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The Belief in Immortality and the Worship of the Dead, Vol. 2   By: (1854-1941)

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THE BELIEF IN IMMORTALITY VOL. II

MACMILLAN AND CO., LIMITED LONDON · BOMBAY · CALCUTTA · MADRAS MELBOURNE

THE MACMILLAN COMPANY NEW YORK · BOSTON · CHICAGO DALLAS · SAN FRANCISCO

THE MACMILLAN CO. OF CANADA, LTD. TORONTO

THE BELIEF IN IMMORTALITY AND THE WORSHIP OF THE DEAD

BY SIR JAMES GEORGE FRAZER, F.R.S., F.B.A.

FELLOW OF TRINITY COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE

HON. D.C.L., OXFORD; HON. LITT.D., CAMBRIDGE AND DURHAM;

HON. LL.D., GLASGOW; DOCTOR HONORIS CAUSA OF THE UNIVERSITIES OF PARIS AND STRASBOURG

VOL. II THE BELIEF AMONG THE POLYNESIANS

MACMILLAN AND CO., LIMITED ST. MARTIN'S STREET, LONDON 1922

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PREFACE

The first volume of this work, which comprised the Gifford Lectures given by me at St. Andrews in the years 1911 and 1912, dealt with the belief in immortality and the worship of the dead, as these are found among the aborigines of Australia, the Torres Straits Islands, New Guinea, and Melanesia. In the present volume I take up the subject at the point at which I broke off, and describe the corresponding belief and worship among the Polynesians, a people related to their neighbours the Melanesians by language, if not by blood. The first chapter formed the theme of two lectures delivered at the Royal Institution in 1916; the other chapters have been written for lectures at Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1921 and 1922. But in the book the lecture form has been discarded, and the treatment of the subject is somewhat fuller than comports with the limits imposed by oral delivery.

Should circumstances allow me to continue the work, I propose in the next volume to treat of the belief in immortality and the worship of the dead among the Micronesians and Indonesians.

J. G. FRAZER.

NO. 1 BRICK COURT, TEMPLE, LONDON, 19th July 1922 .

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PREFACE v

TABLE OF CONTENTS vii ix

CHAP. I. THE BELIEF IN IMMORTALITY AMONG THE MAORIS 1 51

§ 1. The Polynesians 1 5 § 2. The Maoris of New Zealand 5 10 § 3. The Beliefs of the Maoris concerning the Souls of the Living 10 19 § 4. The Beliefs of the Maoris concerning the Souls of the Dead 19 37 § 5. Taboo among the Maoris 37 50 § 6. Conclusion 51

II. THE BELIEF IN IMMORTALITY AMONG THE TONGANS 52 147

§ 1. The Tonga or Friendly Islands 52 57 § 2. The Tonga Islanders, their Character, Mode of Life, and Government 57 63 § 3. The Tongan Religion: its General Principles 64 68 § 4. The Primary or Non human Gods 68 73 § 5. The Temples of the Gods 73 77 § 6. Priests and their Inspiration 77 79 § 7... Continue reading book >>


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