Vertikale Hierarchie und archaische Sakralität: Zur mythopoësis des Fußes

Scherer, B. (2012) Vertikale Hierarchie und archaische Sakralität: Zur mythopoësis des Fußes. Paragrana: Internationale Zeitschrift fur Historische Anthropologie, 21 (1). pp. 129-143. ISSN 0938-0116.

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Abstract

This article examines aspects of the Indo-European and Ancient Near Eastern mythopoësis of the human body. Utilizing post-Eliadic historical and philological phenomenology, the article argues that the homological hierarchical symbolism of the human body in myth and poetry reflects the archaic religious psychology of verticality. Indo-Iranian cosmogony and sociogony, body metaphors of subjugation and healing and the specific pattern of the mythopoësis of the foot and its implications for Indo-Iranian rites and culture are analyzed. In the concluding case study the close reading of the Purāṇic Diti narrative exemplifies the decisive role vertical hierarchy plays in Indian thought and myth.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion > BL0300 The myth. Comparative mythology
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion > BL0074 Religions of the world
Divisions: pre Nov-2014 > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Theology and Religious Studies
Depositing User: Professor B Scherer
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2012 15:37
Last Modified: 11 Dec 2014 14:10
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/11353

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