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(1) Myth in Primitive Psychology (2) Fee, Fi, Fc, Fum: or, The Giants in England

    Naturevolume 120page115 (1927) | Download Citation



    OF these two volumes in this attractively got up little series, Dr. Malinowski's. contribution is written on lines with which what may be called his ‘occasional’ writings have made us familiar. It is his method to take some aspect of primitive culture—magic, jurisprudence, or, as on this occasion, myth—and, instead of dealing with it in vacua, putting it in its context as. a live element in the everyday life of primitive man as he himself has known him. In this case he shows what the legend, tradition, or story means to the native of the Trobriands by telling us not only of the matter with which it deals, but also of the manner it is told, the occasion, and by whom. It is, as he says, a reality lived, a hard-worked active force, a pragmatic charter of primitive faith and moral wisdom.

    (1) Myth in Primitive Psychology.

    By Dr. Bronislaw Malinowski. (Psyche Miniatures: General Series, No. 6. Pp. 128. 2s. 6d. net.

    (2) Fee, Fi, Fc, Fum: or, The Giants in England.

    By H. J. Massingham. (Psyche Miniatures: General Series, No. 5.) Pp. 175 + 4 plates. 2s. 6d. net. (London: Kegan Paul and Co., Ltd., 1926.)

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