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Myths of the Dog-Man David Gordon White

Myths of the Dog-Man

David Gordon White

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ISBN : 9780226895093
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334 pages
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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:MoreAn 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