Document Type

Review

Date of this Version

1975

Publication Source

The Journal of American Folklore

Volume

88

Issue

348

Start Page

194

Last Page

195

DOI

10.2307/539202

Abstract

The ritual theory of myth inspired some of the highest literary achievements of the twentieth century, such as T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land, but at the same time it also created one of the most attractive fallacies to his humanistic scholarship: the origin of myth in ritual and ritual only. This theory influenced anthropology and archaeology, biblical scholarship and literary criticism. Folklore resisted its lure, yet was occasionally vulnerable to its devastating effects. A few years ago the ritual theory of myth appeared to be all but dead, but recently, like divine kingship itself, this idea has shown signs of resurrection.

Copyright/Permission Statement

Published as Review of Ben-Amos, D. Reviewed work: The Ritual Theory of Myth. The Journal of American Folklore 88(348), 194-195. © 1975 by the American Folklore Society.

Share

COinS
 

Date Posted: 22 September 2017

This document has been peer reviewed.