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Preface: The Myth of the Eternal Return
Prefacio: el mito del eterno retorno

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Losada Goya, José Manuel (2017) Preface: The Myth of the Eternal Return. Journal of comparative literature and aesthetics, 40 (2). pp. 7-10. ISSN 0252-8169

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Abstract

It is necessary to ask what induces the cyclical perception of the universe, common to so many cosmologies in every epoch and latitude: the desire to master the future, the terror the inexorable passing of time inspires ―the principal vector of existential emptiness ("horror vacui")―, or the impression left in our imaginations by the continual repetition of events? Humans are beings of routine. S/he is also a being who is eager for knowledge. Along these lines, it is important to know why the Eternal Return is inseparable from other myths appertaining to knowledge: catabasis (Persephone, Orpheus, Theseus, Eneas) and numerous prophecies reveal (Ultima Thule, Apocalypse, Chilam Balam of Chumayel), in their own way, what has happened and what will. Probing other cultures and ourselves, we are beings of habit who crave understanding of our enigmatic world.


Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Mito; Mitocrítica; Mitología
Palabras clave (otros idiomas):Myth; Mythcriticism; Mythology
Subjects:Humanities > Religion > Mythology
Humanities > Philology
ID Code:47668
Deposited On:22 May 2018 13:30
Last Modified:22 May 2018 13:30

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