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Primitive Ritual and Belief

An Anthropological Essay, 1st Edition

By E.O. James


262 pages

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Paperback: 9781138641846
pub: 2017-08-08
Hardback: 9781138194588
pub: 2016-02-23

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This book, first published in 1917, investigates the rites and beliefs of people who had remained in a ‘primitive’ state of culture throughout the ages. Special attention was paid to the ritual and mythology of the Aborigines of Australia, in what was then some of the first studies of their beliefs.

Table of Contents

1. A General Survey of Ritual and Belief in Primitive Cult 2. Private Rites: Birth 3. Private Rites: Initiation Ceremonies 4. Private Rites: Marriage 5. Private Rites: Death 6. The Food Quest and Totemism 7. Rain-Making 8. The Conduct of War 9. Sacrifice and Communion 10. Rites Associated with the Consecrated Life 11. Survey of Mythological Lore 12. The Beginning of Theism 13. Conclusion

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Anthropology of Religion

This collection of previously out-of-print titles brings togther some key texts from the early study of the anthropology of religion. An important reference collection, these books will prove invaluable to students of religion and anthropology.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
RELIGION / General