Zalmoxis, the Vanishing God: Comparative Studies in the Religions and Folklore of Dacia and Eastern Europe by Mircea Eliade
Using archaic documents and traditions, Eliade reveals the enigmatic religious history of Romania, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, and Macedonia. He covers such topics as the ethnic name of the Dacians; the cult of Zalmoxis, mysterious god of the ancient Gatae; the folk cosmogonic myth in Romanian folklore; the mythico-ritual meaning of legends concerning the founding of the Moldavian State; and the significance of folk beliefs concerning magic, ecstasy, and the mandrake plant.
University of Chicago Press, 1986.
ISBN: 9780226203850. 260 pp.
Series: Midway Reprints.
Translated by Willard R. Trask.