By Mircea Eliade

Publish 12 months note: initially released in French lower than the
title Histoire des croyances et des idees religieuses. Vol. 1: De [,age de l. a. pierre
aux mysteres d'Eleusis
Payot, Paris, 1976.

"No one has performed quite a bit as Mr. Eliade to notify literature scholars within the West approximately 'primitive' and Oriental religions. . . . every person who cares concerning the human event will locate new info and new angles of vision."— Martin E. Marty, long island instances ebook Review

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The domestication of food plants: Origin myths Since 1960 it has been known that villages preceded the discovery of agriculture. C. It is also known that, contrary to what was thought until quite recently, the cultivation of Graminaceae and the domestication of animals preceded the making of pottery. Agriculture properly speaking-that is, the cultivation of cereals-developed in Southwest Asia and Central America.

Alexander Marshak, The Roots of Civilization, pp. 81 ff. Equally significant is the ability of the Paleolithics accurately to observe and draw the phases of plant life (see Marshak, Roots, pp. , and his" Le baton de com man dement de Montgaudier (Charente)," pp. 329 ff. Rites, thought, and imagination 23 Whatever may be thought of Marshak's general theory concerning the development of civilization, the fact remains that the lunar cycle was analyzed, memorized, and used for practical purposes some 15,000 years before the discovery of agriculture.

271. The controversy concerning deposits of bones 15 ritual deposits. As to the semantic opacity of the bone deposits whose authenticity is certain, parallels are found among contemporary Arctic hunters. In itself, the deposit is simply the expression of a magico-religious intentionality; the particular meanings of the act become accessible to us only through the information communicated by members of the respective societies. We then learn whether the skulls and long bones represent offerings to a Supreme Being or a Lord of Wild Beasts, or whether, on the contrary, they are preserved in the hope that they will be covered with flesh again.

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