Journal of the Anthropological Society of London Volume 7

Journal of the Anthropological Society of London Volume 7

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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. 1869 edition. Excerpt: ...period in the sequence of the stages of its development. As Dr. Draper remarks, " There is a progress for races of men as well marked as the progress of one man. There are thoughts and actions appertaining to specific periods in the one case as in the other. Without difficulty we affirm of a given act that it appertains to a given period. We recognise the noisy sports of boyhood, the business application of maturity, the feeble garrulity of old age. We express our surprise when we witness actions unsuitable to the epoch of life. As it is in this respect in the individual so it is in the nation. The march of individual existence shadows forth the march of race existence, being, indeed, its representative on a little scale." The mythic period is thus the invariable and necessary evolution of the youthful phase of man's development, as well in the individual as in the aggregate. Man being endowed in all races with the same instincts, capacities and faculties, works out similar conceptions and ideas, according to the stage of his development, for the mode of action of human organisation is uniform in all climes. In the early stage, like the child, he extends his personality to all he sees, he transfers his human attributes, his feelings, passions, vitality to all external and material things, he invests the trees, the winds, the rocks, the rivers with consciousness and will, he seeks to bring all nature into harmony with his human nature, he attributes life and intelligence to all parts of creation, he identifies the elements, the stars with superior beings; he thus receives impressions which produce analogous ideas and feelings in different countries, which he embodies, gives a concrete shape to and combines in the form of a fiction. Prichard...
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  • English
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