Curiosities of Superstition, and Sketches of some Unrevealed Religions. W. H. Davenport ADAMS.

Curiosities of Superstition, and Sketches of some Unrevealed Religions.

London: J. Masters & Co., 1882. First Edition. Hardcover. Small octavo. [iv] + 328pp. Original blue cloth lettered in blue on spine. Index. A study of the superstitious byways of religions by W. H. Davenport Adams (1828- 1891), a journalist and author who wrote about his subjects from the perspective of "a sympathetic, though incredulous, observer," who also had a knack for ferreting out unusual and neglected source materials. Chapter headings: I. Buddhism, its Origin and Ceremonies; II. Magianism: the Parsees; III. Jewish Superstitions; IV. Brahmanism; V. Hindu Mythology, and the Vishnu Purana; VI. In China: Confucianism, Taouism, and Buddhism; VII. Among the Malays, the Slamatan Bromok, the Dyaks, the Papuan Tribes, the Ahetas; VIII. The Savage Races of Asia: the Samojedes; the Mongols; the Ostiaks; in Tibet; IX. Some African Superstitions; X. The Zulu Witch-finders; XI. Zabianism and Serpent-Worship; XII. Polynesian Superstitions; XIII. The Fiji Islanders; XIV. The Religion of the Maories; XV. The North American Indians; XVI. Among the Eskimos; XVII. A Mediæval Superstition: the Flagellants; XVIII. Scottish Superstitions: Halloween; XIX. Second Sight: Divination: Universality of certain Superstitions: Fairies in Scotland. Corners and spine ends bumped and lightly chafed, page-edges browned, spine a little darkened, endpapers unevenly browned, front endpapers slightly split at front inner hinge (hinge quite solid), owner's names on front pastedown & title-page, pages toned. Still a bright unmarked VG copy (no dust jacket). Item #54018

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