Luc de Heusch, the acclaimed ethnographer of central Africa, structural anthropologist, and documentary filmmaker, has just passed away. Before his retirement some years ago, Luc was a long an influential professor at the Free University of Brussels. Of his many books, the best known of those translated into English is _The Drunken King, or the Origin of the State_ (Indiana University Press, 1982). The work elegantly sets forth the logic of transformation among central African myths–and especially those of what is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo–as well as a methodology that has inspired many. Luc was a most generous soul and astounding character, and he will be greatly missed.
Allen F. Roberts, UCLA