By Charles H. Long
Significations is a feedback of numerous significant ways (phenomenological, historic, theological) to the research of faith within the usa, within which the writer makes an attempt (1) a reevaluation of a few of the fundamental matters forming the learn of faith in the United States, (2) an summary of a hermeneutics of conquest and colonialism generated through the formation of the social and symbolic order known as the "New World," and (3) a critique of the types of civil faith, innocence, and theology from the viewpoint of the black adventure and the adventure of colonized peoples.
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The Aryan myth develops directly out of this cultural ferment. Many of these orientations were to be taken up by Müller, and while he was not a proponent of the Aryan myth, and though he offered scientific methods for his analysis and investigations, he was not free from the German cultural ideology regarding the Indo-Europeans. In his Introduction to a Science of Religions, in speaking of the authors of the Vedas, he states quite explicitly: Those men were the true ancestors of our race; and the Veda is the oldest book we have in which to study the first beginnings of our language, and of all that is embodied in language.
The volume has been reprinted by Scholars Press, Chico, California, 1981. The reprinted edition contains an introduction by Professor Clebsch and myself. The book had gone through four previous reprintings; 1902, 1904, 1911, and 1914. 11. Charles H. Long, "Cargo Cults as Cultural Historical Phenomena," Journal of the American Academy of Religion 42, no. 3 (September 1974): 403-14; chap. 8 in this volume. < previous page page_29 next page > < previous page page_31 next page > Page 31 Chapter 2 Prolegomenon to a Religious Hermeneutic One of the central problems posed by contemporary studies of religion results from the tension between the interpretations and descriptions of religion by phenomenologists and morphologists and descriptions of the dynamic, historical, and practical sides of religious activity by sociologists, ethnologists, and anthropologists.
Our methodologies and theories about the "others" were challenges to the same kinds of theories developed during Western colonialism. The negotiation of the hermeneutical issue when the others are on both sides is a tricky issue; it called forth a peculiar and different form of discourse concerning method in the study of religion. This can be seen, for example, in Eliade's Patterns in Comparative Religion, where in an implicit way he overcomes the "Myth of the Given," an epistemology of the privileged status of the perceiver.
Significations: Signs, Symbols, and Images in the Interpretation of Religion by Charles H. Long