Contributions to the Science of Mythology, Volume 2

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Longmans, Green, and Company, 1897 - Mythology

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Page 774 - Council, it may not be out of place to add a few words on the consequences which have either followed or have been supposed to follow from it.
Page 607 - Rudra! 3. May that thunderbolt of thine, which, sent from heaven, traverses the earth, pass us by! A thousand medicines are thine, O thou who art freely accessible; do not hurt us in our kith and kin! 4. Do not strike us, O Rudra, do not forsake us! May we not be in thy way when thou rushest forth furiously.
Page 553 - Adityas seem to have been intended originally for certain manifestations of the sun, whether in the course of the day or in the course of the year.
Page 825 - Brahmanaspati, is the name of a deity in whom the action of the worshipper upon the gods is personified.
Page 817 - ... creator of heaven and earth, and source of light and life, he started originally from nature, from the visible fire on the hearth, or from the sun, or from the fiery meteor that descended from the clouds in the shape of lightning. What we know as a fact in this case we may safely extend to other cases. All Vedic gods, nay all Aryan gods, were in the beginning physical.
Page 450 - Iiidra, doubts about Indra. It sounds strange that for Indra more than for any other god, faith (sraddha) is required in the Vedic hymns. 'When the fiery Indra hurls down the thunderbolt, then people put faith in him,
Page 539 - Tvashtri makes a wedding for his daughter, whereupon the whole world comes together ; the mother of Yama having been wedded, she who is the wife of the • great Vivasvat vanished (x, 17, 1). They hid the immortal one from the mortals, having made one like her, they gave her to Vivasvat ; when that had taken place, she bore the two Asvins, and Saranyu left behind the two twin couples (diva mithuna : x, 17, 2).
Page 451 - That the Aryan mythologies spring from a common source, the one equation of Dyaush-pitar, Zeus irarrip, and Ju-piter has placed once for all beyond the reach of reasonable doubt.
Page 629 - Sabala, the speckled, is the day, Syâma, the daik, is the night."... Sometimes these two dogs represent not only day and night, but even sun and moon. ...Thus we read in Ath.-veda VI, 80: — "He (the sun) flies through the air, looking down upon all beings, we desire to do homage with havis to thee (who art) the majesty of the heavenly dog."...
Page 545 - ... have to account for ; that is our enigma. Once more, Demeter is a goddess of Earth, not of Dawn. How, then, does the explanation of a hypothetical Dawn-myth apply to the Earth? Well, perhaps the story, the unseemly story, was first told of Erinnys (who also is ' the inevitable Dawn ') or of Deo, ' and this name of Deo, or Dyava, was mixed up with a hypokoristic form of Demeter, Deo, and thus led to the transference of her story to Demeter. I know this will sound very unlikely to Greek scholars,...

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