Friday, September 11, 2009

Quotes: Primitive Beliefs (19)

The blood of kings, harvests, devils and visiting spirits.

Primitive practice 384 "…in old days gods, like kings, often married their sisters, and probably for the same reason, namely to ensure their own title to the throne under a rule of female kinship which treated women and not men as the channel in which the royal blood flowed." Frazer, The New Golden Bough.

Primitive practice 521 "For at harvest a number of wild animals, such as hares, rabbits and partridges, are commonly driven by the progress of the reaping into the last patch of standing corn, and make their escape from it as it is being cut down…reapers and others often stand round the last patch of corn armed with sticks or guns, with which they kill the animals as they dart out of their last refuge among the stalks." Frazer, The New Golden Bough.

93. Primitive practice 604 "When the last devil has taken his departure, the uproar is succeeded by a dead silence, which lasts during the next day also…devils, it is thought, are anxious to return to their old homes, and in order to make them think that Bali is not Bali but some desert island, no one may stir from his own abode for twenty-forty hours." Frazer, The New Golden Bough.

Primitive practice 605 "At the present time it is customary in every part of China to fire off firecrackers on the last day and night of the year for the purpose of terrifying and expelling the devils…." Frazer, The New Golden Bough.

Primitive practice 605 "…smeared the doors of their houses with pitch, apparently thinking that any rash spirits who might attempt to enter would stick fast in the pitch and be glued, like so many flies, to the door." Frazer, The New Golden Bough.

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