The Myth of the Eternal Return: Or, Cosmos and History

The Myth of the Eternal Return: Or, Cosmos and History

Mircea Eliade


This founding paintings of the historical past of religions, first released in English in 1954, secured the North American recognition of the Romanian émigré-scholar Mircea Eliade (1907-1986). Making connection with an dazzling variety of cultures and drawing on scholarship released in not less than part a dozen eu languages, Eliade's The fantasy of the everlasting Return makes either intelligible and compelling the non secular expressions and actions of a large choice of archaic and "primitive" non secular cultures. whereas acknowledging go back to the "archaic" is not any longer attainable, Eliade passionately insists at the price of realizing this view as a way to increase our modern mind's eye of what it truly is to be human. Jonathan Z. Smith's new advent presents the contextual heritage to the publication and offers a severe define of Eliade's argument in a fashion that encourages readers to have interaction in an educated dialog with this vintage text.

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