All about kings.
Primitive point of view 694 "We can never completely replace ourselves at the standpoint of primitive man, see things with his eyes, and feel our hearts beat with the emotions that stirred his." Frazer, The New Golden Bough.
Primitive practice 122 "King's race: a pole with a cloth tied to it is set up in a meadow, and the young men ride past it on horseback, each trying to snatch the cloth as he gallops by…one who succeeds in carrying it off and dipping it in the neighboring River Oder is proclaimed king." Frazer, The New Golden Bough.
Primitive practice 123 "…the youth who succeeded in climbing the smooth pole and bringing down the prize was proclaimed the Whitsuntide king…. "Frazer, The New Golden Bough.
Primitive practice 277 "When in the opinion of the big men the king has reigned long enough, they give out that ‘the king is sick’—a formula understood by all to mean that they are going to kill him, though the intention is never put more plainly." Frazer, The New Golden Bough.
Primitive practice 278 "…a slight bodily blemish such as the loss of a tooth was considered a sufficient cause for putting one of these god-men to death." Frazer, The New Golden Bough.