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George Jaroszkiewicz

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198718062

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198718062.001.0001

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Cultural images of time

Cultural images of time

(p.42) 4 Cultural images of time
Images of Time

George Jaroszkiewicz

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses cosmogony and theogony, or the origin of time and gods, as imagined by early cultures. It explores the perception of time in a variety of cultures, ranging from prehistoric times to the present. The discussion ranges over the Stone Age, the Mesopotamians, the Middle East, the Europeans, the Central Americans, the Australian Aboriginals, and the Far East. The Julian and Gregorian calendars are reviewed. Specific attention is given to the significance of time in various religions including Ancient Egyptian, Mithraism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. The Mayan calendar and its focus on mathematical cycles is discussed in some detail.

Keywords:   cosmogony, theogony, Stone Age, Mesopotamians, Australian Aboriginals, Ancient Egyptians, Julian calendar, Middle East, Far East

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