Science Volume 6, Nos. 131-157

Science Volume 6, Nos. 131-157

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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: ...material by quarrying and cutting the stone, passing to the masonry construction and then describing the roofing and surface embellishment; examples of the materials and of the quarrying and cutting implements--almost wholly of stone--were exhibited. Dr. Saville then noted ' The Geographic Distribution of a Certain Kind of Pottery found in Mexico and Central America;' this ware is characterized by a peculiar steel bluegray lustre, more nearly approaching a true glaze than any surface finish heretofore known in ancient America, of which twentysix specimens have been found in widely separated localities from Tapec, Mexico, to Copan, Honduras; he expressed the opinion that the specimens were originally made about Alta Yery Paz, Guatemala. Dr. Peet then discussed' The Serpent Symbol in Nicaraugua, ' noting the great contrast with the corresponding symbol found in the eastern part of the continent, and pointing out that in the East the serpent was generally regarded as evil or inimical to mankind, while in Nicaraugua it was considered a beneficent deity. The reasons for this diversity in belief were examined at length, and reference was made to the serpent symbol and its meaning in other parts of the world. The author expressed the conviction that, while the theory of parallel development (t. e., the doctrine of activital coincidence, which has recently grown prominent, especially among American anthropologists) was strongly suggested by the facts, it could hardly be accepted as a full explanation of the similarities and dissimilarities noted. The paper was discussed by several members, notably Dr. Munro, who expressed some skepticism concerning the prevalence of serpent worship and mentioned instances of manifest error in the interpretation of...
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  • Paperback | 666 pages
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236504410
  • 9781236504418