The Golden Bough: Spirits of the Corn

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The ancient Mexicans also sacrificed human beings at all the various stages in the growth of the maize, the age of the victims corresponding to the age of the corn; for they sacrificed newborn babes at sowing, older children when the grain had sprouted, and so on till it was fully ripe, when they sacrificed old men. No doubt the correspondence between the ages of the victims and the state of the corn was supposed to enhance the efficacy of the sacrifice.2

2Frazer, J.G.n/an/an/an/a, , 1: 237–238 (The Macmillan Company. By permission).

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Chicago: "The Golden Bough: Spirits of the Corn," The Golden Bough: Spirits of the Corn in Primitive Behavior: An Introduction to the Social Sciences, ed. Thomas, William I. (New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc., 1937), Original Sources, accessed July 22, 2024, http://originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=C9GSFQ4NHMYFW5L.

MLA: . "The Golden Bough: Spirits of the Corn." The Golden Bough: Spirits of the Corn, Vol. 1, in Primitive Behavior: An Introduction to the Social Sciences, edited by Thomas, William I., New York, McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc., 1937, Original Sources. 22 Jul. 2024. http://originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=C9GSFQ4NHMYFW5L.

Harvard: , 'The Golden Bough: Spirits of the Corn' in The Golden Bough: Spirits of the Corn. cited in 1937, Primitive Behavior: An Introduction to the Social Sciences, ed. , McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc., New York. Original Sources, retrieved 22 July 2024, from http://originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=C9GSFQ4NHMYFW5L.