Memoirs of the International congress of anthropology (Google eBook)

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Charles Staniland Wake
The Schulte Publishing Co., 1894 - Anthropology - 357 pages
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Page 237 - So far as myths consist of explanations of ritual their value is altogether secondary, and it may be aflirmed with confidence that in almost every case the myth was derived from the ritual, and not the ritual from the myth...
Page 80 - ... of spring. Nor may the Sun Priest err in his watch of Time's flight ; for many are the houses in Zuni with scores on their walls or ancient plates imbedded therein, while opposite, a convenient window or small port-hole lets in the light of the rising sun, which shines but two mornings in the three hundred and sixty-five on the same place.
Page 329 - Papal medals; yet, so far as I am aware, no attempt has ever been made to form such a collection.
Page 323 - Science deals with objects and phenomena; it collects them, describes them, and classifies them. A few great men in the world generalize; speculation, acknowledged to be such, is out of fashion. This tendency of investigation to deal with phenomena has reacted upon all forms and grades of instruction, the higher as well as the popular. It has given the impulse to and shaped the growth of the highest modern method of popular instruction, " the most powerful and useful auxiliary of all systems of teaching...
Page 204 - He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle : and herb for the service of man : that he may bring forth food out of the earth ; And wine that maketh glad the heart of man : and oil to make his face to shine, and bread which strengtheneth man's heart.
Page 21 - A people is but the attempt of many To rise to the completer life of one ; And those who live as models for the mass Are singly of more value than they all.
Page 246 - Whenever an opportunity has occurred of studying a rite with its associated myth, it has been found that the myth never explains all the symbolism of the rite, although it may account for all the more important acts. A primitive and underlying symbolism, which probably existed previous to the establishment of the rite, remains unexplained by the myth, as though its existence were taken as a matter of course, and required no explanation.
Page 24 - ... expresses in this the sentiment which actuates the nation, properly so called. Consanguine governments are tribal governments; with the birth of a genuine nationality, the family, the gens, the tribe, are all doomed to disappear, and with them the modifying influences they exerted on the race. The intervening step between the tribe and the nation is usually said to be the federation, in which several tribes agree to forget their jealousies and unite in defense or offense.
Page 151 - I maintain, therefore, in conclusion, that up to the present time there has not been shown a single dialect, not an art nor an institution, not a myth or...
Page 271 - When water is allowed to drop on it slowly, it first becomes very white and chalky, and then, gradually, perfectly transparent. This property is developed so strikingly that the finder has proposed the name

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