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Hartman, J.J. (1987). Psychoanalytic Study of Society. XI, 1985: After the Death of the Primal Father. Géza Róheim. Pp. 33-61.. Psychoanal Q., 56:737-738.
    
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: Psychoanalytic Study of Society. XI, 1985: After the Death of the Primal Father. Géza Róheim. Pp. 33-61.

(1987). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 56:737-738

Psychoanalytic Study of Society. XI, 1985: After the Death of the Primal Father. Géza Róheim. Pp. 33-61.

John J. Hartman

Róheim's paper, first published in 1923, was a response to Totem and Taboo as well as to Freud's subsequent papers on melancholia, group psychology, and the pleasure principle. Róheim's purpose was to extend Freud's ideas about the primal horde and the origin of totemism. His thesis was that all death rites involve repetitions of the events after the murder of the primal father by the primal horde. Róheim uses the legend of the murder and castration of Osiris, the Egyptian god of life and fertility, to demonstrate his thesis. Fratricidal war and psychological upset occurred

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after the death of the primal father and became the phylogenetic source of conflict in the ego. Róheim, like Freud, tied together phylogeny, myth, and neurosis in the psychoanalytic language of his time.

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Hartman, J.J. (1987). Psychoanalytic Study of Society. XI, 1985. Psychoanal. Q., 56:737-738

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