In this book, first published in 1948, an attempt has been made to provide an intelligible introduction to a somewhat complex aspect of scientific inquiry. And secondly, to construct a background of ‘primitive’ ritual and belief against which the more developed religions can be placed. This book is a valuable, early attempt at explaining the beginnings of religion from a modern scientific viewpoint.
1. The Sacred 2. Providence 3. Spirits, Ancestors and Gods 4. Sacrifice and Sacrament 5. Spell and Prayer 6. The Cult of the Dead and Immortality 7. Myth and Ritual