Modern Greek Folklore and Ancient Greek Religion. A Study in Survivals. Folklore, John Cuthbert LAWSON.

Modern Greek Folklore and Ancient Greek Religion. A Study in Survivals.

London: Cambridge University Press, 1910. First Edition. Hardcover. Octavo. xii + 620 pp, Original blue cloth with gilt titling to spine. An important study of the survivals of ancient Greek religion and mythology that the author could trace in Greek folk-lore at the very end of the nineteenth century. Chapter headings: Chapter I Introductory; 1. Modern Folklore as a source for the study of Ancient Religion; 2. The survival of Ancient Tradition; 3. The survival of Hellenic Tradition; 4. The survival of Pagan Tradition; Chapter II. The Survival of Pagan Deities; The Range of Modern Polytheism; Zeus; Poseidon; Pan; Demeter and Persephone; Charon; Aphrodite and Eros; The Fates; The Nymphs; The Queens of the Nymphs; Lamiae, Gelloudes, and Striges; Gorgons; The Centaurs; Genii. Chapter III. The Communion of Gods and Men. Chapter IV, The Relation of Soul and Body; The Modem Greek Vampire; 2. The Composition of the Superstition: Slavonic, Ecclesiastical, and Hellenic Contributions; 3. Revenants in Ancient Greece; 4. Revenants as Avengers of Blood. Chapter V. Cremation and Inhumation. Chapter VI. The Benefit of Dissolution. Chapter VII. The Union of Gods and Men. General Index. Index of Greek words and phrases. The scarce first edition, but sadly with a rather shabby outward appearance. Aside from a little pencil underlining the internals are tight and clean, but the covers have large faded blotches on them, mostly around the edges, and the cloth is a little rubbed at the edges, particularly at the spine ends and points. Still a solid, serviceable copy. Item #68711

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