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A history of religious ideas

Author: Mircea Eliade
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, ©1978-©1985.
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Examines the religions of ancient China, Brahmanism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Celtic and German religions, Judaism, and Christianity, and explores each one's philosophical concepts.
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Genre/Form: History
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Eliade, Mircea, 1907-1986.
History of religious ideas.
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, ©1978-©1985
(OCoLC)707081210
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mircea Eliade
ISBN: 0226204006 9780226204000 0226204057 9780226204055 0226204014 9780226204017 0226204030 9780226204031 0226204049 9780226204048 0226204022 9780226204024
OCLC Number: 3433560
Notes: Translation of Histoire des croyances et des idées religieuses.
Vol. 3 translated by Alf Hiltebeitel and Diane Apostolow-Cappadona.
Description: 3 volumes ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. From the stone age to the Eleusinian mysteries --
2. From Gautama Buddha to the triumph of Christianity --
3. From Muhammad to the Age of Reform. V. 1. From the stone age to the Eleusinian mysteries. In the beginning: magico-religious behavior of the Paleanthropians ; The longest revolution: the discovery of agriculture, Mesolithic and Neolithic ; The Mesopotamian religions ; Religious ideas and political crises in ancient Egypt ; Megaliths, temples, ceremonial centers: Occident, Mediterranean, Indus Valley ; The religions of the Hittites and the Canaanites ; "When Israel was a child" ; The religion of the Indo-Europeans, the Vedic gods ; India before Gautama Buddha: from the cosmic sacrifice to the supreme identity Atman-Brahman ; Zeus and the Greek religion ; The Olympians and the heroes ; The Eleusinian mysteries ; Zarathustra and the Iranian religion ; The religion of Israel in the period of the kings and the prophets ; Dionysus, or bliss recovered --
v. 2. From Gautama Buddha to the triumph of Christianity. The religions of ancient China ; Brahmanism and Hinduism: the first philosophies and techniques of salvation ; The Buddha and his contemporaries ; The message of the Buddha: from the terror of the eternal return to the bliss of the inexpressible ; Roman religion: from its origins to the prosecution of the Bacchanals ; Celts, Germans, Thracians, and Getae ; Orpheus, Pythagoras, and the new eschatology ; The history of Buddhism from Mahakasyapa to Nagarjuna, Jainism after Mahavira ; The Hindu synthesis: the Mahabharata and the Bhagavad Gita ; The ordeals of Judaism: from apocalypse to exaltation of the Torah ; Syncretism and creativity in the Hellenistic period: the promise of salvation ; New Iranian syntheses ; The birth of Christianity ; Paganism, Christianity, and Gnosis in the Imperial Period ; The twilight of the gods --
v. 3. From Muhammad to the age of reforms. The religions of ancient Eurasia: Turko-Mongols, Finno-Ugrians, Balto-Slavs ; The Christian churches up to the iconoclastic crisis (eighth to ninth centuries) ; Muhammad and the unfolding of Islam ; Western Catholicism from Charlemagne to Joachim of Floris ; Muslim theologies and mystical traditions ; Judaism from the Bar Kokhba revolt to Hasidism ; Religious movements in Europe: from the late Middle Ages to the eve of the Reformation ; Religion, magic, and Hermetic traditions before and after the Reformation ; Tibetan religions.
Other Titles: Histoire des croyances et des idées religieuses.
Responsibility: Mircea Eliade ; translated from the French by Willard R. Trask.

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