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Nature Mythology
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[German Version]

For Greco-Roman antiquity, we need a more extended concept of nature mythology than the understanding that took shape in the 19th century. As the sum of all nature myths (Myth: II, 2), nature mythology covers a broad spectrum of popular narrative from the past that represented the interaction of gods and nature as well as the mutual interaction of various realms of nature (Nature deities). Nature mythology documents the need to explain how nature functions, but also attests to the existence of control mechanisms in discussions of domination an…

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Harich-Schwarzbauer, Henriette, “Nature Mythology”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 18 September 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_124032>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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