Myths of the Dog-man

Myths of the Dog-man

by White (Author)

Synopsis

"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 Ethiopian "Gadla 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; the "nochoy ghajar" (Mongolian for "Dog Country") of the Khitans; the Panju myth of the Southern Man and Yao "barbarians" from chapter 116 of the "History of the Latter Han" and 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"

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Format: Paperback
Pages: 348
Publisher: Chicago University Press
Published: 01 Feb 1991

ISBN 10: 0226895092
ISBN 13: 9780226895093