The Drunken King, or, The Origin of the State

The Drunken King, or, The Origin of the State

Luc de Heusch
Translated and annotated by Roy Willis
Distribution: World
Publication date: 7/1/1982
Format: cloth 0 pages, 15 illus.
ISBN: 978-0-253-31832-9
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A Choice Outstanding Academic Book of 1982
“ . . . de Heusch has achieved a significant advance over Lévi-Strauss’s formulations. . . . [A] landmark contribution to anthropological theory, historical methodology, structural analysis, and African studies.” —Choice

A major work that modifies and extends Lévi-Straussian myth analysis in profound and exciting ways. Roy Willis’s masterful translation makes technical terms accessible to the general reader.

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Table of Contents

Translator’s Introduction
Author’s Introduction

Chapter One: Kingly Manners
Chapter Two: The Rainbow and the Lightening
Chapter Three: The Outraged Father
Chapter Four: The People of the Sun
Chapter Five: Palm Wine, the Blood of Women, and the Blood of Beasts
Chapter Six: Animals with Eyes of Night

List of Myths