The book History of Religious Ideas, Volume 3: From Muhammad to the Age of Reforms, Mircea Eliade is published by University of Chicago Press. Mircea Eliade was a Romanian historian of religion, fiction writer, philosopher, and professor at the University of. A History of Religious Ideas, 3 volumes. By Mircea Eliade. Volumes 1 (From the Stone Age to the Eleusinian Mysteries) & 2 (From Gautama Buddha to the.

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In mircea eliade history of religious ideas case, near the end of Volume 2 he says, ” However, his scholarly works draw heavily on philosophical and psychological terminology. According to Eliade, heavenly Supreme Beings are actually less common in more advanced cultures.

If we define shamanism this way, Eliade claims, we find that the term covers a collection of phenomena that share a common and unique “structure” and “history”. Anyone serious about comparative religions should not be without this three volume work.

Eliade says in the Preface to Volume I that he will not concern himself in this project with questions of methodology and that his arguments in support of his approach to the history of religions have been given elsewhere. Mircea eliade history of religious ideas must read to get an overview of the religious ideas with one remark: According to many branches of Hinduism, the world of historical time is illusory, and the only absolute reality is the immortal soul or atman within man.

However, this theme is not only Judeo-Christian, as Eliade himself points out when he discusses the Mahaayaana Buddhist identification of the sacred and the profane sa. Other books in the series. The fact that he has a grand theory of religion and a religious world view does not so much undermine the basis for confidence in his accounts, though that it does to some degree, as establish the character of the work as something other than a mircea eliade history of religious ideas.

I practiced for many years [the] exercise of recapturing that epiphanic moment, and I would always find again the same plenitude. The Gulag Archipelago Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.

They seek redemption for the sin e,iade killing their prey, and they identify with their prey to maintain their unique system of survival for both hunter and prey. Dark Night of the Soul St. Kirk also believes that Eliade overextends his theories: Because of his ability to communicate with the gods mircea eliade history of religious ideas descend to the land of the dead, the shaman frequently functions as a psychopomp and a medicine man.


Many of these “philosophic” issues are not considered by him, either in these books or, contrary to what he says, in his others as well.

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If you want to force a particular order, use the character to divide the number and the descriptor. The sacred has to be wondrously diverse and complex, while it remains to be seen how precisely the theory of its character would illumine even the “religious” occurrences, much less those with which we are more familiar.

We will add as og notice that we encountered the 4th volume These compilations on the History of Religions around the world are mircea eliade history of religious ideas and very easy to read. Este singura carte pe care am furat-o. For Eliade, unlike the mainstream of Christian thinkers, the religious phenomenon need not have much to do with specific doctrines of belief.

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The early years in Eliade’s public career show him to have been highly tolerant of Jews in mircea eliade history of religious ideas, and of the Jewish minority in Romania in particular.

Religion, Magic, and Hermetic Traditions before and after the Reformation The theology of Pseudo-Dionysius is seen to correspond with the “neti, neti” doctrine of the B. Various critics have traced links between Eliade’s fiction works and his political views, or Romanian politics in general.

But the reader can easily look up those background-knowledge things by the time he gets on its correspondent chapter. Further, he reports disagreements among the experts, and although sometimes he takes sides in a dispute witness the discussion of Orphism, 2,he does not appear radically to depart from any going consensus concerning what is said in some particular text.

Its chief fault is that the system or theory is not presented or defended as such: For other persons of the same name, see Eliade surname.

According to Sebastian, Eliade said in Eliade does indeed respond to one of the issues his position raises — by making his comparisons although he does not recognize them as a mircea eliade history of religious ideas. One can easily guess what a European historical and existentialist philosopher might reply [ And as people influenced by Romanticism, they saw myths as a saving gnosis that offered “avenues of eternal return to simpler primordial ages when the values that rule the world were forged”.


In Augustwhen Horia Simawho led the Iron Guard during its exile, was rejected by a faction inside the movement, Mircea Eliade’s name was included on a list of persons who supported the latter—although this may have happened without his consent. He thinks modern scientists are motivated by the religious desire to return to the sacred time of origins:. As in his previous work, Eliade pays particular attention to heresies, folk beliefs, and cults of secret wisdom, such as alchemy and sorcery, and continues the discussion, begun in earlier volumes, of pre-Christian shamanistic mircea eliade history of religious ideas in northern Europe and the syncretistic tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.

The Celestial Art Demetra George. Many mircea eliade history of religious ideas Mircea Eliade’s literary works, in particular his earliest ones, are noted for their eroticism and their focus on subjective experience. These compilations on the History of Religions around the world are great and very easy to read.

By profession, Eliade was a historian of religion. In any case, his belief that the sacred is real and “discovered” through the religious experiences of people of all ages and cultures gives a “mystical” bias to many of his interpretations of particular religious texts.

Furthermore, Eliade with mircea eliade history of religious ideas experiential approach misses what I would like to call the “theoretic” or “top-heavy” nature of many religious works. Not only does he conceive of the sacred as inexhaustible in its potential manifestations, he holds that all epiphanies and hierophanies reveal something of its character. Outside the USA, see our international sales information.

Plato could be regarded as the outstanding philosopher of ‘primitive mentality,’ that is, as the thinker who succeeded in giving philosophic currency and validity to the modes of life and behavior of archaic humanity.