Wilhelm Koppers

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Koppers, Wilhelm


Born Feb. 8, 1886, in Menzelen, Ger-many; died Jan. 23, 1961, in Vienna. Austrian ethnologist and Catholic theologian. One of the leading representatives of the reactionary Vienna school in ethnology.

Koppers was a close associate of Pater W. Schmidt, who was a proponent of the theory of Urmonotheismus (primordial monotheism). He went on expeditions to Tierra del Fuego in 1921–22 and India in 1938–39 (where he studied the Bhil).


Unter Feuerland-Indianern. Stuttgart, 1924.
Die Bhil in Zentralindien. Vienna, 1948.


Levin, M. G., and S. A. Tokarev. ’”Kul’turno-istoricheskaia shkola’ na novom etape.” Sovetskaia etnografiia, 1953, no. 4.
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"Koppers Indien", meaning 29 cylinders with traditional music of the Bhil in India, recorded by the Vienna ethnologist Wilhelm Koppers (1886-1961) in Rambhapur in 1939.