For contextualisation see autobiographical sketch:  From mountains to mythologies.  Ethnos 68 (2003) : 271-284.   Abbreviations.  JRAI = Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute.  JASO = Journal of the Anthropological Society of Oxford.   JRAS = Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society. SALG = South Asian Librarians’ Group.



1987        The ideology of the Indo-Europeans: Dumézil's theory and the idea of a fourth function.  Int. J. Moral and Social Studies 2(1): 23-39.

1991        Some gods of pre-Islamic Nuristan.  Revue de l’histoire des religions 208(2): 141-168

1993        Arjuna and Odysseus: a comparative approach. SALG Newsletter 40:39-43.

1993        Debating Dumézil:  recent studies in comparative mythology.  JASO 24(2): 119-131.

1994        Primitive Classification: the argument and its validity.  Pp. 40-65 in W S F Pickering and H Martins (eds) Debating Durkheim.  London:  Routledge. [Revised version as Ch 2 in my Categories…, see 2000e]

1995        Why did Odysseus become a horse?  JASO 26(2): 143-154.

1996a      The hero’s five relationships: a Proto-Indo-European story. Pp. 1-20 in J Leslie (ed) Myth and Myth-making: continuous evolution in Indian tradition.  London: Curzon.

1996b     Romulus and the fourth function.  Pp. 13-36 in E C Polomé (ed) Indo-European religion after Dumézil (JIES Monograph Series 16).  Washington: Institute for the Study of Man.

1996c      Homer’s simile, Vyasa’s story.  Journal of Mediterranean Studies 6 (2): 206-11.

1998a      The Indo-European prehistory of yoga.  International journal of Hindu studies 2: 1-20.

1998b      The category of substance: a Maussian theme revisited. Pp. 175-191 in W James and N J Allen (eds.) Marcel Mauss: a centenary tribute. Oxford: Berghahn.

1998c      Varnas, colours and functions: expanding Dumézil’s schema.  Z. für Religionswissenschaft 6: 163-177.

1998d [2001] Cúchulainn in the light of the Mahâbhârata and the Odyssey.  Pp. 51-6 in E Lyle (ed) Cosmos 14 (1).

1999a      Hinduism as Indo-European: cultural comparativism and political sensitivities.  Pp. 19-32 in Johannes Bronkhorst and Madhav M Deshpande (eds.) Aryan and non-aryan in South Asia: evidence, interpretation and ideology. Cambridge, Mass.: Department of Sanskrit and Indian Studies, Harvard University.

1999b      Arjuna and the second function: a Dumézilian crux.  J. Royal Asiatic Society, Series 3, 9(3): 403-418.

1999c      Hinduism, structuralism and Dumézil.  Pp. 241-260 in E C Polomé (ed) Miscellanea Indo-Europea. [JI-ES Monograph No. 33.] Washington: Institute for the study of Man.

1999d      Les crocodiles qui se transforment en nymphes. Ollodagos 13: 151-167.

2000a      Argos and Hanuman: Odysseus’ dog in the light of the Mahabharata. J. Indo-European Studies 28(1-2):3-16.

2000b      Cúchulainn’s women and some Indo-European comparisons. Emania 18: 57-64.

2000c      Scripture and epic: a comparativist looks at the biography of the Buddha. Visvabharati Quarterly 9: 51-62.

2000d      Imra, pentads and catastrophes. Ollodagos 14: 278-308.

2000e      Reflections on Mauss and classification; Magic, religion and Indo-European ideology.  Chapters 6 and 7 in N.J. Allen Categories and classifications: Maussian reflections on the social.  Oxford: Berghahn.

2001a      Athena and Durga: warrior goddesses in Greek and Sanskrit epic.  Pp. 367-382 in S Deacy and A Villing (eds) Athena in the Classical World.  Leiden: Brill.

2002a      The stockmen and the disciples. J. Indo-European Studies 30: 27-40.

2002b      Pénélope et Draupadî: la validité de la comparaison. Pp. 305-312 in A Hurst and F Létoublon (eds) La mythologie et l’Odyssée.  Hommage à Gabriel Germain. Geneva: Droz.

2002c      Mahābhārata and Iliad: a common origin?  Annals of the Bhandarkar Oriental Institute 83: 165-177.

2003        The Indra-Tullus comparison.  In B Drinka & J Salmons (eds) Indo-European Language and Culture: Essays in Memory of Edgar C. Polomé, part I.  General Linguistics 40: 148-171.

2004        Dyaus and Bhīṣma, Zeus and Sarpedon: towards a history of the Indo-European sky god.  Gaia: Revue interdisciplinaire sur la Grèce archaïque 8: 29-36.

2005a      Bhīṣma and Hesiod’s Succession Myth.  Int. J. of Hindu Studies 8/1-3 (2004): 57-79.

2005b      The articulation of time: some Indo-European comparisons.  Cosmos 17/2 (for 2001): 163-178.

2005c      Romulus et Bhishma: structures entrecroisées.  Anthropologie et sociétés 29/2: 21-44.

2005d      Asceticism in some Indo-European traditions. Studia Indo-Europæa 2 (2002-5): 37-51.

2005e      Thomas McEvilley: the missing dimension. Int. J. of Hindu Studies 9/1-3: 59-75

2006a      Indo-European epics and comparative method: pentadic structures in Homer and the Mahābhārata. Pp.243-252 in T. Osada (ed) Proceedings of the Pre-symposium of RIHN and the 7th ESCA Harvard-Kyoto Roundtable, Kyoto: Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (RIHN).

2006b      The Buddhist Wheel of Existence and two Greek comparisons. In Marco V. García Quintela, Francisco J. González García & Felipe Criado Boado (eds) Anthropology of the Indo-European World and Material Culture: 5th International Colloquium of Anthropology of the Indo-European World and Comparative Mythology, pp. 219-228. Budapest: Archaeolingua.

2007a      The close and the distant: a long-term perspective. In G. Pfeffer (ed.) Periphery and Centre: Studies in Orissan History, Religion and Anthropology, pp. 273-290. Delhi, Manohar.

2007b      The shield of Achilles and Indo-European tradition. Cuadernos de filología clásica: Estudios griegos e indoeuropeos 17: 33-44.

2007c      Bhīsma as matchmaker.  In Simon Brodbeck and Brian Black (eds) Gender and narrative in the Mahābhārata, pp. 176-188.  London: Routledge.

2007d      Śiva and Indo-European ideology: one line of thought. In Int. J of Hindu Studies 11/2: 191-207.

2007e      Dumont e Dumézil: una comparazione e una combinazione. Quaderni di Teoria sociale 7: 11-29.

2007f      The Pāṇḍavas’ five journeys and the structure of the Mahābhārata. Religions of South Asia 1/2: 165-181.

2007g      The Heimdall-Dyu comparison revisited. J. Indo-European Studies 35: 233-247.


Selected Reviews and Comments

1987        Review of Myth, cosmos and society by B Lincoln.  Man 22: 375-6.``

1988        Review of Comparative mythology by J Puhvel. Man 23:  587.

1998        Review of Le mytho-cycle héroïque dans l’aire indo-européenne by C Vielle. JRAS 8(1): 104-6.

1999        Review of The Sanskrit epics by J Brockington. JRAS  9 (3): 445-6.

2000        Review of How to kill a dragon by C Watkins. JRAI 6 (1):159-160.

2000        Comment:  Miller on Dumézil: the current state of play. Religion 30: 293-4.

2000        Review of Balarâma im Mahābhārata by A Bigger.  JRAS 10(3): 411-13.

2001        Review of Composing a tradition, eds M Brockington and P Schreiner.  JRAS 11(2): 290-2.

2001        ‘Indoeuropäische Religionen’. Die Religion in Geschichte und Gegenwart, 4th ed, 4: 110-1.

2003        Review of Imagining Karma:  Ethical Transformation in Amerindian, Buddhist and Greek Rebirth by G Obeyesekere.  H-Net:

2007        Review of Indo-European poetry and myth by M.West. Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2007.10.53.

in press  ‘Indo-European traditions’. RoutledgeCurzon Encyclopaedia of Hinduism, eds. Denise Cush, Catherine Robinson, Michael York.

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