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Apollodorus, Library (ed. Sir James George Frazer), book 1 (search)
Benin “custom enjoined that once a year a lame man should be
dragged around the city, and then as far as a place on the Enyai road, called Adaneha.
This was probably a ceremony of purification.” See W. N. Thomas,
Anthropological Report on the speaking peoples of Nigeria, Part 1.
（London, 1910）, p. 35. In a race called “the King's
Race,” which used to be run by lads on Good Friday or Easter Saturday in some
parts of the Mark of Brandenburg, the winner
was called “the King,” and the last to come in was called
“the Lame Carpenter.” One of the Carpenter's legs was bandaged with
splints as if it were broken, and he had to hobble along on a crutch. Thus he was led
from house to house by his comrades, who collected eggs to bake a cake. See A.
Kuhn, Märkische Sagen und Marchen （Berlin,
1843）, pp. 323ff. but Thetis saved him.As to the fall of Hephaestus