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Myths of the Dog-Man [Paperback]

Item : Myths of the Dog-Man [Paperback]
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Author Author : White, David Gordon
ISBN-10 ISBN-10 : 0226895092
ISBN-13 ISBN-13 : 9780226895093
Publisher Publisher : University Of Chicago Press
Pages Pages : 348
Binding Binding : Paperback
Item ID : 100010740

An impressive and important cross-cultural study that has vast implications for history, religion, anthropology, folklore, and other fields. . . . Remarkably wide-ranging and extremely well-documented, it covers (among much else) the following: medieval Christian legends such as the 14th-century EthiopianGadla Hawaryat(Contendings of the Apostles) that had their roots in Parthian Gnosticism and Manichaeism; dog-stars (especially Sirius), dog-days, and canine psychopomps in the ancient and Hellenistic world; the cynocephalic hordes of the ancient geographers; the legend of Prester John; Visvamitra and the Svapacas ( Dog-Cookers ); the Dog Rong ( warlike barbarians ) during the Xia, Shang, and Zhou periods; thenochoy ghajar(Mongolian for Dog Country ) of the Khitans; the Panju myth of the Southern Man and Yao barbarians from chapter 116 of theHistory of the Latter Hanand variants in a series of later texts; and the importance of dogs in ancient Chinese burial rites. . . . Extremely well-researched and highly significant. —Victor H. Mair,Asian Folklore Studies
David Gordon Whiteis a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia. He divides his time among the United States, Europe, and India.
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Foreword by Wendy Doniger
Preface
1. Hell Is Other People
2. The Cynocephalic Saint
3. The Cynocephalic Hordes
4. Visvamitra and the Dog-Cookers
5. Dog-Cookers and Other Borderline Cases in Ancient and Medieval India
6. Central Asia: The Vortex of Cynanthropy
7. Chinese Dog-Man Traditions: P'an Hu and the Ch'uan Jung
8. Barbarians in Ancient China
9. Facing Up to Other People
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index

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