The Archaeology of Ritual and Magic

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New Amsterdam, 1988 - Archaeology - 224 pages
Ralph Merrifield systematically examines the evidence from prehistoric times to the present and demonstrates that all through the fundamental changes of belief--from primitive animism to Christianity to scientific rationalism--the same kinds of simple ritual have survived because they answer deep human needs.

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1988/ 224p/ A


Offerings to earth and water in preRoman and Roman times
Rituals of death
From Paganism to Christianity

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