Marriage, Totemism and Religion: An Answer to Critics ...

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Longmans, Green & Company, 1911 - Marriage - 243 pages
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Page 141 - If the mere sensation of fear, and the recognition that there are probably other beings more powerful than oneself, are sufficient alone to constitute a religion, then we must, I think, admit that religion is general to the human race. But when a child dreads the darkness, and shrinks from a lightless room, we never regard that as an evidence of religion. Moreover, if this definition be adopted, we cannot longer regard religion as peculiar to man.
Page 180 - I see, as the embodied idea, a venerable kindly Headman of a tribe, full of knowledge and tribal wisdom, and all-powerful in magic, of which he is the source, with virtues, failings, and passions, such as the aborigines regard them.
Page 48 - Then will we give our daughters unto you, and we will take your daughters to us, and we will dwell with you, and we will become one people.
Page 235 - sudah (When you are dead there is an end of you). ' Neither have they any notion of the creation of the ' world. To convince myself more fully respecting * ' their want of knowledge of a Supreme Being, I ' demanded of them on whom they called for help in ' their need, when their vessels were overtaken by ' violent tempests. The eldest among them, after ' having consulted the others, answered that they ' knew not on whom they could call for assistance, ' but begged me, if I knew, to be so good as...
Page 6 - it has ever been the custom among those people for the men to wrestle for any woman to whom they are attached ; and, of course, the strongest party always carries off the prize. A weak man, unless he be a good hunter and well-beloved, is seldom permitted to keep a wife that a stronger man thinks worth his notice.
Page 15 - Therefore, looking far enough back in the stream of time, and judging from the social habits of man as he now exists, the most probable view is that he aboriginally lived in small communities, each with a single wife, or, if powerful, with several, whom he jealously guarded against all other men.
Page 208 - His soul proud science never taught to stray Far as the solar walk or milky way ; Yet simple nature to his hope has...
Page 67 - I have ventured to suggest as regards the former question is, that originally no man could appropriate any woman of his own tribe exclusively to himself, nor could any woman dedicate herself to one man, without infringing tribal rights ; "but that, on the other hand, if a man captured a woman belonging to another tribe he thereby acquired an individual and peculiar right to her, and she became his exclusively, no one else having any claim to or property in her.
Page 15 - We may indeed conclude from what we know of the jealousy of all male quadrupeds, armed, as many of them are, with special weapons for battling with their rivals, that promiscuous intercourse in a state of nature is extremely improbable.
Page 227 - Theologians agree in denying that any man in possession of his reason can, without a crime, remain ignorant of God for any length of time. This opinion I warmly defended in the University of Cordoba, where I finished the four years' course of theology begun at Gratz, in Styria. But what was my astonishment when, on removing from thence to a colony of Abipones, I found that the whole language of these savages does not contain a single word which expresses God or a divinity. To instruct them in religion,...

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