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.
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