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(1949). Psychoanalytic Review. XXXV, 1948: Mohave Indian Infanticide. George Devereux. Pp. 126–139.. Psychoanal Q., 18:399.

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Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: Psychoanalytic Review. XXXV, 1948: Mohave Indian Infanticide. George Devereux. Pp. 126–139.

(1949). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 18:399

Psychoanalytic Review. XXXV, 1948: Mohave Indian Infanticide. George Devereux. Pp. 126–139.

Although the Mohave Indians are fond of children, live burial of infants which were repudiated by the father, or of those conceived in intercourse with a white man, occurred in earlier times. When children were repudiated, mothers wreaked revenge on the deserting father whose duty it was to execute the burial. Burial of half-breeds expressed rage against the despised white race.

Historical case material concerning infanticide is reported along with the Mohave myth which suggests a causal relation between the burial of a child and the birth of agriculture. Analysis thereof reveals that the act of infanticide is determined by restitution fantasies (return of the child to the earth-womb), the equation child = father, and a cannibalistic motif.


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(1949). Psychoanalytic Review. XXXV, 1948. Psychoanal. Q., 18:399

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