Posts Tagged 'Max Muller'

Cryptoquote Spoiler – June 1st, 2013

English: Flower of Arctotis sp.

English: Flower of Arctotis sp. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A flower cannot blossom without sunshine, and man cannot live without love.”   —   Max Müller

Friedrich Max-Müller, by George Frederic Watts...

Friedrich Max-Müller, by George Frederic Watts (died 1904), given to the National Portrait Gallery, London in 1900. See source website for additional information. This set of images was gathered by User:Dcoetzee from the National Portrait Gallery, London website using a special tool. All images in this batch have been confirmed as author died before 1939 according to the official death date listed by the NPG. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(Our first Max Müller quote since I’ve been posting the spoilers!  Very interesting fellow, this Max.  We seem to see eye to eye on what I love to call the evolution of religion.  Check it out:  “Müller derived his theory that mythology is “a disease of language”. By this he meant that myth transforms concepts into beings and stories. In Müller’s view “gods” began as words constructed in order to express abstract ideas, but were transformed into imagined personalities. Thus the Indo-European father-god appears under various names: Zeus, Jupiter, Dyaus Pita.  For Müller all these names can be traced to the word “Dyaus”, which he understands to imply “shining” or “radiance”. This leads to the terms “deva”, “deus”, “theos” as generic terms for a god, and to the names “Zeus” and “Jupiter” (derived from deus-pater). In this way a metaphor becomes personified and ossified.”  — from Wikipedia.  I’ve always said that it all started around an ancient campfire one night, when one hunter – who could do more than grunt, and had a little more imagination – explained to the others why the hunt either went well, or went poorly that day.  Thus was born the concept of the spirits.  Given time, the spirits were later personified into gods, and eventually economized into the concept of the single god.  Then of course, from there all hell breaks loose.  It’s just unfortunate that logic and reason don’t stand a chance when they come face to face with tradition and indoctrination.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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