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Animism; or. Thought currents of primitive peoples (1919) PDF by George William Gilmore

Animism; or. Thought currents of primitive peoples (1919) PDF by George William Gilmore

Animism; or. Thought currents of primitive peoples

The result of recent historical studies, whether on anthropological, sociological, archeological, or religious lines, has brought into ever clearer vision as the substratum of all civilizations that stage of culture from which this book takes its title. One consequence is general recognition of animism as a life failure, the power of which is not yet exhausted, the study of which fascinates because of its almost infinite variety and its persistent force. The words " animism," "animistic,' have come to fall ever so lightly from tongue and pen and meet us at every turn. Yet what animism is few who use the term adequately realize? Though Sir E. B. Tylor in his imperishable monograph on Primitive Culture exhibited many of its phenomena and blocked out the main lines of investigation over forty years ago, comparatively few understand its significance or are acquainted with its manifestations even viii PREFACE yet. Fewer still comprehend the doings and beliefs as a dual or realize the state of mind — operations of perception and reason — of those whose cults and beliefs we call animistic.



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