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Wilhelm Mannhardt (March 26, 1831, Friedrichstadt - December 25, 1880, Danzig) was a German scholar and folklorist. He is known for his work on Baltic mythology, as a collector, and for his championing of the solar theory.

He carried out field work despite poor health. His work was a forerunner of James Frazer's; like Frazer, his theories have subsequently been heavily criticised.


  • Letto-Preussische Goetterlehre (1870),
  • Wald- und Feldkulte. Band 1: Der Baumkultus der Germanen und ihrer Nachbarstämme mythologische Untersuchungen (reprint)
  • Wald- und Feldkulte. Band 2: Antike Wald- und Feldkulte aus nordeuropäischer Ueberlieferung erläutert (reprint)

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