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Custom and Myth

Andrew Lang

1. 01 - Part 01
2. 02 - Part 02
3. 03 - Part 03
4. 04 - Part 04
5. 05 - Part 05
6. 06 - Part 06
7. 07 - Part 07
8. 08 - Part 08
9. 09 - Part 09
10. 10 - Part 10
11. 11 - Part 11
12. 12 - Part 12
13. 13 - Part 13
14. 14 - Part 14
15. 15 - Part 15

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CUSTOM AND MYTHINTRODUCTION.Though some of the essays in this volume have appeared in various serials, the majority of them were written expressly for their present purpose, and they are now arranged in a designed order. During some years of study of Greek, Indian, and savage mythologies, I have become more and more impressed with a sense of the inadequacy of the prevalent method of comparative mythology. That method is based on the belief that myths are the result of a disease of language, as the pearl is the result of a disease of the oyster. It is argued that men at some period, or periods, spoke in a singular style of coloured and concrete language, and that their children retained the phrases of this language after losing hold of the original meaning. The consequence was the growth of myths about supposed persons, whose names had originally been mere 'appellations.'