Jean Przyluski

Portrait of Jean   Przyluski

Jean Przyluski (17 August 1885 – 28 October 1944) was a French linguist and scholar of comparative religion studies and Buddhism of Polish descent.

An expert in Vietnamese language, he studied the development of Buddhist myths and legends, as well as Indo-European folk traditions. From that, he drew general theories about the development of religion, which he presented in his major work, L'Evolution humaine (1942), or in La grande déesse (1938).