Wilhelm Mannhardt

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Wilhelm Mannhardt
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Born(1831-03-26)26 March 1831
Died25 December 1880(1880-12-25) (aged 49)
Academic background
Alma mater
Academic advisorsJakob Grimm
Academic work
DisciplineGermanic studies
Main interests

Wilhelm Mannhardt (March 26, 1831, Friedrichstadt – December 25, 1880, Danzig) was a German mythologist and folklorist. He is known for his work on Germanic mythology, on Baltic mythology, and other pre-Christian European pantheons; and for his championing of the solar theory, namely in the early years of his career, under the influence of Jakob Grimm. Later on, Mannhardt focused more on vegetation spirits from an evolutionist point of view, namely the primitive tree cult and its later developments.[1]



  1. ^ Rosa, Frederico Delgado, 2018. « Avant Le Rameau d’Or : biographie de Wilhelm Mannhardt, précurseur oublié de James Frazer » in Bérose, Encyclopédie en ligne sur l’histoire de l’anthropologie et des savoirs ethnographiques, Paris, IIAC-LAHIC, UMR 8177.

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