LANCZKOWSKI, Günter. Kassel 18.5.1917 — Heidelberg 1.8.1993. German Scholar of Religion. Matriculated 1937 and began studies at Marburg, but was 1939 taken to army. Participated in WW II and was war prisoner. In 1946 continued his studies. After Ph.D. Marburg 1947. Further studies at Göttingen. In 1960-67 Docent (hab.diss. on Egypt) and 1967-82 Professor of Religionsgeschichte at Heidelberg. As emeritus in 1984-86 taught religion at Mainz and 1986-88 at Munich. As scholar his main interest was phenomenology of religion. Married 1956 Johanna Büchner, a theologia, one son.
Publications: Diss. Die bedeutung des indischen Denkens für Richard Wagner und seinen Freundeskreis. Eine religionswiss. Untersuchung. Manuscript of 170 p. Marburg 1947; “Richard Wagner und Indien”, H. O. Günther (ed.), Indien und Deutschland. Frankfurt a.M. 1956, 23-44.
– Books on various religions (Egypt, Aztecs) and religion in general.
Sources: Diss. in Janert; . Drill, Heidelberger Gelehrtenlexikon 1933-1986. Heidelberg 2009, 378; H. Wissmann, “Ein Kapitel heidelberger Religionswissenschaft: G.L.”, 31-33 with photo (in https://books.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/heibooks/reader/download/69/69-4-433-1-10-20160224.pdf); German Wikipedia briefly.
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