The Spirit of Nations Translated from the French

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General Books LLC, 2009 - 180 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1753 Excerpt: ... Basis; or, if the Term may be allowed, the Soil in which have been bred all Religions of Man's planting, Festivals, and Ablutions of the Body. The "Japonnese conceive, that to appear before the Gods with an afflicted Heart is indecent: Music, they believe, diverts them: Rites, Ceremonies, Formularies, ecclesiastical Laws, as Rules of Conduct, they have none, at least in the Sintos, which is the Court Religion.. To come to the second Article, the Doctrine of the Ablutions of the Body is not easily accounted for; yet has it not been the less established among the Nations of the remotest Antiquity. Possibly the Orientals, Authors of the first Religions, taking an extreme Delight in Bathing, as moderating the Heat of their Climate; and besides wanting Linen, abounding also in every Kind of Luxury and Ornament, conceived this excessive Love for Purifications, and whatever related to bodily Elegancies. Thus the Egyptian Religion, spreading itself every where with an extreme Rapidity, Purifications became an Article in the Symbol of all Religions. However this may be, certain it is, that the most sublime Observers of the Mysteries of Ceres, recommended the Purity of the Body as an essential Qualification for the State of Perfection. Purifications were the established Preparatives for the Celebration of those Mysteries which contained a most pure Doctrine on the Nature of the Soul and.Morality.. I cannot think, that this proceeded from an Imagination that there was any Connection between the Cleanliness of the Body and the Purity of the Soul; but among the Antients every thing was double, every thing was emblematic: Nothing was done by them, which was not declared by some energetical Figure; and the Learned had used themselves to these national Customs. This Spiri...

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