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The riddle of the sphinx : or, human origins / by G. Roheim. Authorized trans. from the German by R. Money-Kyrle. With a preface by E. Jones
Bib ID 833584
Format BookBook, OnlineOnline [text, volume]
Author
Roheim, Geza, 1891-1953, author
 
Online Versions
Description London, [United Kingdom] : Hogarth Press, 1934 
302 pages : illustrations, portraits 
Series

International psycho-analytical library ; no.25.

Summary

Results of fieldwork 1929-31 in Central Australia; notes on demons, fear of attacks (Aranda, Luritcha, Ngatatara) definitions of relative dreams, double evil beings of Aranda, Luritcha, Ngatatara, Pindupi, Yumu, Matuntara; stories and their interpretation; comparison of these beliefs with those of Indo-European peoples; death magic, death anxiety of natives; kangaroo bad magic of Pitchentara & Mularatara, other forms of aggressive magic; dreams of sorcerers, legends, sorcerers initiation; theory that the demons form the basis of religion; nature of Central Australian totemism & its relation to the demons of the area; initiation, tabular representation giving description of ceremony, myth & song (with translation); multiplicity of rites, ancestral wanderings; detailed analysis of dreams, phantasies & totemic ceremonies; account of psycho-analytical initiation ceremony; connection between initiation & totemism - dreams, myths of Waninga & the Milky Way; phallic origin of totemism; puberty rites, use of bullroarer, presentation of ritual objects; ontogenetic interpretation of culture; Mungarai legend of Kunapipi given as example of primal horde myth, comparison with legends from other lands; correlations between typical infantile experience & typical character; brings together & comments on views of other writers.

Notes

Pub. by L. and V.Woolf at the Hogarth Press ... and the Institute of Psycho-Analysis.

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Subjects Antikirinya language C5  |  Antakirinya / Antikirinya / Antakarinja people (C5) (SA SG53-14)  |  Pitjantjatjara language C6  |  Pitjantjatjara people (C6) (NT SG52-11)  |  Luritja language C7.1  |  Luritja / Loritja people (C7.1) (NT SG52-04)  |  Arrernte language C8  |  Arrernte / Aranda people (C8) (NT SG53-02)  |  Pintupi language C10  |  Pintupi people (C10) (NT SF52-11)  |  Yumu language C11  |  Yumu people (C11) (NT SF52-16)  |  Mangarrayi language N78  |  Mangarrayi / Mangarayi people (N78) (NT SD53-09)  |  Ceremonies - Initiation.  |  Ceremonies - Women.  |  Language - Texts and translations - Aboriginal to non-Aboriginal language.  |  Magic and sorcery - Clever people.  |  Music - Vocal.  |  Psychology - Dreams and symbolism.  |  Religion - Rites - Ceremonial objects.  |  Religion - Rites - Ceremonial objects - Bullroarers.  |  Religion - Rites - Increase.  |  Religion - Rites - Kunapipi.  |  Religion - Totemism.  |  Stories and motifs - Kangaroos / Wallabies.  |  Stories and motifs - Mythological beings.  |  Stories and motifs - Stars.  |  Aboriginal Australians -- Rites and ceremonies.  |  Civilization.  |  Psychoanalysis.  |  Religion.  |  Arnhem Land (NT)  |  South Australia - Central Australia (SA SG52, SG53)  |  South Central Northern Territory (NT)

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