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

By Harald Haarmann

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This ebook through popular anthropologist Harald Haarmann illuminates the purchase of data, and the meanings underlying different types of wisdom, in a large temporal scope, starting from the Neolithic in the course of the glossy period. non secular wisdom is on the middle of this paintings, which perspectives fantasy and faith encoded in Neolithic woman collectible figurines and revived within the modern "primitive" paintings of artists reminiscent of Constantin Brancusi and Henry Moore. inside this sort of framework, this examine employs the information and insights of the particularly new, and extremely very important, interdisciplinary box of archaeomythology, which ties jointly info from archaeology, DNA reviews, mythology, anthropology, classical reports, different historic language reviews, and linguistics. This examine does so with a wealth of data in those fields, providing significant resolutions to many questions relating to antiquity, and laying off gentle upon numerous formerly misunderstood phenomena, from the real functionality of Stonehenge (that its goal was once now not astronomical), to the truth that there couldn't were a mass move of agriculturalists from Anatolia to Europe (this is a presently hotly contested issue), to big Eurasian spiritual ideals and mythological motifs (with a superb dialogue of shamanism), to platforms of writing (with an excellent discourse upon historic writing systems), spiritual expression, and mythology of the enormously major cultures of outdated Europe (Neolithic southeastern Europe). The e-book additional discourses upon the legacy of this tradition in Minoan after which Greek tradition, previous eu (pre-Indo-European) lexical goods (that is, substrate vocabulary) in Greek, and eventually the maintenance of Neolithic spirituality in smooth artwork. With this interdisciplinary strategy, the learn demonstrates that every one of the topics of this manuscript are interconnected, in a robust wholeness. old wisdom, historical knowledge, historic reasoning is an unheard of learn that would allure throughout many disciplines, together with archaeology, mythology, anthropology, classical experiences, historical language stories, and linguistics. The publication additionally comprises many photographs that may turn out priceless to the reader.

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