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This ebook via popular anthropologist Harald Haarmann illuminates the purchase of information, and the meanings underlying types of wisdom, in a extensive temporal scope, starting from the Neolithic during the sleek period. non secular wisdom is on the middle of this paintings, which perspectives delusion and faith encoded in Neolithic lady collectible figurines and revived within the modern "primitive" paintings of artists reminiscent of Constantin Brancusi and Henry Moore. inside the sort of framework, this learn employs the information and insights of the rather new, and extremely very important, interdisciplinary box of archaeomythology, which ties jointly details from archaeology, DNA experiences, mythology, anthropology, classical reports, different historic language reports, and linguistics. This learn does so with a wealth of data in those fields, delivering significant resolutions to many questions concerning antiquity, and laying off gentle upon a number of formerly misunderstood phenomena, from the genuine functionality of Stonehenge (that its function was once now not astronomical), to the truth that there couldn't were a mass circulation of agriculturalists from Anatolia to Europe (this is a at the moment hotly contested issue), to big Eurasian spiritual ideals and mythological motifs (with a great dialogue of shamanism), to platforms of writing (with an excellent discourse upon old writing systems), spiritual expression, and mythology of the enormously major cultures of previous Europe (Neolithic southeastern Europe). The booklet extra 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 at last the renovation of Neolithic spirituality in sleek paintings. With this interdisciplinary method, the research demonstrates that each one of the themes of this manuscript are interconnected, in a robust wholeness. old wisdom, old knowledge, historical reasoning is an unparalleled research that would attraction throughout many disciplines, together with archaeology, mythology, anthropology, classical stories, historic language reports, and linguistics. The e-book additionally contains many photos that may end up worthwhile to the reader.

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