Show Summary Details

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD REFERENCE (www.oxfordreference.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2013. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single entry from a reference work in OR for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

Subscriber: null; date: 17 September 2019

Eliade, Mircea

Source:
A Dictionary of Hinduism
Author(s):

W. J. Johnson

Eliade, Mircea 

(1907–1986)

Romanian born historian of religions whose early research was into religious experience in Hindu traditions, especially yoga. From 1928–31 he was a student of Sanskrit and Indian philosophy at the University of Calcutta, following which he spent six months in an āśram at Rishikesh. Returning to Bucharest, he completed his PhD thesis, which was subsequently translated into English (1954) as Yoga: Immortality and Freedom. He continued his academic career in Romania, Paris, and Chicago, publishing widely and influentially on myth, comparative religion, and the history of religious ideas. The Encyclopedia of Religion (1987) was produced under his general editorship.