Heaven, Heroes, and Happiness: The Indo-European Roots of Western Ideology

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University Press of America, 1995 - Social Science - 430 pages
Heaven, Heroes and Happiness explores Western culture and its pervasive ideology while tracing its roots back to an ancient Proto-Indo-European homeland. This book explores ancient myth, the evidence of language history, and the archaeological record in an endeavor to show that the origin of Western civilization lies much deeper than had been anticipated. Contents: Patterns and Themes of Indo-European Ideology; Unveiling the Indo-European Legacy; The Ideology of Tripartite Completeness; Class, Conflict, and Compromise; 'Fear God'; Heroes with a Cause; The Pursuit of Happiness; Origins and Destinies Reinterpreted; In the Beginning; Ancient Myth in Disguise; The Armageddon Cycle; Indo-European Expansion and Ideological Impact; Twilight of the Goddess; A Collision of Cultures; Linguistic Paleontology; Quest for a Homeland.
 

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Unless you're a fan of Gimbutas and Dumezil, don't bother. Go read Mallory's "In Search of the Indo-Europeans" instead. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Unveiling the IndoEuropean Legacy
11
The Ideology of Tripartite Completeness
41
Class Conflict and Compromise
61
Fear God Trust in God
81
Heroes with a Cause
105
The Pursuit of Happiness
135
In the Beginning
159
The Armageddon Cycle
209
Twilight of the Goddesses
237
A Collision of Cultures
265
Linguistic Paleontology
305
QUEST FOR A HOMELAND
333
NOTES AND REFERENCES
359
SOURCES OF ILLUSTRATIONS
413
INDEX
417

Ancient Myth in Disguise
181

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