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Franz Boas' Postulate of the Warfare Origin of Secret Societies and Myths about the "Culture Heroˮ and the "Tricksterˮ in North America
In this paper, the authors argue that Franz Boas had a coherent theory of the secret society, which he did not systematically develop anywhere, but which can be reconstructed from several of his works. The authors are not dealing with the whole theory, but only with the postulate of the warfare origin of secret societies (which later became the foundation of the Männerbund theory). Namely, Boas believed that the secret societies of the North American Indians were originally warlike, but that bydoi:10.21301/eap.v16i1.1 fatcat:nzf4q666kfen7aqwwwnxg7smtm