Myths of the Dog-Man

Myths of the Dog-Man

by David Gordon White
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226895084

ISBN-13: 9780226895086

Pub. Date: 05/28/1991

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

"An impressive and important cross-cultural study that has vast implications for history, religion, anthropology, folklore, and other fields. . . . Remarkably wide-ranging and extremely well-documented, it covers (among much else) the following: medieval Christian legends such as the 14th-century Ethiopian Gadla Hawaryat (Contendings of the Apostles)

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"An impressive and important cross-cultural study that has vast implications for history, religion, anthropology, folklore, and other fields. . . . Remarkably wide-ranging and extremely well-documented, it covers (among much else) the following: medieval Christian legends such as the 14th-century Ethiopian Gadla Hawaryat (Contendings of the Apostles) that had their roots in Parthian Gnosticism and Manichaeism; dog-stars (especially Sirius), dog-days, and canine psychopomps in the ancient and Hellenistic world; the cynocephalic hordes of the ancient geographers; the legend of Prester John; Visvamitra and the Svapacas ("Dog-Cookers"); the Dog Rong ("warlike barbarians") during the Xia, Shang, and Zhou periods; the nochoy ghajar (Mongolian for "Dog Country") of the Khitans; the Panju myth of the Southern Man and Yao "barbarians" from chapter 116 of the History of the Latter Han and variants in a series of later texts; and the importance of dogs in ancient Chinese burial rites. . . . Extremely well-researched and highly significant."—Victor H. Mair, Asian Folklore Studies

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226895086
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
05/28/1991
Series:
Negro American Biographies and Autobiographies Ser.
Edition description:
1
Pages:
348
Product dimensions:
6.21(w) x 9.31(h) x 1.04(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Foreword by Wendy Doniger
Preface
1. Hell Is Other People
2. The Cynocephalic Saint
3. The Cynocephalic Hordes
4. Visvamitra and the Dog-Cookers
5. Dog-Cookers and Other Borderline Cases in Ancient and Medieval India
6. Central Asia: The Vortex of Cynanthropy
7. Chinese Dog-Man Traditions: P'an Hu and the Ch'uan Jung
8. Barbarians in Ancient China
9. Facing Up to Other People
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index

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