Primitive culture: Researches into the development of mythology, philosophy, religion, language, art, and custom

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9780879684648: Primitive culture: Researches into the development of mythology, philosophy, religion, language, art, and custom

Ta VU CHAPTER XVII. ANIMISM (jiontinued). Polytheism comprises a class of great Deities, ruling tlie course of Nature and the life of Man Childbirth-god A grioulture-god War-god God of theD ead First Man as Divine Ancestor Dualism; its rudimentary and unethical nature among low races ;its development through the course of culture Good andE vilD eity Doctrine of Divine Supremacy, distinct from, while tending towards, the doctrine of Monotheism I dea of Supreme Deity evolved in various forms among the lower races ;its place as completion of the Polytheistic system and outcome of the Animistic philosophy ;its continuance and development among higher nations General survey of Animism as a Philosophy of Religion Recapitulation of the theory advanced as to its development through successive stages of culture ;its primary phases best represented among the lower races, while survivals of these among the higher races mark the transition from savage through barbaric to civilized faiths Transition of Animism in the History of Religion ;its earlier and later stages aa a Philosophy of the Universe ;its later stages as the principle of a lI oral Institution 304 CHAPTER XVIII. RITES AND CEREMONIES. Religions Rites :their purpose practical or symbolic Prayer: its continuity from low to high levels of Culture; its lower phases Unethical; its higher phases Ethical Sacrifice; its original Gifl theory passes into the Homage-theoiy and the A bnegation-theory Manner of reception of Sacrifice by Deity Materia] Transfer to elements, fetish-animals, priests ;consumption of substance by deity or idol ;offering of blood ;transmission by fire; incense Essential Transfer: consumption of essence, savour, etc. Spiritual Transfer :consumption or transmission of soul of offering Motive of sacrificer Transition from Gift-theory toT lomagetheorj-: insignificant and formal offerings ;sacrifici
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