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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 September 5, 2012
For those who want to know how the enemy has always counterfeited God's originals, this is a good study. God dealt with these ancient people on the basis of what they already knew but the enemy preverted. There has always been magic (supernatural phenomena), priests/priestesses and Kings/gods who were the mediators between the people and the gods (complete with sacrifices of some nature). Even Adam and his sons knew how to prepare and present a sacrifice to God who had instructed them. (Which was a type of Chirst who would come and present himself as the spotless lamb at the appointed time.) However, as always man takes the instructions of God and adds or takes away and preverts and counterfeits the things of God (Cain offered veggies which he knew was not what God prescribed and then killed his brother because God accepted the correct sacrifice)...he made a mockery of the sacrifice and then got angry because he disobeyed the pattern). An example of counterfeiting is when Moses was sent to Pharoah and He threw down his staff/rod/snake and Pharoah's magicians/priets threw down their rods/serpents but God's snake ate all theirs showing that God has total authority over all counterfeits and (gods) which the serpent represented (one of many Egypt had). I have read other books regarding this subject and it is not a bad place to start. I, for one, am so glad we have moved away from so much superstition and stupid behavior as a whole.
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Posted December 27, 2012