Hartland. Legend of Perseus

Today's free book is The Legend of Perseus by Edwin Sydney Hartland (1896). For the table of contents, check at the bottom of this post below the image.

The book is available at Hathi Trust (I have not checked for other online sources).


Table of Contents

Volume 1: The Supernatural Birth
1. The legend of Perseus as preserved in Classical writers - its three trains of incident - the Danae type of the story in modern folklore
2. The story in modern folklore - the King of the Fishes type
3. The remaining types of the story
4. The incident of the supernatural birth in Marchen
5. The supernatural birth in sagas
6. The supernatural birth in practical superstitions
7. Death and birth as transformation

Volume 2: The Life-Token
8. The life-token in tale and custom
9. Witchcraft: sympathetic magic
10. Witchcraft: philtres - preventive and remedial leechcraft
11. Sacred wells and trees
12. Totemism - the blood covenant - customs connected with saliva
13. Funeral rites
14. Marriage rites
15. The couvade and other illustrations of the strength of the blood-tie - conclusion of the inquiry into the theory of the life-token

Volume 3: Andromeda - Medusa.
16. The rescue of Andromeda in Marchen
17. The rescue of Andromeda in sagas
18. The rescue of Andromeda: its relation to human sacrifices
19. The Medusa-witch in Marchen
20. The Medusa-witch in saga and superstition
21. The story as a whole. The problem of its place of origin. Conclusion.
A. Helpful Animals
B. Weapons
C. The Impostor and the Tokens
D. The Deliverer's Sleep



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