ANIMISM

THE SEED OF RELIGION

By

EDWARD CLODD

author of

'the story of creation," "pioneers of evolution," itc, etc

LONDON

ARCHIBALD CONSTABLE & CO Ltd

16 JAMES STREET HAYMARKET

1915

BUTLER & Tanner.
THE SELWOOD PRINTING WORKS,
FROMB, AND LONDON.


PREFATORY NOTE

This little book contains more fact than comment, because the departure from the ordinary handling of the subject of Primitive Religion which it makes demands that the presentment of evidence shall precede theories of Origins.
The interconnection between subordinate parts and the main theme has rendered it impossible to avoid here and there crossing the margins of areas which will come under survey in other volumes of this series
E. C.

CONTENTS
Section

1. Prehuman Elements in Religion . . 9

2. Brain in Animal and Man . . .11

3. Man in the Making .... 19

4. Animal and Human Psychology . . 22

5. Naturalism ; OR, Conception of Power everywhere ..... 24

6. Animism ; or. Conception of Spirit everywhere ..... 26

7. Theories of the Nature of Spirit . 35

8. Spirits in Inanimate Things ... 42

9. Fear a Constant Element in Animism . 44

10. Absence of Sequence in the Objects of WORSHIP ...... 61

11. Absentee Gods ..... 64

12. Maleficent Spirits .... 69

13. Evolution of Idea of Benevolent Gods: Earth-Mother .... 63


CONTENTS

Section

14. Tree and Animal Worship ... 71

16. Stone Worship 78

16. Water Worship . .82

17. Deification and Worship of Ancestors . 85

Bibliography 100






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