KOPPERS, Wilhelm

KOPPERS, Wilhelm. Menzallen, Rheinland 8.2.1886 — Vienna 23.1.1961. German Ethnologist, Catholic Priest and Theologian in Austria. Professor in Vienna. He joined early the Missions­gesellschaft vom Göttlichen Wort and was educated at its gymnasium in Steyl, Netherlands. Studies of philosophy and theology at Missionshaus St.Gabriel in Mödling, Niederösterreich, and in Rome. Ordained as priest 1911. In 1913 joined the editorial staff of the Anthropos, from 1914 studied ethnology and Indology at Vienna University. Student and close collaborator of P. Wilhelm Schmidt. Ph.D. 1917 Vienna. In 1921-22 fieldwork among Indians in North and South America, especially in Tierra del Fuego. From 1924 editor of the Anthropos and PD at Vienna. From 1928 ao. and from 1930 ord. Professor of Ethnology at Vienna, in 1929 cofounder of Institut für Völkerkunde. Dismissed by the Nazis in 1938, he emigrated 1939 to India (did fieldwork) and 1940 to Switzerland. Returned to Austria in 1945 he was Director of Institut für Völkerkunde in 1945-57.

Publications: Unter Feuerland-Indianern. 1924.

Die Indogermanenfrage im Lichte der historischen Völkerkunde. Neue Wege zur Lösung. 787 p. Wiener Beitr. zur Kulturgesch. und Linguistik 4. St. Gabriel/Mödling bei Wien 1935.

– “Pferdeopfer und Pferdekult der Indogermanen”, Wiener Beitr. zur Kulturgesch. und Linguistik 4, 1936, 279-411; “Bhagwan, the supreme deity of the Bhils”, Anthropos 35-36, 1940-41.

Die Bhil in Zentralindien. 353 p. 16 pl. Wiener Beitr. zur Kulturgesch. und Linguistik 7. V. 1948.

Der Urmensch und sein Weltbild. Vienna 1949.

Sources: Bihl 169f.; *R. Heine-Geldern, Almanach Ö.A.W. 111, 1962, 347-364; *J. Madey, Biogr.-bibliogr. Kirchenlexikon 4, 1992, 509-511; D.B.E. 6, 1997; German Wikipedia.

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