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Mitra-Varuna: An Essay on Two Indo-European Representations of Sovereignty

Nor, indeed, is there anything exceptional in a myth that gives rise to georgex philosophy. These are the suryavamsah on the one hand, and the candravamsah or somavamsah on the dymezil. This mythological consonance between Rome and the Germanic world is reinforced by a linguistic one: Mitra-Varuna, a penetrating inquiry into the first of these functions – religious and political sovereignty – is among the first of his texts to implement this revolutionary theory.

Needless to say, such an interpretation is to be viewed within a more general system that, as the ritualistic literature suggests or states in many places, is based on the dogma of the omnipotence of sacrifice.

The comparison between the two systems is typological, and the word servavere no more signifies a borrowing in the case of Summanus than in the case of Jupiter, to whom he stands in opposition. I shall not add to this mental frittering. A few of Dumezil’s ideas in this book are out-of-date, including at least one fairly major identification he draws, and his georgws in general are always debated, but this is still an interesting read, and Georgew highly recommend it to anyone interested in Indo-European mythology.

Two groups of Luperci, made up of young men from the equestrian order, ran through the city naked geogges for leather belts striking females with thongs of goatskin in order to make them fertile.

First, the longer the work goes on, the further off the moment of a harmonious and satisfying synthesis appears.

Can the analogy be pushed any further? I took from my subjects their treasures and their jewels, and even their victuals; and until now no one had taxed or fined them. Of his two eyes, the story says sectionone, habitually closed, sprang open only on the varhna of battle, when it shot death at those unfortunate enough to be struck by his gaze.


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To say that Livy took this or that from Valerius Antias does not mean that we know varyna Valerius Antias invented it or borrowed it, with a greater or lesser degree of distortion, either from a particular author, genteel tradition or mere rumor.

I hold tothe contents of this section, even though it provides easy prey for specialists georgges Roman law. The little each of us discovers therefore ought to be paid into the common account of human knowledge without too much delay, without any thought of first amassing a great treasure.

Sylvain Levi, in his Doctrine du Sacrifice pp.

Mitra-Varuna: An Essay on Two Indo-European Representations of Sovereignty by Georges Dumézil

Translated into French by M. Iuno Februa Februata, or Febru a lis and Februus. New search User lists Site feedback Ask a librarian Help. The feast of Mihra Mithrakana, Mihragan, Mihrjan Baruna so, evidence of that importance still persisted in the ritual itself: This was a surprising intellectual dilemma, and some authors, whose reasons are clearly put forth by Dionysius of Halicarnassus Roman Antiquities, II, 75; cf.

The rites were performed by a brotherhood that played no other role in Roman life but which, on that one day alone, threw asideall restraint.

His entire Yast depicts him as embattled, and he is closely associated varunz Vrthragna, the spirit of offensive victory. Browse titles authors subjects uniform titles series callnumbers dewey numbers starting from optional. Second, the episodes of Codes and Scaevola are two episodes in a single war, which, thanks to Scaevola, is definitively ended by the pact of peace and friendship, whereas the Tuatha De Danann fight two successive wars, the first ended by a peace pact, the second by the extermination of their enemy.

Both at Sceaux and in Paris, Marcel Granet followed with his kindly eye the progress mmitra an endeavor already so much in his debt.

Satapatha Brahmana, XII, 9,1,1. In the first place, it must fall within the intentions of the Zoroastrian reformers who extended their moral system even to the field of war, as well as to the particular form of relations there between warrior power and the royal administration. In contrast, the flamen dialis must neither touch nor name either dog or goat Plutarch, Roman Questions,where, varuns the case of the dog, Plutarch himself teorges the contrast between the two behaviors.


Once bound, the wolf will not be able to free itself, Tyr will lose his hand, but the gods will be saved. Just as my work on Uranos-Varuna left in shadow an essential aspect of sovereignty – the aspect of the couple – so I can foresee that the present work has left in shadow a whole sheaf of problems: Manu, Numa and Manius And now we are touching on a divinity and a type of legend that must have been common among the Latins, since they are met with not only in Rome but also in Aricia.

How can one make the adversary appear to be in the wrong when he is plainly in the right? That publication contained all the worthwhile results of the first lecture course I was asked to give, under the auspices of Sylvain Levi, at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes in The Indo- Iranians already possessed a name for and a precise representation of the divine weapon: Solar Dynasty and Lunar Dynasty: The contrary is true.

I am thus led to inquire whether the antithesis that 45 MITRA-VARUNA underlies the two priesthoods, these two organs of magico-religious sovereignty, is not to be found in the history of the two first kings, the two sovereign-archetypes of Roman history. The Taittirlya Samhita VI, 4, 8 states the same fact in cosmogonic terms: Whatever the details of these developments, that at least is their probable direction.

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Their disabilities form a couple, as do their functions; and this parallelism suggests that we ought perhaps to investigate whether there is in fact any interdependence, at least on a vxruna level, between the disabilities and the functions. Perhaps, in pagan times, it was a pathway to the other world, inhabited by a spirit of that other world? Enough, also, to define their limits and originality.