Preface to the First Edition
‘THE ONLY BEGETTER’ of this work is Monsieur Le-fébure author of ‘Les Yeux d'Horus’ and other studies in Egyptology. He suggested the writing of the book but is in no way responsible for the opinions expressed.
The author cannot omit the opportunity of thanking Mr. Frederic Myers for his kindness in reading the proof sheets of the earlier chapters and suggesting some corrections of statement. Mr. Myers however is probably not in agreement with the author on certain points; for example in the chapter on ‘Possession.’ As the second part of the book differs considerably from the opinions which have recommended themselves to most anthropological writers on early Religion the author must say here as he says later that no harm can come of trying how facts look from a new point of view and that he certainly did not expect them to fall into the shape which he now presents for criticism.
ST. ANDREWS: April 3 1898.