Myth, Ritual and Religion, Volume 1

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Longmans, Green, and Company, 1899 - Myth - 719 pages

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Page i - HARVARD COLLEGE LIBRARY FROM THE BEQUEST OF JAMES WALKER (Class of 1814) President of Harvard College '* Preference being given to works in the Intellectual and Moral Sciences " THE MYTHOLOGY OF THE ARYAN NATIONS.
Page 244 - From what this creation arose, and whether [any one] made it or not, he who in the highest heaven is its ruler, he verily knows, or even he does not know.
Page 342 - The same high mental faculties which first led man to believe in unseen spiritual agencies, then in fetishism, polytheism, and ultimately in monotheism, would infallibly lead him, as long as his reasoning powers remained poorly developed, to various strange superstitions and customs.
Page 247 - When (the gods) divided Purusha, into how many parts did they cut him up? What was his mouth? What arms (had he)? What (two objects) are said (to have been) his thighs and feet? The Brahman was his mouth; the Rajanya was made his arms; the being (called) the Vaisya, he was his thighs; the Sudra sprang from his feet.
Page 247 - When the gods performed a sacrifice with Purusha, as the oblation, the spring was its butter, the summer its fuel, and the autumn its (accompanying) offering. 7. This victim, Purusha, born in the beginning, they immolated on the sacrificial grass.
Page 115 - to sing you a simple, innocent hymn, in praise of Nature, a spring or jovial hunting stave, he never gives you anything but a form of incantation, with which he says you will be able to call to you all the birds from the sky, and all the foxes and wolves from their caves and burrows.
Page 70 - ... what men's eyes behold is but the instrument to be used or the material to be shaped, while behind it there stands some prodigious but yet half-human creature, who grasps it with his hands or blows it with his breath. The basis on which such ideas as these are built is not to be narrowed down to poetic fancy and transformed metaphor. They rest upon a broad philosophy of nature; early and crude, indeed, but thoughtful, consistent, and quite really and seriously meant.
Page 101 - Man's craving to know the causes at work in each event he witnesses, the reasons why each state of things he surveys is such as it is and no other, is no product of high civilization, but a characteristic of his race down to its lowest stages. Among rude savages it is already an intellectual appetite whose satisfaction claims many of the moments not engrossed by war or sport, food or sleep.
Page 77 - The origin of these family names," says Sir George Grey, " is attributed by the natives to different causes. . . , One origin frequently assigned by the natives is, that they were derived from some vegetable or animal being very common in the district which the family inhabited!

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