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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
Links https://doi.org/10.1163/15700682-12...
Keywords Mana, History of Religions, Geo Widengren, High Gods
Subject categories Philosophy, Ethics and Religion

Abstract

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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