An Introduction to the History of Religion

Methuen, 1902 - 443 sider

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Side 181 - Ye shall not round the corners of your heads, neither shalt thou mar the corners of thy beard. 28 Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you : I am the LORD.
Side 234 - Belief in a certain series of myths was neither obligatory as a part of true religion, nor was it supposed that, by believing, a man acquired religious merit and conciliated the favour of the gods. What was obligatory or meritorious was the exact performance of certain sacred acts prescribed by religious tradition.
Side 258 - The priest is now possessed by his god, and all his words and actions are considered as no longer his own, but those of the deity who has entered into him. Shrill cries of " Koi au I Koi au / " " It is I ! It is I ! " fill the air, and the god is supposed thus to notify his approach.
Side 132 - The camel chosen as the victim is bound upon a rude altar of stones piled together, and when the leader of the band has thrice led the worshippers round the altar in a solemn procession accompanied with chants, he inflicts the first wound...
Side 174 - Many are given to witchcraft, and are deluded by the devil to believe that their life dependeth upon the life of such and such a beast (which they take unto them as their familiar spirit) and think that when that beast dieth they must die, when he is chased their hearts pant, when he is faint they are faint, nay it happeneth that by the devil's delusion they appear in the shape of that beast...
Side 284 - Here the shades of the great heroes of old sit each on his throne, crowned and terrible, rising up only to greet the coming among them of one like unto themselves . . . good and bad, heroes and plebeians, are alike condemned to this dreary lot ; a state of future punishments and rewards is as yet undreamed of ; moral responsibility ends with death. Hades is a land of forgetfulness and of darkness, where the good and evil deeds of this life are remembered no more ; and its occupants are mere shadows...
Side 49 - For all the people and all Israel understood that day that it was not of the king to slay Abner the son of Ner.
Side 181 - Oh! my child, had I known you were going to die ! Of what use is it for me to survive you?' These and other doleful cries may be heard two hundred yards from the house ; and as you go near you find that they are accompanied by the most frantic expressions of grief, such as rending garments. tearing the hair, thumping the face and eyes, burning the body with small piercing firebrands, beating the head with stones till the blood runs ; and this they called an "offering of blood for the dead.
Side 399 - But of all the great religions of the world it is the Christian Church alone which is so far heir of all the ages as to fulfil the dumb, dim expectation of mankind; in it alone the sacramental meal commemorates, by ordinance of its Founder, the divine sacrifice which is a propitiation for the sins of all mankind.
Side 256 - ... he might not touch wheaten flour or leavened bread ; he might not touch or even name a goat, a dog,- raw meat, beans, and ivy ; he might not walk under a vine ; the feet of his bed had to be daubed with mud ; his hair could be cut only by a free man and with a bronze knife, and his hair and nails when cut had to be buried under a lucky tree...

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