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The Belief in Immortality and the Worship of the Dead, Volume I (of 3) The Belief Among the Aborigines of Australia, the Torres Straits Islands, New Guinea and Melanesia   By: (1854-1941)

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In this fascinating and comprehensive study, James George Frazer delves into the belief systems surrounding immortality and the worship of the dead among various indigenous cultures in Australia, the Torres Straits Islands, New Guinea, and Melanesia. Through detailed research and analysis, Frazer presents a wealth of information on the rituals, traditions, and practices associated with these beliefs, shedding light on the diverse ways in which different societies honor and commemorate their departed loved ones.

The author's meticulous attention to detail and thorough examination of primary sources make this volume a valuable resource for anyone interested in anthropology, religion, or cultural studies. Frazer's clear and engaging writing style makes the complex subject matter accessible to readers, providing a comprehensive overview of the various beliefs and practices surrounding immortality and ancestor worship in these regions.

Overall, The Belief in Immortality and the Worship of the Dead, Volume I offers a thought-provoking exploration of the human fascination with the afterlife and the ways in which different cultures have sought to understand and interact with the spirit world. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in the intersection of religion, culture, and society.

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THE BELIEF IN IMMORTALITY AND THE WORSHIP OF THE DEAD

by

J. G. FRAZER, D.C.L., LL.D., Litt.D.

Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge Professor of Social Anthropology in the University of Liverpool.

VOL. I

The Belief Among the Aborigines of Australia, the Torres Straits Islands, New Guinea and Melanesia

The Gifford Lectures, St. Andrews 1911 1912

MacMillan and Co., Limited St. Martin's Street, London 1913

Itaque unum illud erat insitum priscis illis, quos cascos appellat Ennius, esse in morte sensum neque excessu vitae sic deleri hominem, ut funditus interiret; idque cum multis aliis rebus; tum e pontificio jure et e caerimoniis sepulchrorum intellegi licet, quas maxumis ingeniis praediti nec tanta cura coluissent nec violatas tam inexpiabili religione sanxissent, nisi haereret in corum mentibus mortem non interitum esse omnia tollentem atque delentem, sed quandam quasi migrationem commutationemque vitae.

Cicero, Tuscul. Disput. i. 12.

TO MY OLD FRIEND

JOHN SUTHERLAND BLACK, LL.D.

I DEDICATE AFFECTIONATELY

A WORK

WHICH OWES MUCH TO HIS ENCOURAGEMENT

PREFACE

The following lectures were delivered on Lord Gifford's Foundation before the University of St. Andrews in the early winters of 1911 and 1912... Continue reading book >>


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