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The Resource Christianity : the origins of a pagan religion, Philippe Walter ; translated by Jon E. Graham

Christianity : the origins of a pagan religion, Philippe Walter ; translated by Jon E. Graham

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Christianity : the origins of a pagan religion
Title
Christianity
Title remainder
the origins of a pagan religion
Statement of responsibility
Philippe Walter ; translated by Jon E. Graham
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Language
  • eng
  • fre
  • eng
Summary
This study of the Christian mythology that animated medieval Europe shows that this mythology is primarily of pagan inspiration and that very little comes from the Bible. The fact that Christianity grafted itself onto earlier pagan worship was no mystery to the Church Fathers, author Walter explains. Pope Gregory the Great told Saint Augustine of Canterbury that rather than tear down the pagan temples in Britain, he should instead add the pagan rituals into the mix of Christian practices, thus providing an easy transition to the new religion. In this highly documented work Walter shows which major calendar days of the Christian year are founded on pagan rituals and myths, including the high holidays of Easter and Christmas, when many pagans prepared for the coming of spirits who would leave gifts for those who honored them.From publisher description
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DLC
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1952-
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Walter, Philippe
Dewey number
263/.90940902
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Language note
Originally published in French as Mythologie chretienne: fetes, rites et mythes du Moyen Age
LC call number
BV35
LC item number
.W3513 2006
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Rites and ceremonies
  • Church history
  • Fasts and feasts
  • Mythology
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Christianity : the origins of a pagan religion, Philippe Walter ; translated by Jon E. Graham
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 202-210) and index
Contents
Carnival, the enigma of a name -- November 1, Samhain -- Christmas and the twelve days -- February 1, Imbolc -- The transitional period of Easter -- May 1, Beltane -- Saint John's Day -- August 1, Lughnasa -- Saint Michael on Mount Gargan
Control code
ocm64688666
Dimensions
23 cm.
Edition
1st U.S. ed.
Extent
218 p.
Isbn
9781594770968
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
2006008095
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781594770968
  • (OCoLC)64688666
Label
Christianity : the origins of a pagan religion, Philippe Walter ; translated by Jon E. Graham
Link
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 202-210) and index
Contents
Carnival, the enigma of a name -- November 1, Samhain -- Christmas and the twelve days -- February 1, Imbolc -- The transitional period of Easter -- May 1, Beltane -- Saint John's Day -- August 1, Lughnasa -- Saint Michael on Mount Gargan
Control code
ocm64688666
Dimensions
23 cm.
Edition
1st U.S. ed.
Extent
218 p.
Isbn
9781594770968
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
2006008095
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781594770968
  • (OCoLC)64688666

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