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In this classic study are considered three paths in the evolution of religion: the connection of religious rites and observations with the sun and other astronomical bodies, leading to the invention of remote...
In this classic study are considered three paths in the evolution of religion: the connection of religious rites and observations with the sun and other astronomical bodies, leading to the invention of remote deities in heaven; the second involving religion with the earth, nature, and seasonal changes; the third linking religion with the human body, aspects of fertility and undying life. So too covered is the process which divinities and demons were created and rites for their propitiation and placation established.
Contemporary readers seeking answers to the question of what caused the appearance of faith and the phenomenon of religion will find this book invaluable study.
II. Solar Myths and Christian Festivals
III. The Symbolism of the Zodiac
IV. Totem-Sacraments and Eucharists
V. Food and Vegetation Magic
VI. Magicians, Kings and Gods
VII. Rites of Expiation and Redemption
VIII. Pagan Initiations and the Second Birth
IX. Myth of the Golden Age
X. The Saviour-God and the Virgin-Mother
XI. Ritual Dancing
XII. The Sex-Taboo
XIII. The Genesis of Christianity
XIV. The Meaning of it All
XV. The Ancient Mysteries
XVI. The Exodus of Christianity
Appendix on the Teachings of the Upanishads
II. The Nature of the Self
Posted May 31, 2001
I always knew that Christianity was a lie. I had known they had 'borrowed' pagan festivities and all to dupe the masses but it wasn't until I read this book that I realized the extant of the sham. It's definitely an eye-opener, and pagans and free thinkers must own a copy!
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