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Author: Gregory D. Alles
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Title: The Iliad, the Rāmāyana, and the Work of Religion: Failed Persuasion and Religious Mystification (Penn State Series in the History of the Book)
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The Iliad, the Rāmāyana, and the Work of Religion: Failed Persuasion and Religious Mystification (Penn State Series in the History of the Book) by Gregory D. Alles



The aim of this book is to expose and analyze the means by which two classic narratives from two radically different cultures, Valmiki’s Rāmāyana, of ancient India and Homer’s Iliad of classical Greece, ‘mystify’ the social, cultural, and ultimately existential dangers of ‘failed persuasion. Gregory D. Alles is Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Coordinator of Cross-Cultural Studies at Western Maryland College.

This book argues that the Iliad and the Rāmāyana did not construct worlds so much as address them. It argues further that the worlds the Iliad and the Rāmāyana addressed were worlds in which words did not mean so much as persuade. In both ancient Greece and India, persuasion was central to harmonious social interaction. The failure of persuasion marked the limits of the patterns that configured human society; it also threatened social chaos. Gregory Alles seeks to bring an awareness of some of the limits of significant ideological practices in the academic study of religions, especially the pursuit known as the history of religions. In the twentieth century, the history of religions has been formulated as a hermeneutical discipline. Its task has been to understand religious meanings, in whatever way the process of understanding meanings has been conceived.

Gregory Dean Alles, religious studies educator. Member American Academy Religion (coordinator history of religions Mid-Atlantic region since 1989), North America Association for Study of Religions, Association for Asian Studies. The work of the Iliad and the Rāmāyana was to transcend the limits and mystify the threat. They also enabled them to endure up to the present day.

Pennsylvania State University Press, (c)1994. Physical Description: viii, 207 p. ;, 24 cm. Series Statement: Hermeneutics, studies in the history of religions. Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. -197) and index. Personal Name: Homer. Personal Name: Va?lmi?ki. On this site it is impossible to download the book, read the book online or get the contents of a book. The administration of the site is not responsible for the content of the site. The data of catalog based on open source database. All rights are reserved by their owners. Download book The Iliad, the Ra?ma?yan?a, and the work of religion : failed persuasion and religious mystification, Gregory D. Alles.

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This book argues that the Iliad and the Rāmāyana did t construct worlds so much as address them. It argues further that the worlds the Iliad and the Rāmāyana addressed were worlds in which words did t mean so much as persuade.

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One often reads that literature works to construct worlds of meaning. This book argues that the Iliad and the Rāmāyana did not construct worlds so much as address them. It argues further that the worlds the Iliad and the Rāmāyana addressed were worlds in which words did not mean so much as persuade. In both ancient Greece and India, persuasion was central to harmonious social interaction. The failure of persuasion marked the limits of the patterns that configured human society; it also threatened social chaos. The work of the Iliad and the Rāmāyana was to transcend the limits and mystify the threat. In performing this work, the two poems made the configurations of social order fundamentally tenable. They also enabled them to endure up to the present day.

Gregory Alles seeks to bring an awareness of some of the limits of significant ideological practices in the academic study of religions, especially the pursuit known as the history of religions. In the twentieth century, the history of religions has been formulated as a hermeneutical discipline. Its task has been to understand religious meanings, in whatever way the process of understanding meanings has been conceived. This investigation suggests, however, that a hermeneutical history of religions is too narrow. Among other things, it overlooks the religious work that these two poems perform. This study proposes that historians of religions conceive of their task not as hermeneutics but as history, that is, as a principled investigation of events in which religion occurs.