Monday, August 17, 2009

Quotes: Primitive Belief (1)

Primitive belief xxi "The 'soul' of all human beings, it is believed, can quit the body temporarily in moments of sleep, sickness, or stress; grow enfeebled through old age; or be deliberately extracted by malevolent magicians ...all human beings are subjected, among primitive peoples, to a...system of taboos, by which such calamity is supposedly prevented." Synopsis. Frazer, The New Golden Bough. You say "God Bless You" when someone sneezes to protect against that person's losing the soul through the sneeze.

Primitive belief 49 "Just as the savage eats many animals or plants in order to absorb desirable qualities with which he believes them to be endowed, so he avoids eating many others lest he acquire undesirable qualities which he attributes to them." Frazer, The New Golden Bough. Supposedly, cannibals eat people for the same reason.

Primitive belief 50 "...even in England there may be found traces of this primitive belief that the good luck of fishermen at sea can be directly influenced by the conduct of their wives at home." Frazer, The New Golden Bough.

Primitive belief 67 "The sympathetic connection supposed to exist between a man and the weapon which has wounded him is probably founded on the notion that the blood on the weapon continues to feel with the blood in his body." Frazer, The New Golden Bough.

Primitive belief 71 "There is a widespread belief that twin children possess magical powers over nature, especially over rain and weather." Frazer, The New Golden Bough.

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