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Introducing the Mythological Crescent : Ancient Beliefs and Imagery connecting Eurasia with Anatolia.

Author: Harald Haarmann; Joan Marler
Publisher: Wiesbaden : Harrassowitz Verlag, 2014.
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There is a broad cultural region with related traditions of mythical beliefs interconnected by long-term contacts during prehistoric times. This area - called here the "Mythological Crescent"--Is a zone of cultural convergence that extends from the ancient Middle East via Anatolia to southeastern Europe, opening into the wide cultural landscape of Eurasia. The very old interconnections between Eurasia and Anatolia  Read more...
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Haarmann, Harald.
Introducing the Mythological Crescent : Ancient Beliefs and Imagery connecting Eurasia with Anatolia.
Wiesbaden : Harrassowitz Verlag, ©2014
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Harald Haarmann; Joan Marler
ISBN: 9783447191852 3447191856
OCLC Number: 882769532
Description: 1 online resource (189 pages)
Contents: Table of contents; Prelude --
Archaeomythology as an interdisciplinary enterprise; Mythopoetic experiences in prehistoric communities --
A redefinition of mythology; Imagery as a key for the reconstruction of ancient beliefs; Mythopoetic narratives in stone; Incentives and challenges for archaeomythological research; 1. The Mythological Crescent --
Constituents of a mythopoetic worldview and cultural convergence; 1.1 Introduction --
On the nature of ancient interconnections; 1.2 Ancient patterns of sociocultural convergence in the Mythological Crescent. 1.3 On the nature of figurines as cultural identifi ers1.4 Figurines and other genres of imagery as diagnostic terms in the Mythological Crescent; 1.5 The Mythological Crescent as a zone of convergence of belief systems; 1.6 Myths of origin: Water fowl and the world egg; 1.7 Female spirits of nature, rivers and lakes in Eurasia; 1.8 The strong women of Greek mythology; Maps; Figures; 1.9 Cybele, the Great Mother of Anatolia, and her daughters; 1.10 The proliferation of female divinities in Sumerian mythology. 2. Figurines as markers of the longevity of belief systems --
Imagery in the mythical world of Eurasian shamanism2.1 Introduction; 2.2 The living-space of the indigenous peoples of northern Eurasia: Environmental dangers, challenges for cultural and spiritual survival; 2.3 Cultural convergence and shamanistic belief systems among the indigenous peoples of the Far North; 2.4 Visual symbolism in a web of mythical conceptualizations; 2.5 The Sacred Trinity in Eurasian symbolism: Female divinity, the bear, and birds. 2.6 Oral tradition and the characteristics of mythical terminology among northern Eurasian peoples2.7 Neo-traditionalism and modern ethnic identity among the peoples of northern Eurasia; 3. The Goddess and the Bear: Hybrid imagery and symbolism at Çatalhöyük; 3.1 Introduction; 3.2 The Visible and the Invisible in culture; 3.3 Hybrid imagery and visual metaphor; 3.4 Neolithic background: Çatalhöyük and its place in the Mythological Crescent; 3.5 The Goddess and the Bear (I): Features of a mythical fusion in early agrarian society; 3.6 The Goddess and the Bear (II): The path of visual metaphor. 3.7 On the perseverance of mythological motifs of larger coinage in AnatoliaBibliography; List of Figures; List of Maps; Subject Index.

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There is a broad cultural region with related traditions of mythical beliefs interconnected by long-term contacts during prehistoric times. This area - called here the "Mythological Crescent"--Is a zone of cultural convergence that extends from the ancient Middle East via Anatolia to southeastern Europe, opening into the wide cultural landscape of Eurasia. The very old interconnections between Eurasia and Anatolia are explored in this study for the first time. In a comparative view, striking similarities can be reconstructed for the ancient belief systems and the imagery of both regions which.

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