Cover

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Title Page, Frontispiece, Copyright, Quote

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Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-x

The individual chapter of this edition are reprinted from the following sources with the kind cooperation of Mrs. Helena Wayne (Malinowska), and by permission of the Malinowski Estate. ...

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Introduction: Malinowski and Myth

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pp. xi-xxxii

Nearly seventy-five years have passed since Bronislaw Malinowski (1884-1942) first wrote about myth. Can Malinowski still teach us anything important about myth today? Since Malinowski's time, much work has been done on the theory of myth by Claude Lévi-Strauss, Mircea Eliade, Carl Jung, Joseph Campbell, and many others. ...

Part 1: Argonauts and Beyond

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pp. 1-2

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1. "In Tewara and Sanaroa —Mythology of the Kula" (1922)

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pp. 3-39

At daybreak the party leave the Amphletts. This is the stage when the parting gifts, the talo'i are given. The clay pots, the several kinds of produce of the islands and of the Koya, which had been laid aside the previous day, are now brought to the canoes. ...

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2. "Ethnology and the Study of Society" (1921)

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pp. 40-52

Every branch of knowledge can be made useful; first, in its direct application to the practical management of the subject; secondly, in opening a wider outlook upon its subject matter, in allowing us to build up a more adequate theory of the phenomenon in question. ...

Part 2: Psychoanalysis and Societies

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pp. 53-54

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3. "Psychoanalysis and Anthropology" (1924)

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pp. 55-57

The infection by psycho-analysis of the neighbouring fields of science—notably that of anthropology, folklore, and sociology—has been a very rapid and somewhat inflammatory process. The votaries of Freud, or some among them, have displayed in their missionary zeal an amount of dogmatism and of aggressiveness not calculated to allay the prejudice and suspicion ...

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4. "Obscenity and Myth" (1927)

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pp. 58-74

We now proceed to the discussion of folk-lore in relation to the typical sentiments of the matrilineal family, and with this we enter the best cultivated plot on the boundary of psycho-analysis and anthropology. It has long been recognized that for one reason or another the stories related seriously about ancestral times ...

Part 3: Myth in Primitive Psychology

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pp. 75-76

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5. "Myth in Primitive Psychology" (1926)

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pp. 77-116

By the examination of a typical Melanesian culture and by a survey of the opinions, traditions, and behavior of these natives, I propose to show how deeply the sacred tradition, the myth, enters into their pursuits, and how strongly it controls their moral and social behavior. ...

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6. "Myth as a Dramatic Development of Dogma"

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pp. 117-128

Walking through one of the suburbs of Innsbruck, the visitor might come upon a church not yet quite finished in one of the side streets; it stands in a backyard of a small suburban villa. Sometimes he might encounter people carrying bricks and other building material; ...

Part 4: Religion and Myth in Modern Times

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pp. 129-130

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7. "The Foundations of Faith and Morals" (1936)

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pp. 131-172

Anthropology is the comparative science of human cultures. It is often conceived as the study of man's savagery and of his exotic extravagances. Modern developments in the world's history, however, have made us uncertain whether we can trace a sharp line of distinction between culture and savagery. ...

Further Reading

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pp. 173-174

Index

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pp. 175-182

Series Page

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