Totemism and Exogamy - A Treatise on Certain Early Forms of Superstition and Society

Totemism and Exogamy - A Treatise on Certain Early Forms of Superstition and Society

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"As a plain record of a curious form of society which must soon be numbered with the past, the book may continue to possess an interest even when, with the progress of its knowledge, its errors shall have been corrected and its theories perhaps superseded by others which make a nearer approach to truth." Despite having been criticised later, the book at hand is an important and interesting document of its time. It provided the first complete ethnographical summary of totemism and exogamy, dwelling on its religious and social aspects. Totemism is described as a religious and social system in which people or clans regard themselves as related to certain objects. Exogamy, which is often found in conjunction with totemism, is represented as a system which only allows marriage outside of a specific group. On the whole, Frazer's work includes the origins as well as an ethnographical survey of totemism and exogamy in Australian Aboriginal tribes. Sir James George Frazer was a Scottish social anthropologist who contributed mainly to the studies of mythology and comparative religion and was the first to detail the relations between myths and rituals. His work Totemism and Exogamy is also frequently cited by Sigmund Freud in his own study Totem and more

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  • 1+
  • Paperback | 604 pages
  • 148.08 x 210.06 x 34.8mm | 893.57g
  • Severus
  • United States
  • English
  • Überarbeitete Neuauflage oder hochwertiger Nachdruck eines Werkes vor 1945
  • black & white illustrations
  • 3863471075
  • 9783863471071