The Indo-European Myth of Creation

  title={The Indo-European Myth of Creation},
  author={Bruce Lincoln},
  journal={History of Religions},
  pages={121 - 145}
  • B. Lincoln
  • Published 1 November 1975
  • History
  • History of Religions
Myths of origins have always held a certain fascination for the historian of religions, and for many scholars the creation myth has become the chief mode of entry into a foreign culture. The method is a tried and proven one, and any number of rich studies have come as a result of careful investigation of creation accounts.' Certainly there is ample reason why this should be so, for the cosmogonic myth is the myth which establishes the order of the world and thus has important social, material… Expand
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