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Strona 21 - Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you ; even as the green herb have I given you all things. But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat.
Strona 144 - A totem is a class of material objects which a savage regards with superstitious respect, believing that there exists between him and every member of the class an intimate and altogether special relation.
Strona 165 - That the Tantras enjoin human sacrifices to Chandika and require that, when human victims are not available, an effigy of a human being should be sacrificed to her.
Strona 280 - They have an astonishing acquaintance with the devilries of enchantment; insomuch that they make their idols to speak. They can also by their sorceries bring on changes of weather and produce darkness, and do a number of things so extraordinary that no one without seeing them would believe them. Indeed, this country is the very original source from which Idolatry has spread abroad.
Strona 44 - Sodewa Bai was born with a golden necklace about her neck, concerning which also her parents consulted astrologers, who said, ' This is no common child ; the necklace of gold about her neck contains your daughter's soul ; let it therefore be guarded with the utmost care ; for if it were taken off, and worn by another person, she would die.
Strona 322 - Few who will give their minds to master the general principles of savage religion will ever again think it ridiculous, or the knowledge of it superfluous to the rest of mankind. Far from its beliefs and practices being a rubbish-heap of miscellaneous folly, they are consistent and logical in so high a degree as to begin, as soon as even roughly classified, to display the principles of their formation and development; and these principles prove to be essentially rational, though working in a mental...
Strona 68 - They also forbid crying for the dead until three hours have passed by, lest the wail of the mourners should waken the dogs who are waiting to devour the souls of men before they can reach the throne of God. It is a very general custom during some nights after a death to leave food outside the house — a griddle cake, or a dish of potatoes. If it is gone in the morning, the spirits must have taken it ; for no human being would touch the food left for the dead. The great and old families of Ireland...
Strona 107 - ... and wakened and was alive all day, withdrawing its leaves if any one attempted to touch them. Above all, however, it was useful as a preservative against magic ; a sprig worn in the turban, or suspended over the bed, was a perfect security against all spells, evil eye, &c.
Strona 150 - SECRETORUM : in which a queen of India is said to have treacherously sent to Alexander, among other costly presents, the pretended testimonies of her friendship, a girl of exquisite beauty, who having been fed with serpents from her infancy, partook of their nature. If I recollect right, in Pliny, there are accounts of nations whose natural food was poison. Mithridates, king of Pontus, the land of venomous herbs, and the country of the sorceress Medea, was supposed to eat poison. Sir John Mandeville's...