This groundbreaking and definite book includes description of the: world’s major religions, religious personalities, histories, sacred texts, mythologies, and mystical techniques is a one-volume distillation of Eliade’s three-volume History of Religions Ideas and draws on the sixteen-volume Macmillan Encylopedia of Religion, which Eliade edited. Divided into two parts, part one presents thorough summaries of thirty-three religions, including Buddhism, Christianity, Jainism, Judaism, Islam, Shinto, Shamanism, Taoism, South American religions, Baltic and Slavic religions, Confucianism, and the religions of Africa and Oceania. Part two offers both an index and brief descriptions of key religious figures, sacred books and spiritual themes.
Sweeping, yet rich in detail, this epic guide renders Eliade’s lifework of detailing and comparing humanity’s entire religious heritage accessible and contemporary. Despite his insistence on the historical character of the study of religion, Eliade treated religion systematically. As completed by his successor, Ioan Couliano, this single volume not only provides essential information about all the major religious traditions, it also offers insights into the character and world view of each through analysis and comparison.
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AN A TO Z GUIDE TO THE WORLD'S RELIGIONS PAR EXCELLENCE…
"Given Eliade's incredible drive and his command of languages, one can wonder if any other human mind has ever encompassed as many facts about religion as his did. When we join to this his will to communicate that earned for him his first reputation, that of a novelist, we have the makings for this Guide, which stands as the appropriate valedictory from one of our century's foremost scholars. It is at once a reference work to be returned to repeatedly, and a book that can be read from cover to cover as a record of the human venture in its essential religiousness."
HUSTON SMITH, author of 'The World's Religions'
A Macrodictionary of 33 Major Traditions:
• African Religions
• Australian Religions
• Canaanite Religion
• Celtic Religion
• Central American Religion
• Dualistic Religions
• Egyptian Religion
• Germanic Religion
• Greek Religion
• Hellenisitic Religions
• Hittite Religion
• Indo-European Religion
• Mesopotamian Religion
• Mystery Religions
• North American Religions
• Oceanic Religions
• Prehistoric Religions
• Roman Religions
• Slavic and Baltic Religions
• South American Religions
• Thracian Religion
• Tibetan Religions
Plus 'A Macrodictionary of Religious Figures and Topics'About the Author:
Mircea Eliade founded the modern study of the history of religions and authored many books, including The Sacred and the Profane, Essential Writings from Around the World, and the History of Religious Ideas. He also edited the Encyclopedia of Religion.
Ioan P. Couliano chaired the History of Religions and History of Christianity programs at the University of chicago and authored Out of this World and The Free of Ghosis.
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Book Description HarperSanFrancisco, 1991. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Abridged. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0060621451
Book Description HarperSanFrancisco, 1991. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: This is a one-volume distillation of the 16-volume Macmillan Encyclopaedia of Religion. Drawing on a wealth of data made available by the encyclopaedia, Eliade began work on what was to become this compendium, in which the major religions are arranged in an alphabetical format. The history of 33 religions and information concerning religious events, notions and personalities are listed. The dictionary is arranged in two parts, with the Macro-dictionary containing summaries and explanations of 33 world religions, including Shinto, Shamanism, Taoism, South American religions, Slavic and Baltic religions, Confucianism, Egyptian mystery and Oceanian religions. The Micro-dictionary defines terms and topics of religions as well as providing references to longer explanations in the Macro-dictionary. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0060621451
Book Description HarperSanFrancisco, 1991. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110060621451