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Ramón Andrés

Dictionary of Music, Mythilogy, Magic and Religion

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Acantilado

September 2012

1776 pages

Essay, Human Studies

Original Title: Diccionario de música, mitología, magia y religión

This book examines the relationship of music with mythology and religion, which is to say the origins of the art of music as a vehicle for ideas and ancient beliefs. Drawing on the Indo-European cultures as well as the decisive presence of ancient Egypt, it takes music as its unifying theme in order to delve into the origins of present-day culture in its most diverse aspects. Readers, thus presented with the keys to their past, can learn about religions and customs as well as the moral and ethical foundations of today’s world in ancient Greece, Persia and India, and also in the Celtic, Roman, Germanic and Scandinavian realms, where music had a very significant role.

Prizes

El País Best Essay of 2012
Shortlisted by La Vanguardia as one of the top 10 essays of 2012

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«An extraordinary reference work and, moreover, a delicious intellectual and creative adventure».
El País

«A book that is destined to become a major work of reference».
El Mundo

«A gigantic work. Poetic, erudite, absorbing».

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