The History of Mankind Volume 2

The History of Mankind Volume 2

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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. 1897 edition. Excerpt: ... its inarticulate replies to the locust's inquiries, and put to death. Pursued by the elephant, who has swallowed the springbok, the locust follows him into her maw, and at last, with his companion, makes his way through the angry elephant, and gets home safe and sound. Dr. Blcck has no doubt that the Bushmen have advanced as far as the adoration of the heavenly bodies. Not only fables and myths but also their knowledge of the stars and their names, testify to their good observation. The sun lived on earth as a man whose armpit radiated light, which was only of use a little way round his house; so the first Bushmen sent some children, bidding them throw him up to the sky. When the moon appears independently, it is a man from whom the sun in his anger cuts away bit after bit with the knife of his rays, until he begs that a little may be left for his children; that grows again till it is full moon. The moon was a creation of the locus;, therefore it can speak, because " Everything that belongs to the locust can speak." The beginning of death also comes into connection with the moon. Bushman children call out rude words to the moon as it waxes, although their parents rebuke them; the moon goes angrily into the sky, and darkens itself till its heart is at case again. Of all the stars, Canopus is best known to the Bushmen; they have five distinct names for it. Constellations also have figurative names, but not because of their form. They call Orion's Belt three she-tortoises hanging on a stick; Castor and Pollux, the cow elands; Procyon the bull eland; a, y9, and 7, in the Southern Cross, the lionesses; while the other stars of the same constellation are the lions; the Magellanic Clouds, the steinboks; Achernar, the stone of the...show more

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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 14mm | 463g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236488105
  • 9781236488107