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· THE ORIGIN OF PRIESTHOOD

THE

ORIGIN OF PRIESTHOOD

BY

GUNNAR LANDTMAN, MAG. PHIL.

To be presented, with the permission of the Philosophical Faculty of the
Imperial Alexander-University of Finland, for public criticism in the hall
of the Hist.-Philol. Section on November 29:th 1903, at 10 o'clock, a. m.

EKENAES, FINLAND

1905

HARVARD
UNIVERS!TY
LIBRARY
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THE EKENAES PRINTING COMPANY, LIMITED

EKENAES
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PREFACE

THE studies necessary for writing this book have been pursued at the Library of the British Museum in London. It has been a great help and encouragement to me that my researches on early institutions have been honoured with scholarships from the Chancellor's Court of our University and from the Nyländska Afdelningen, the students corporation of which I am a member.

The debt which I owe to the eminent learning and unwearied advice of my friend and teacher Dr. Edward Westermarck can scarcely be overestimated. In acknowledging his never-failing interest and symphaty, and the valuable suggestions which he has made not only in reading the manuscript but during the whole progress of the work, I convey but an inadequate idea of my obligation to his kindness and insight.

I have further to acknowledge some very valuable assistance rendered me by Mrs. Herman Donner and also by Miss Anna Krook in improving the style of the book, it being written in what is to me a foreign tongue. Mrs. Donner has added to her kindness in helping me to correct the proofs.

G. L.

HELSINGFORS, FINLAND.

November, 1905.

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