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Tibetan Cosmogonies and Ogham: A Critical Study in Comparative Mythology

Tibetan Cosmogonies and Ogham: A Critical Study in Comparative Mythology

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A comparision between Tibetan and Irish mythological motifs which I theorize indicate a common substratem of Indo-European and possibly pre Indo-European cultural roots. In particular I focus on the symbolism of the Queen.
A comparision between Tibetan and Irish mythological motifs which I theorize indicate a common substratem of Indo-European and possibly pre Indo-European cultural roots. In particular I focus on the symbolism of the Queen.

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Tibetan Cosmogonies and Ogham:A Critical Study in Comparative Mythology
Rachael BullaMPhil Thesis
Trinity TermMay 5, 2003
Institute of Social and Cultural AnthropologyUniversity of Oxford
 
 
 In Dedication
 All saints revile her, and all sober men Ruled by the God Apollo's golden mean - In scorn of which I sailed to find her  In distant regions likeliest to hold heWho I desired above all things to know,Sister of the mirage and echo. It was a virtue not to stay,To go my headstrong and heroic waySeeking her out at the volcano's head, Among pack ice, or where the track had fade Beyond the cavern of the seven sleepers:Whose broad high brow was white as any leper's,Whose eyes were blue, with rowan-berry lips,With hair curled honey-coloured to white hips.Young sap of Spring in the young wood a-stir Will celebrate the Mountain Mother, And every song-bird shout awhile for her; But I am gifted, even in Novembe Rawest of seasons, with so huge a senseOf her nakedly worn magnificence I forget cruelty and past betrayal,Careless of where the next bright bolt may fall.-Robert Graves
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Table of Contents
AcknowledgementsIntroduction
I. Cultural Models
1) Indo-European Culture
 Dumezil’s Three FunctionsGimbutas’s Kurgan Culture
2) Indo-European Roots in Ireland and Britiain
“Celtic” CultureIndo-European Influence
3) Indo-European Roots in Tibet
HistoryCultural Contact with Indo-European NeighborsIndo-European Cultural Roots
4) “Old Europe”
Gimbutas’s Old European CultureIreland and BritainTibet
II. Comparison of Folk Traditions
5) Folk Cosmology of Ireland and Tibet
Otherworld BeingsReincarnationMountain, Hill and Lake DeitiesConclusion
6) Cosmogonic World-Mountain
World MountainThe Mystic Banquet and InitiationTree-pillar and Mandala
7) The Tibetan Demoness and Ogham
Lake Drainage MythsThe Supine Demoness
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