The Hibbert Lectures

The Hibbert Lectures

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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. 1897 edition. Excerpt: ...work, go on just as in this world, and so do war and love; although, says the Araucan, "they have no more children, for they are but souls."1 In the other world, every one retains his ancient rank. The P-olynesians believe that the departed are divided into the social classes to which they respectively belonged in their own country. The same belief prevails amongst the Kaflirs, in Dahomey, and amongst the Indian aborigines. VVhen he has descended into Hades, Achilles still, apparently, plays the part of a powerful prince amongst the dead.2 When Eabani goes down to hell, he discovers the great kings of old' still wearing their crowns,3 just as Isaiah (xiv. 9) represents the kings of the earth sitting on their thrones in Sheol above the crowd of shades. You are aware that the Egyptians reproduced all the scenes of public and private life in the interior paintings of the tombs, supposing that this would secure their recurrence for the defunct in the other world. 1 On all these points Mr. Herbert Spencer's exposition in chaps. xii. to xv. of his Sociology, vol. i., is as lucid as it is exhaustive. The future It often happens that, while still modelled life conceived on the terrestrial life, the future life is con ceived of as notably worse or better. Some the Present' times, doubtless by an inference drawn from dreams, it bears the character of a vague, pale, halfelfaced and miserable copy. Nothing can be more dismal than the fate of souls in the Hebrew Sheol, the Assyrian Arali, or the Greek Hades. "A corner in this world is better than a corner in the world of spirits," say the Yorubas of Western Africa.1 This was also the opinion of Achilles, who would have preferred to be a slave on earth rather...show more

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  • Paperback | 112 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 213g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236813618
  • 9781236813619