Page:Folk-lore - A Quarterly Review. Volume 17, 1906.djvu/301

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The Scape-Goat in European Folklore. 287

in which a victim figures. These are questions which open a wide field of controversy and I will not attempt to deal with them here. I will merely suggest that if a representative of this vegetation spirit is killed it may be that it is killed as a cathartic victim and not to save its life from the inroads of old age.

N. W. Thomas.