♦ Traditional Cosmology: The Global Mythology of Cosmic Creation and Destruction
(London: All-Round Publications, 2011)
[mythopedia.info] This work, in 4 volumes, is a compendium of traditional cosmologies worldwide. The material includes the global mythology of creation and destruction, but also comprises information drawn from other areas of traditional knowledge, ritual, iconography, shamanism, costume, and dance. Relying on original sources, universal points of agreement are identified, often on counter-intuitive ideas. These suggest a single template, a blueprint for a universal mythology of origins.
Marinus Anthony van der Sluijs is an independent researcher and writer, and a Consulting Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Philadelphia. He received a Master’s Degree in Comparative and Historical Linguistics at Leiden University, The Netherlands (1999), specializing in the Indo-European and Semitic language families. Since then, he has combined extensive travels around the world with an intensive study of comparative mythology, cultural astronomy, archaeoastronomy and the history of astronomy, religions and art.