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Animism, the seed of religion by Edward Clodd (1905) - PDF book

Animism, the seed of religion 

Animism, the seed of religion


This little book contains more fact than a comment because of the departure from the ordinary handling of the subject of Primitive Religion which it makes demands that the presentment of evidence shall precede theories of Origins. 

The interconnection between subordinate parts and the main theme has rendered it impossible to avoid here and there crossing the margins of areas that will come under survey in other volumes of this series.


Contents:


1. Prehuman Elements in Religion . . 9 

2. Brain in Animal and Man . . .11 

3. Man in the Making .... 19 

4. Animal and Human Psychology . . 22 

5. Naturalism; or, Conception of Power 

Everywhere ..... 24 

6. Animism; or, Conception of Spirit 

Everywhere . . . . .26 

7. Theories of the Nature of Spirit. 35 

8. Spirits in Inanimate Things ... 42 

9. Fear a Constant Element in Animism. 44 

10. Absence of Sequence in the Objects of  Worship ...... 51 

11. Absentee Gods ..... 54 

12. Maleficent Spirits .... 59 

13. Evolution of Idea of Benevolent Gods: Earth-Mother .... 63 
 
14. Tree and Animal Worship ... 71 

15. Stone Worship ..... 78 

16. Water Worship ..... 82 

17. Deification and Worship of Ancestors. 85 
Bibliography 100 

Edward Clodd was an English banker, writer, and anthropologist. He had a great variety of literary and scientific friends, who periodically met at Whitsunday gatherings at his home at Aldeburgh in Suffolk.


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