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These 130 articles explore mythologies in societies from India to Japan. Among the many topics are Buddhist and Hindu symbolic systems, myth in pre-Islamic Iran, Indonesian rites of passage, Chinese cosmology and demons, and Japanese conceptions of t...
Roman and European Mythologies
This volume begins with Roman myths and traces their influence in early Christian and later European literature. Ninety-five entries by leading scholars cover subjects such as sacrificial cults and rites in pre-Roman Italy, Roman religion and its ori...
Returns of Fetishism
Charles de Brosses and the Afterlives of an Idea
For more than 250 years, Charles de Brosses's term "fetishism" has exerted great influence over our most ambitious thinkers. Used as an alternative to "magic" but nonetheless expressing the material force of magical thought, de Brosses's term has pro...
The Search for Jewish Origins and the Politics of Epistemology
"The Genealogical Science" analyzes the scientific work and social implications of the flourishing field of genetic history. A biological discipline that relies on genetic data in order to reconstruct the geographic origins of contemporary population...
Specter of Salem
Remembering the Witch Trials in Nineteenth-Century America
In "The Specter of Salem", Gretchen A. Adams reveals the many ways that the Salem witch trials loomed over the American collective memory from the Revolution to the Civil War and beyond. Schoolbooks in the 1790s, for example, evoked the episode to de...
Ancient Mesopotamia at the Dawn of Civilization
The Evolution of an Urban Landscape
ISBN: PB: 9780226142371,
ISBN: HB: 9780226013770,
University of Chicago Press
15.2x22.8 cm, 10 halftones, 9 maps, 6 line drawings, 1 figure, 1 table
The alluvial lowlands of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers in southern Mesopotamia are widely known as the "cradle of civilization", owing to the scale of the processes of urbanization that took place in the area by the second half of the fourth millen...
Our Evolving Relationship with Food
In this gustatory tour of human history, John S. Allen demonstrates that the everyday activity of eating offers deep insights into human beings' biological and cultural heritage.
We humans eat a wide array of plants and animals, but unlike other omn...
How the Ordinary Became Extraordinary
ISBN: HB: 9781780236636,
In "Everyday Life" Joseph A. Amato offers a panoramic account of the evolution of our daily existence and reflects on the complex and changing textures of everyday life. Beginning with societies of scarcity and relative lack of change and ending with...
Conquest and Community
The Afterlife of Warrior Saint Ghazi Miyan
Few topics in South Asian history are as contentious as that of the Turkic conquest of the Indian subcontinent that began in the twelfth century and led to a long period of Muslim rule. How is a historian supposed to write honestly about the bloody h...
Fate of Rural Hell
Asceticism and Desire in Buddhist Thailand
ISBN: PB: 9780857424020,
ISBN: HB: 9780857420275,
13.9x19.8 cm, 24 colour illus.
In 1975, when political scientist Benedict Anderson reached Wat Phai Rong Wua, a massive temple complex in rural Thailand conceived by Buddhist monk Luang Phor Khom, he felt he had wandered into a demented Disneyland. One of the world's most bizarre...