Evolution And Religion; A Parent's Talks With His Children Concerning The Moral Side Of Evolution

Paperback | July 8, 2012

byWilliam Trumbull

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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. 1907 edition. Excerpt: ... or, in the words of a still higher, a kindlier form of religion, that "it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God"? And yet, even in this humble, lowly form of religion, there are fetiches to guard the family interests separate from the individual fetich with its purely personal, selfish interests. Says a writer:l " Respect for the family 1 Nassau, Fetichism in West Africa, pp. 158-160. Fetichism 61 fetich is cognate to the worship of the spirits of ancestors. Among the Barotse of South Africa, 'for this worship they have altars in their huts made of branches, on which they place human bones, but they have no images, pictures, or idols. In some cases the bones of a beloved father or mother are kept in a wooden chest, for which a small house is provided, where the son or daughter goes statedly to hold communication with their spirits. They do not pretend to have any audible response from them, but it is a relief to their minds in their more serious moods to go and pour out all the sorrows of their hearts in the ear of a revered parent. This belief, however much of superstition it involves, exerts a very powerful influence upon the social character of the people.' 1 In the Benga tribe, just north of the equator, in West Africa, this family fetich is known by the name of Yaka.... The Yaka is appealed to in family emergencies. Suppose, for instance, that one member has recently done something wrong, e.g., alone in the forest, he has met and killed a member of another family, devastated a neighbor's plantation, or committed any other crime, and is unknown to the community as the offender. But the powerful Yaka of the injured family has brought disease or death, or some other affliction, upon the offender's family. They are dying...

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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. 1907 edition. Excerpt: ... or, in the words of a still higher, a kindlier form of religion, that "it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:26 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.05 inPublished:July 8, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217318703

ISBN - 13:9780217318709

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