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It's Not mana, It's High Gods! Another Conceptual History or Another Explanation, but a similar problem

Review article
Authors Göran Larsson
Published in Method and Theory in the Study of Religion
Volume 31
Issue 4-5
Pages 447–456
ISSN 0943-3058
Publication year 2019
Published at Department of Literature, History of Ideas, and Religion
Pages 447–456
Language en
Keywords Mana, History of Religions, Geo Widengren, High Gods
Subject categories Philosophy, Ethics and Religion


In this short review and debate article I use Nicolas Meylan’s Mana: A History of a Western Category as a starting point for discussing the Swedish historian of religions Geo Widengren (1907-1996) and his theory of the so-called High God. Resembling mana, the High God theory is a second-order concept that is used to explain the origin of religion in the history of humankind.

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