Der Junge Goethe Und Das Publikum Volume 1, Nos. 1-4

Der Junge Goethe Und Das Publikum Volume 1, Nos. 1-4

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1910 edition. Excerpt: ...sources of wonder to be met with in primitive life. This remarkable evidence, distinguished by a rarity and fearful intensity appropriate to its character as a propaedeutic to one of the rarest of offices, is that body of phenomena nowadays studied under the various heads of suggestion, hypnotism, mesmerism, neuropathy, psychical phantasms, pneumatische Erfahrungen, and the like. The uncritical mind and narrow consciousness of the savage lay him open to such experiences in a degree hardly as yet realized; and, among the members of the horde, the neurotic who is the greatest adept in trance, nervous convulsions, hysteria, and the whole range of that sort of thing, is regarded as a sacred and inspired character. "These inspired seers represent the priesthood of every primitive religion. They cultivate mystic power and preserve it, and in them the missionaries of higher faiths have ever found their most resolute foes and successful opponents. The reason is, as I have said, that the shaman has himself been face to face with God, has heard His voice, and felt His presence. His faith therefore is real, and cannot be shaken by any argument. He may indeed, and he generally does, assist his public performances with some trickery, some thaumaturgy; but that this is merely superadded for effect is proved by the general custom that when one such adept is ill or in straits he will solicit the aid of another."'"' Moreover, it may be noted, the very addition of such thaumaturgy indicates the general atmosphere of wonder in which the whole performance is witnessed. Here, at least, is a power distinctly immediate in its interruption of the usual courses of daily affairs, whether it be experienced by the layman or by the more

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  • Paperback | 152 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 286g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236896343
  • 9781236896346