published in less than half a dozen European languages, Eliade's The Myth of the Eternal Return makes both intelligible and compelling the religious expressions and activities of a wide variety of archaic and primitive religious cultures. While ackwledging that a return to the archaic is longer possible, Eliade passionately insists on the value of understanding this view in order to enrich our contemporary imagination of what it is to be human. Jonathan Z. Smith's new introduction provides the contextual background to the book and presents a critical outline of Eliade's argument in a way that encourages readers to engage in an informed conversation with this classic text.
- Author BiographyBorn in Bucharest in 1907, Mircea Eliade was for many years Sewell L. Avery Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Religions at the University of Chicago. He is the author of, among other books, Shamanism , Images and Symbols , and Yoga (all Princeton). Jonathan Z. Smith is Robert O. Anderson Distinguished Service Professor of the Humanities at the University of Chicago and the author of Imagining Religion: From Babylon to Jonestown and, most recently, Relating Religion: Essays in the Study of Religion .
- Author(s)Mircea Eliade
- PublisherPrinceton University Press
- Date of Publication18/04/2005
- SubjectReligion: Comparative, General & Reference
- Series TitleBollingen Series (General)
- Place of PublicationNew Jersey
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintPrinceton University Press
- Weight257 g
- Width127 mm
- Height203 mm
- Spine15 mm
- Translated byWillard R. Trask
- Introduction byJonathan Z. Smith
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
- Edition StatementRevised edition
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