With this volume, Greimas gives voice to the cultural memory of
his people. He is both storyteller and explicator, deciphering the
symbolic world of Lithuanian mythology.
This first English translation of Apie Dievus ir zmones is a
brilliant convergence of Greimas's historical and folkloric
studies. Greimas examines the origins of ancient deities; discusses
the concepts of life and death, fate and fortune; looks at codes
used by farmers to organize systems of mutual obligations and
implicit contracts; examines pranks and games associated with
agrarian seasonal changes; and discusses the semantic
reconstruction of the names and functions of several deities.
Emphasizing the historic dimension of myth analysis, Greimas
assembles concepts and deities from scattered texts, integrating
them into their Lithuanian cultural context. This study of
mythology is his archeology of culture.
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