The Supernatural (volume 1); Its Origin, Nature And Evolution

Paperback | January 1, 2012

byJohn H. King

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Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1892. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER V. The origin of Ghosts--Human and Animal. In passing from impersonal supernal assumptions to the assumptions of ghosts and spirits we enter upon a field of enquiry, vast in its dimensions and one that has engrossed the higher faculties in men to describe and account for. The ghost whether of the man or the animal has ever been esteemed as another self, capable of residing in the organic body which represents it or of holding an independent existence and in that state may be able to enter the body of another man or animal when its own ghost is absent, or when present coercing it by the greater mana power it is possessed of. Separate from its ghost the body perishes, but the ghost lives with some, perhaps, for only a short period, with others it is immortal. In the latter condition it becomes a spirit having no mortal attachment. All spirits however are not esteemed as having been originally ghosts possessing a dual nature, there are spirits single, either per se representative or generated, without having been enclosed in a mortal husk. More, there are natural objects which are held to be personalities without possessing a dual ghost nature, and this we hold to have been the intermediate concept that anticipated the birth of the ghost theory. Children and savages now methodically personify any object that to them seems to possess life, without endowing it with an indwelling spirit. With the savage in his lowest state, the partially imbecile, and the child, every object as well as person is an independant actor, what it does or is done through it are questions of conduct, it has responsibility and is subject to penalties. The deodand was demanded of the stone on which a man fell and was killed, of the tree whose branch self-breaking caused his death. The savage and child imme...

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Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1892. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER V. The origin of Ghosts--Human and Animal. In passing from impersonal supernal assumptions to the assumptions of ghosts and spirits we enter upon ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:94 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.19 inPublished:January 1, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217899625

ISBN - 13:9780217899628

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