English] Mitra-Varuna: an essay on two Indo-European representations / Georges Dumezil. Inc. translated by Derek Coltman p.I’ 3-dcI9 BL6. Indo- European. In his work, the late Georges Dumézil, arguably the most important modern mythologist, In effect, Mitra-Varuna presents an archaeology of representations of. Mitra-Varuna by Georges Dumezil, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

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At first sight this appears not to be the case: It is the proof of his powers, so that when the unknown one-eyed figure appears in battles, for example, then the moment of destiny is at hand, and those involved-are left in no doubt of the fact.

I find the book most rewarding for all the comparisons between the various Indo-European cultures he brings u A few of Dumezil’s ideas in this book are out-of-date, including at least one fairly major identification he draws, and his ideas in general are always debated, but this is still an interesting read, and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in Indo-European mythology.

He had tasted the joy of a more august companionship and had been honored with a celestial marriage.

The Irish, and the sedentary Celts in general, of the period after the great migrations, are of the Roman and Indo-Iranian type with respect to property. In my Mythes et dieux des Germains p. AeneidXII, In Mitra-Varuna he develops this general theory but concentrates on the most important of these functions: The flamen dialis may not touch or even name a dog Plutarch, Roman Questions, ; the brahman may not read the Vedas when he hears a dog bark Manu, IV nor eat food that has touched a mitrz, or has come from people who breed dogs ibid.

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To learn more about Copies Direct watch this short online video. The work of the Iranian reformers would then have consisted in a successful attempt to improve the morals of this ancient sorcerer, on the one hand, and, on the other, to isolate him in a position far above all other divine entities cf.

Jupiter Feretrius, Jupiter Stator, both are Jupiter as king, violent and victorious. One group ensures a continuous fecundity against interruption and accident; the other makes good an accident and reestablishes an interrupted fecundity.

They also stand opposed like Varuna kitra Mitra, with whom there is an even more exact correspondence with the Roman couple – with a masculine form of Fides – Jupiter and Dius Fidius. Yes, I know that there is a difference between a hundred and one. Horace et les Curiaces, p.


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As if that terrible god was not capable of consistency, could not act, could not become accessible, except by night; as if he could not even appear without bringing on the night. Thanks for telling us about the problem. A tale in Snorri, with which the philologists have wreaked no small havoc, but which I along with Jan de Vries, it would appear persist in regarding as based on early material, recounts at length how Tyr came to lose his hand Gylfa- ginning, 35; cf.

Mutra truth his whole career, from start to finish, is that of a bachelor, and he establishes a harshly unfair regime of marital repudiation, much to the detriment of married women Plutarch, Romulus, Want to Read saving….

Mitra-Varuna: An Essay on Two Indo-European Representations of Sovereignty

The Romans portrayed Romulus, like the Luperci, in as supernatural a fashion as their rational imaginations allowed, whereas Numa was seen as part of the complete, reassuring humanity of the priesthoods dummezil instituted. Order a copy Copyright or permission restrictions may apply. The best known of these three traditions is the one concerning the head of Mimr, which possesses knowledge of the runes and teaches it to Odhinn.

Then, quite suddenly, during a lecture in the winter ofalmost as a reward for so many failed but constantly renewed attempts, so much tentative but unremitting research, I glimpsed the fact that dominates and structures a large part of the material: Marcel Granet LaPensee Chinoise, pp.

The earthly king Pururavas is united with the nymph UrvasI, who lives with him on the condition – as in the Psyche and Melusine stories – that he never show himself naked to her. Muir Original Sanskrit Texts, V,p. This link has already varuma proposed see the state of the question in F. The extent of that domain needs to be measured: This unanimity among our authors makes it plain enough that there was something superhuman about Codes in this battle.

Mitra-Varuna: An Essay on Two Indo-European Representations of Sovereignty by Georges Dumézil

How can this fail to bring to mind the famous scene i n which the pious, ultra-correct Numa bargains with Jupiter to obtain immunity from his thunderbolts, without having to make a human sacrifice – even though, in this case, the roles run more true to form?

By means of the nexum, a humilis would bind himself to a potens and would accept bond-service of some kind, because no more-balanced form of exchange is conceivable between them. But for the present I shall pass by the temples of Greece without entering – consigned punishment, perhaps, for having explored them without sufficient prudence in my earliest forays.


Such agreement leads one to think that this theme was customary in the symbolism and mythology of cosmic sovereignty, as early as the time of the Indo- European community. I find the book most rewarding for all the comparisons between the various Indo-European cultures he brings up, and less so for his ultimate argument. Odhinn, becoming apprehensive, then turns to the Black Elves, who are ironworkers, and has them make a magic leash that looks no stronger than a silken thread.

Such ruses are customary in India cf. Sanatkumara came down from the world of Brahma and addressed a warning to him, which he did not heed.

His greatest concern is justice, and the reason he wishes to dissuade the Romans from war is because war engenders injustice Georves, Parallel between Lycurgus and Numa, 2. Second, for the opposition it depicts between the impetus of the free iuvenis and the gravitas of the flamen.

A founding work of comparative, mythology, it is today a seminal essay in the archaeology of power. Perhaps a time will come when we will be able to make a probable distinction regarding, not only the relations of Uranos and Zeus, but also those of Uranos and Oceanos and of both with Kronos, between the Aegean data and the shreds of Indo-European material that have successfully survived around the names of the personages which are either certainly or probably Indo-European.

Both at Sceaux and in Paris, Marcel Granet followed with his kindly eye the progress of an endeavor already so much in his debt. These two gods appear as a couple and in that order, heading the list of Aryan gods called upon to guarantee a Hittite-Mitanian Hurrite treaty in the 14th century b. Schlurpi rated it it was amazing Apr 18, Gustavo Melro rated it it was amazing Aug 02, In the case of the Viking Egill, the grimace forms part of a heroic gesture that is, apparently, traditional, since it is understood by the person at whom it is directed.

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