Introduction to Anthropology

Introduction to Anthropology

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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. 1863 edition. Excerpt: ...for instance, with the Hottentots, Lapps, Celts in Ireland--have extreme localities before us which are very remote from the supposed centre and starting point of the migration. As it was formerly traditionally assumed that mankind descended from one pair, it was but natural to look for the cradle of humanity, to inquire how the original stocks became divided, and what roads they took when they left their original dwelling place to search for new localities. In modern times many au-thors have attempted positive counter-proofs. Rudolphi3 has pointed out the difliculties under which the assumption laboured, that the distribution of-mankind over the globe had only proceeded from one spot. These difliculties are manifestly nowhere so great as in the South Sea; and yet even there it can be satisfactorily shown that they are not unsurmountable. Not to become tedious, we would here only mention that Japanese are frequently mentioned as having been cast away in the South Sea. Thus they came, by a long involuntary sea-voyage, 1690, to Manilla,1 in 1832 to Oahu,2 in 1833 to Point Grenaille, 1 "D. Einheit des Menschengeschl," 1845. 2 " Man and his migrations," p. 157, 1850. 3 " Beitriige zur Anthropol.," p. 150, 1812. % north of the mouth of the Columbia river;3 and Humboldt has shown that to proceed from Asia to America, without passing beyond the 55th degree of N. lat., did not require more than a sea-voyage of twenty-four to thirty-six hours.4 Still more decisive is the agreement of language, tradition, manners, and religion prevailing in Polynesia, from the Sandwich islands to New Zealand; so that the assumption of a different descent of these island populations cannot be admitted. Thus the difficulties more

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  • Paperback | 164 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 304g
  • United States
  • English
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  • 1236929543
  • 9781236929549