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$ 1. Killing the Divine King, pp. 1-59.—The high gods mortal, pp. 1-5;

human gods also mortal and therefore put to death in their prime, before

decay sets in, p. 5 sq.; common men for the same reason prefer a violent

death, pp. 6-8; the Chitomé, the Ethiopian kings of Meroe, and other

African kings and chiefs put to death, especially on any symptom of bodily

decay, pp. 8-13; in South India kings kill themselves after reign of twelve

years, p. 14 sq.; mitigation of this rule in case of king of Calicut, p. 15;

kings regularly succeeded by their murderers in Bengal, Passier in

Sumatra, and among the old Slavs, pp. 15-17 ; substitutes put to death

for Sultan of Java, p. 17 sq.; Dorian kings liable to be deposed every eight

years, on sign of falling star, p. 18 sq.; falling stars feared, pp. 19-21,

regarded as souls of dead, pp. 21-23; mock king put to death every year

at Babylonian festival of the Sacaea, probably as a substitute for the real

king, pp. 24-26 ; king of Ngoio killed after reign of one day, p. 26; in

Cambodia and Siam king abdicates annually and is replaced for a short

time by a temporary king, pp. 26-30; temporary king at the beginning of

each reign, p. 30 sq.; these temporary kings perform magical functions and

sometimes belong to the royal stock, pp. 31-34 ; members of royal families

liable to be sacrificed at Alus and Orchomenus in Greece, pp. 34-38 ;

kings and also common people sacrifice their children among the Semites,
pp. 38-40; references to the custom in Scripture, pp. 40-43 ; probably
the victims were the firstborn, pp. 43-47 ; this confirmed by tradition of
origin of Passover, pp. 47-50 children, especially the firstborn, sacrificed
by other peoples besides the Semites, pp. 51-55 ; thus king probably
allowed to sacrifice first his son and afterwards a criminal instead of him-

self, p. 55 sq.; soul of deceased transmitted to successor, pp. 56-59.

2. Killing the Tree-spirit, pp. 59-70.-King of the Wood probably killed

formerly at end of set term, p. 59 sq. ; pretence of killing leaf-clad repre-
sentatives of tree-spirit (the Pfingstl, the Wild Man, the King) every year

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