WESENDONK, Otto-Günther von

WESENDONK, Otto-Günther von. Berlin 3.10.1885 — Berlin 11.7.1933. German Diplomat and Iranian Scholar. His father, Karl v. W., was knighted in 1900. From 1903 studied at Bonn, Berlin and Heidelberg. Dr.jur. 1908. Now entered the foreign service, in WW I served in Nachrichtenstelle für den Orient. From 1918 German Consul General in Tbilisi (many years, still in the middle of the 1920s). Ph.D. Bonn 1922/24. Dr.rer.pol. Legationsrat. An Iranian scholar also interested in Georgia and in comparative religion.

Publications: diss. Die Lehre des Mani. 86 p. Lp. 1922.

Urmensch und Seele in der iranischen Überlieferung. 214 p. Hannover 1924.

Das Wesen und die Lehre Zarathustras. 70 p. Lp. 1927; Religionsgeschichtliche Bedeutung des Yasna Haptanhaiti. 8+164 p. Bonn 1931; Das Weltbild der Iranier. 354 p. München 1933.

– “Die Verwendung einiger iranischer Götternamen im Manichäismus”, AO 7, 1929, 114-179; “The Kālavāda and the Zervanite System”, JRAS 1931, 53-109; “Bardesanes und Mani”, AO 10, 1932, 336-363; brief articles on Zoroastrianism and Manichaeism in ZII etc.; many reviews on Iranian and Caucasian in OLZ.

– “Über georgisches Heidenthum”, Caucasica 1, 1924, 1-102 & 2, 1925, 121-130; Platon und d. Orient. 1926; Aus dem kaukasischen Welt. 372 p. B. 1927.

Auswärtige Politik. 1926.

Sources: D.G.K. 1931; German Wikipedia (curiously ending his biography in the early 1920s).

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