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Introduction to Mythology


 

Friedrich Max Müller (1823–1900)

 

If I were asked under what sky the human mind has most fully developed some of its choicest gifts, has most deeply pondered over the greatest problems of life, and has found solutions of some of them which well deserve the attention even of those who have studied Plato and Kant, I should point to India.

Max Müller

 

 

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German Sanskrit Scholar - Became Professor of Comparative Religion at Oxford University

 

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One of the Founders of University-Level Indian Studies in Germany and England

 

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Virtually Created the Academic Discipline of Comparative Religion

 

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From Sanskrit Studies Developed Theory that Mythology Is a "Disease of Language"

 

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Ideas Which Cannot Adequately Be Described in Language Are Expressed in Mythological Stories

 

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All Gods and Mythical Heroes Originated as Representations of the Mysteries of Nature - Especially the Behavior of Astronomical Bodies such as the Sun and Moon

 

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Most Important Work: Sacred Books of the East - English Translations of Asian Religious Writings, Edited by Müller, in 50 Volumes (Published 1879-1910)

 

 


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