Ancient knowledge, Ancient know-how, Ancient reasoning: by Harald Haarmann

By Harald Haarmann

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This booklet via popular anthropologist Harald Haarmann illuminates the purchase of data, and the meanings underlying different types of wisdom, in a extensive temporal scope, starting from the Neolithic during the sleek period. religious wisdom is on the middle of this paintings, which perspectives fantasy and faith encoded in Neolithic lady collectible figurines and revived within the modern "primitive" art of artists akin to Constantin Brancusi and Henry Moore. inside of any such framework, this learn employs the information and insights of the really new, and intensely very important, interdisciplinary box of archaeomythology, which ties jointly details from archaeology, DNA reports, mythology, anthropology, classical experiences, different historical language reports, and linguistics. This examine does so with a wealth of data in those fields, delivering significant resolutions to many questions relating to antiquity, and laying off mild upon numerous formerly misunderstood phenomena, from the genuine functionality of Stonehenge (that its objective used to be now not astronomical), to the truth that there couldn't were a mass circulation of agriculturalists from Anatolia to Europe (this is a presently hotly contested issue), to big Eurasian non secular ideals and mythological motifs (with an exceptional dialogue of shamanism), to platforms of writing (with a superb discourse upon old writing systems), spiritual expression, and mythology of the enormously major cultures of previous Europe (Neolithic southeastern Europe). The e-book additional discourses upon the legacy of this tradition in Minoan after which Greek tradition, outdated eu (pre-Indo-European) lexical goods (that is, substrate vocabulary) in Greek, and at last the renovation of Neolithic spirituality in glossy artwork. With this interdisciplinary procedure, the learn demonstrates that every one of the themes of this manuscript are interconnected, in a robust wholeness. historic wisdom, historic knowledge, old reasoning is an exceptional research that would allure throughout many disciplines, together with archaeology, mythology, anthropology, classical stories, historic language experiences, and linguistics. The booklet additionally contains many photos that may end up valuable to the reader.

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