Despite the modern fascination with royalty, anthropologists have sorely missed the topic in fresh a long time. This booklet combines a powerful theoretical argument with a wealth of ethnography from kingships in Africa, Asia and the Pacific. Quigley provides a well timed and much-needed evaluate of the anthropology of kingship and a very important reassessment of the contributions of Frazer and Hocart to debates in regards to the nature and serve as of royal ritual. From different fieldwork websites a few eminent anthropologists exhibit how ritual and gear intertwine to provide a chain of adaptations round fable, tragedy and old realities.

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