REVIEWS DE HEUSCH, Luc, Ecrits sur la royauté sacrée, Brussels, Editions de l'Université de Bruxelles, 1987, 320 pp., FB 1.200, 2 8004 0928 2. On the face of it, this volume might appear to hold little interest for present-day readers in Britain and North America. For one thing Luc de Heusch is an unrepentant anthropological structuralist, 'Levi-Strauss's most faithful disciple', as Professor Jan Vansina recently described him, at a time when Structuralism has become thoroughly pass6. For another, de Heusch's central and most enduring problem, reflected in this volume through more than two decades of tortuous evolution, takes up that of the now neglected theorist Sir James Frazer: the esoteric social and religious institu- tion of Divine Kingship. If one adds that de Heusch's ethnographic materials are drawn either from classical European and Orientalist scholarship, or, for the most part, from the 'closed' worlds of African tribal cosmologies, moreover that the book is written in French, then the uninitiated could be forgiven for concluding that this was a book to ignore. In fact, such a judgement would be profoundly mistaken. Far from being a L6vi-Strauss clone, simply replicating on another con- tinent the exegetical work of the Arch
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