VODSKOV, Hans Sofus

VODSKOV, Hans Sofus. Bornholm 16.9.1846 — Copenhagen 16.3.1910. Danish Scholar of Comparative Religion. Participated in 1864 war, then studies at Copenhagen. Worked as literary critic and translator. Applied for the chair of Aesthetics at Copenhagen, but when G. Brandes got it, lived as private scholar in Copenhagen, last years in solitary life in Småland, Sweden. He was a sharp critic of S. Bugge’s Nordic mythology as well as of the Vedic theories of Max Müller and Bergaigne emphasizing the technical ritualistic function of the hymns of the Ṛgveda.

Publications: Spredte Studier. 1884 (literary criticism).

Sjæledyrkelse og Naturdyrkelse. Bidrag til Bestemmelsen af den mytologiske Metode. 1. Rig-Veda og Edda. Fasc. 1. Inledning og Rig-Veda. 150+80 p. Kjœbenhavn 1890.

Sources: *Køb. Univ. 11; Swedish and Danish Wikipedia.

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