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By Harald Haarmann

This booklet through popular anthropologist Harald Haarmann illuminates the purchase of information, and the meanings underlying sorts of wisdom, in a wide temporal scope, starting from the Neolithic in the course of the smooth period. religious 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 resembling Constantin Brancusi and Henry Moore. inside this sort of 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 experiences, mythology, anthropology, classical reviews, different historic language stories, and linguistics. This learn does so with a wealth of knowledge in those fields, supplying significant resolutions to many questions concerning antiquity, and laying off gentle upon a number of 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 very good dialogue of shamanism), to structures of writing (with a superb discourse upon historic writing systems), non secular expression, and mythology of the particularly major cultures of outdated Europe (Neolithic southeastern Europe). The booklet additional discourses upon the legacy of this tradition in Minoan after which Greek tradition, outdated eu (pre-Indo-European) lexical goods (that is, substrate vocabulary) in Greek, and eventually the maintenance of Neolithic spirituality in smooth artwork. With this interdisciplinary strategy, the learn demonstrates that each one of the topics of this manuscript are interconnected, in a strong wholeness. old wisdom, historical knowledge, historical reasoning is an remarkable learn that may attraction throughout many disciplines, together with archaeology, mythology, anthropology, classical experiences, historical language experiences, and linguistics. The e-book additionally comprises many pictures that may end up precious to the reader.

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