Man Volume 3

Man Volume 3

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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. 1903 edition. Excerpt: ... that the uubaptised child, to which, accordiug to sex, the name dpxnoc or SpaxovXa is applied, is not even a human beiug in the power of the devil, but is itself a veritable devil. The Drakos of the stories is, of course, a product of imagination, but one in which Mr. Abbott's peasant literally believed. It was fashionable in a past generation to interpret such products of the imagination as embodiments of natural phenomena. So far as I am aware no real evidence was ever adduced in support of the interpretation.-There is not the slightest reason to suppose (and it should hardly be necessary to say it today) that the pythou slaiu by Apollo had anything to do with the thunder-cloud dispelled by the rays of the sun, or that, despite Mr. Tozer, the Drakos embodies the idea of a thunderstorm. Such explanations are pure guesses, and they leave out one important consideration: mycologists may allegorise, but peoples in the folklore stage do not. In the account of the wedding ceremonies a curious omission may be noted. The traditional, extra-ecclesiastical ceremonies in the church are described. But the service itself is practically ignored. Consequently it does not clearly appear at what point or poiuts the traditionul practices occur, or what their relation is to the ecclesiastical ritual. Our knowledge from other sources may enable us to conjecture, but this is not satisfactory, especially as local variations sometimes throw a flood of light upon the process of building up a composite ceremony. The omission suggests that Mr. Abbott has not himself witnessed a wedding, or at all events this part of it. The same remark applies to the omission to tell us how a lucky is distinguished from an unlucky " first foot." But these and some other minor...show more

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  • Paperback | 134 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 254g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236554957
  • 9781236554956