By Mircea Eliade
This quantity completes the immensely discovered three-volume A heritage of non secular principles. Eliade examines the circulation of Jewish concept out of historical Eurasia, the Christian transformation of the Mediterranean zone and Europe, and the increase and diffusion of Islam from nearly the 6th throughout the 17th centuries. Eliade's huge wisdom of prior and current scholarship presents a synthesis that's remarkable. as well as reviewing fresh interpretations of the person traditions, he explores the interactions of the 3 religions and indicates their carrying on with mutual effect to be sophisticated yet unmistakable.
As in his earlier paintings, Eliade can pay specific cognizance to heresies, folks ideals, and cults of mystery knowledge, comparable to alchemy and sorcery, and keeps the dialogue, started in prior volumes, of pre-Christian shamanistic practices in northern Europe and the syncretistic culture of Tibetan Buddhism. those subcultures, he continues, are as very important because the better-known orthodoxies to a whole realizing of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
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597-630. 77. Cf. II matriarcato Slavo, pp. 5ff. Gasparini recalls other non-Indo-European traits: matrilocal weddings (pp. ); the existence-at least among the southern Slavs-of a maternal clan (pp. ); the authority of the maternal uncle (pp. ); the periodic return of the wife to her paternal home (pp. ). 78. , pp. 472ff. 79. , pp. , 597ff. Rites, myths, and beliefs of the Old Slavs 35 §4). The leshy becomes subsequently the protector of herds. Equally ancient is the belief that certain spirits of the forest (domovoi) penetrate into dwellings while they are being constructed.
2, pp . 20-50, summarized in Shamanism, pp . 19097. 33 . In order to give a striking image to his passage, he totters and almost falls. At the water's edge he perceives the bones of innumerable shamans who have fallen there , for a sinner cannot cross over the bridge . 34. Potanin, summarized in Shamanism , pp. 200-203. The meaning and importance of shamanism 19 As we shall soon see, these ecstatic descents into Hell have had a considerable importance in the religion and culture of the Altaic peoples.
98. Such an interpretation of the folklore is not shared by certain scholars. See the controversy on the archaic character of the dainas, below, in Present Position of Studies, §249. 60. Certain Slavic groups formed part of Attila's hordes; cf. Gimbutas, The Slavs, pp. 98ff. 30 THE RELIGIONS OF ANCIENT EURASIA in Russia and the Baltic region. But the only written sources on the religion of the ancient Slavs are later than Christianity. Even where they are available, the ethnic paganism which they present has reached a decadent state.
A History of Religious Ideas: From Muhammad to the Age of Reforms by Mircea Eliade