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Improvisation Rites 1969

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For reasons of economy the pages of this book are reproduced from handwritten originals. The editor wishes to apologize for any inconvenience in reading caused by this method of production.

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Rites are printed in the approximate order of collection. Notes on the rites are in alphabetical order of code names. Many rites are accompanied by a pedigree naming one or more of the following: the Mother (her initials are at the head of the code name), who wrote it down as a rite; the Father (F:) who provided the idea; any other relatives the Mother sees fit to recall; and an Ancestor (A:) or Archetype, identifying the basic human or non-human state, activity or event that the rite bears on. In the notes there is no differentiation between the Mother's remarks and those of the editor and others.

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