|Subject:||Law||Publisher:||Princeton University Press|
|Published:||November 1st 2018||Series Title:||Mythos: The Princeton/Bollingen Series in World Mythology|
First published in English in 1954, this founding work of the history of religions secured the North American reputation of the Romanian émigré-scholar Mircea Eliade. Making reference to an astonishing number of cultures and drawing on scholarship published in no fewer than half a dozen European languages,The Myth of the Eternal Returnilluminates the religious beliefs and rituals of a wide variety of archaic religious cultures. While acknowledging that a return to their practices is impossible, Eliade passionately insists on the value of understanding their views to enrich the contemporary imagination of what it is to be human. This book includes an introduction from Jonathan Z. Smith that provides essential context and encourages readers to engage in an informed way with this classic text.
Mircea Eliade (1907-1986)was the Sewell L. Avery Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Religions at the University of Chicago. His many books includeShamanism:Archaic Techniques of Ecstasy,Images and Symbols:Studies in Religious Symbolism, andYoga:Immortality and Freedom(all Princeton).Jonathan Z. Smith (1938-2017)was the Robert O. Anderson Distinguished Service Professor of the Humanities at the University of Chicago. He was the author ofImagining Religion:From Babylon to JonestownandRelating Religion:Essays in the Study of Religion.