D'une façon générale, je me méfie des thèses "d'origine unique de toutes les religions". On disait déjà ça en 1955 à propos de ressemblances formelles qui n'ont rien à voir avec la façon dont les gens comprennent leurs récits
Or, pour les rêves de Cro-magnon, il n'y a pas de récit.
Comme je n'ai rien lu de ce livre qui date de 2013, mais que le nom du gars me disait quelque chose qui gratte, je suis allé à la pêche. Voici ce qu'on dit du gars et de ses thèses:
<<Its author, the German-American linguist Michael Witzel is not unknown to Indians though mostly for the wrong reasons. He is better known as a crusader in support of his pet Aryan invasion (or migration) myth than any contribution to Sanskrit or Vedic literature in which he has been shown to be seriously deficient. (He claims to have found dialectic changes in the Rigveda around 1200 BC soon after the non-existent Aryan invasion.) More activist than scholar, he took the lead in a political campaign to have the Aryan myth taught as history in California schools; more recently he was involved in the campaign to stop Dr. Subramanian Swamy from teaching economics at Harvard. [....] As Tok Thompson of the University of Southern California exposes (as do others), Witzel’s book claims that these represent two races in the world, distinguished by both myth and biology.
As seen by Witzel, “…the dark-skinned Gondwana are characterized by ‘lacks’ and ‘deficiencies’ …and are labeled ‘primitive’ at a ‘lower stage of development’ while the noble Laurasian myths are …the only ‘true’ creation stories, and the first ‘complex story’, which the Gondwana never achieved.” On the face of it, the common African origin of modern humans is acknowledged, but the sting is in the tail: the dark-skinned Gondwana never progressed beyond their primitive stage to catch up with the ‘noble Laurasians’— their superiors in biology as well as intellect and character.
If supported, the notion of the superior white and inferior dark races will be scientifically validated. This is the real agenda of the book, but its ‘science’ is rubbish; it does not even rise to the level of pseudo-science. Mythology is just a camouflage to push this prejudice that is simply not worth spending time over. (Those interested in more detailed analysis are directed to Tok Thompson’s review at—[...]). What interest us are the history and the motives that lurk behind the book.
Except for the terminology, its arguments are indistinguishable from those of Houston Chamberlain (Inequality of Races), Arthur de Gobineau and other race theorists who provided justification to the Nazi idea of the superior Aryan race. It is important to note that their source was not Indian but European, more specifically Teutonic German. They worshipped Teutonic deities like Thor and Odin, not Vedic ones like Indra and Varuna. Their Swastika was also the German Hakenkreuz (‘hooked cross’) not the Indian svasti symbol. It was seen in Germany for the first time when General Walther von Luttwitz’s notorious Erhardt Brigade marched into Berlin from Lithuania in support of the abortive Kapp Putsch of 1920.>>
J'ai piqué ça sans honte au Dr Navaratna Rajaram (BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, US)
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