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History of Religious Ideas, Volume 1

From the Stone Age to the Eleusinian Mysteries

"No one has done so much as Mr. Eliade to inform literature students in the West about ’primitive’ and Oriental religions. . . . Everyone who cares about the human adventure will find new information and new angles of vision."—Martin E. Marty, New York Times Book Review

508 pages | 6.00 x 9.00 | © 1978

Religion: Comparative Studies and History of Religion

Table of Contents

1. In the Beginning . . . : Magico-Religious Behavior of the Paleanthropians
2. The Longest Revolution: The Discovery of Agriculture—Mesolithic and Neolithic
3. The Mesopotamian Religions
4. Religious Ideas and Political Crises in Ancient Egypt
5. Megaliths, Temples, Ceremonial Centers: Occident, Mediterranean, Indus Valley
6. The Religions of the Hittites and the Canaanites
7. "When Israel Was a Child"
8. The Religion of the Indo-Europeans. The Vedic Gods
9. India before Gautama Buddha: From the Cosmic Sacrifice to the Supreme Identity Atman-Brahman
10. Zeus and the Greek Religion
11. The Olympians and the Heroes
12. The Eleusinian Mysteries
13. Zarathustra and the Iranian Religion
14. The Religion of Israel in the Period of the Kings and the Prophets
15. Dionysus, or Bliss Recovered
List of Abbreviations
Present Position of Studies: Problems and Progress, Critical Bibliographies


The University of Chicago Press: Gordon J. Laing Award

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