Boanerges. Twins, J. Rendel HARRIS.
Boanerges.

Boanerges.

Cambridge UK: University Press, 1913. First Edition. Hardcover. Large octavo. xxiv + 424pp. Original blue cloth with gilt titling to spine; index. A far-ranging study of the mythological, magical and religious beliefs surrounding twins in a wide variety of cultures and time periods. The title is taken from Boanerges; "sons of thunder"): the surname Christ is said to have given James and John, the sons of Zebedee, and is regarded by some as an equivalent to the Dioskouroi the star-crowned, twin gods worshipped in ancient Greece and Rome. The author writes: "It was inevitable that the discovery which I made of the existence of pairs of twin saints in the Church calendars, and which led back naturally to the place of the Heavenly Twins in the religions of Greece and Rome, should require to be approached from the side of anthropology rather than from that of ecclesiastical or classical culture, as soon as it became clear that the phenomena under examination were world-wide, and that the religious practices involved were the product of all the ages of human history." Chapters include: I. Boanerges .... II. The Parentage of the Twins III. The Thunder Bird, IV. The Red Robes of the Dioscuri; V. The Twin-Cult in West Africa; VI. The Twin-Cult in South Africa; VII. The Twin-Cult in East Africa; VIII. The Twin-Cult in Madagascar; IX. The Twin-Cult in South America; X. The Twin-Cult amongst the North American Indians; XI. Of Twins in Ancient Mexico, XII. The Twin-Heroes of North and South America; XIII. The Twin-Cult in Saghalien, Northern .Japan, and the Kurile Islands; XIV. Of Twins in Burma, Cambodia, and the Malay Archipelago; XV. The Twin-Cult in Polynesia, Melanesia, and Australia ..... XVI. The Twin-Cult in Assam, etc. XVII. The Twin-Fear in Ancient India, XVIII. The Twin-Cult in Central Asia Minor XIX. Why did the Twins go to Sea ? XX. The Twins and the Origin of Navigation, XXI. The Twins in Phoenician Tradition (and so on - XLV chapters in total). Cloth a bit rubbed and showing light signs of use, spine ends and upper corners bruised and chafed, lower corners bumped leaving creasing to board and light tear to cloth of front board. Endpapers unevenly browned, erasure to front pastedown. Pages toned and with a few tiny worm holes (no bigger than a pin-head and almost un-noticeable). This list makes is sound much worse than it looks: it is overall a tight, clean, unmarked near VG copy (no dust jacket). Item #66223

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