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PRIMITIVE CULTURE

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PRIMITIVE CULTURE
RESEARCHES INTO THE DEVELOPMENT
OF MYTHOLOGY, PHILOSOPHY, RELIGION

LANGUAGE, ART, AND CUSTOM

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PROFESSOR OF ANTHROPOLOGY IN THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
AUTHOR OF

6 RESEARCHES INTO THE EARLY HISTORY OF MANKIND,' ETC.

"Ce n'est pas dans les possibilités, c'est dans l'homme même qu'il
faut étudier l'homme : il ne s'agit pas d'imaginer ce qu'il auroit pû
ou dû faire, mais de regarder ce qu'il fait.'—DE BROSSES.

IN TWO VOLUMES

VOL. I.

FOURTH EDITION, REVISED

LONDON
JOHN MURRAY, ALBEMARLE STREET

1903

(Rights of Translation and Reproduction reserved]

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PREFACE TO THE FIRST EDITION.

The present volumes, uniform with the previous volume of 'Researches into the Early History of Mankind' (1st Ed. 1865; 2nd Ed. 1870), carry on the investigation of Culture into other branches of thought and belief, art and custom. During the past six years I have taken occasion to bring tentatively before the public some of the principal points of new evidence and argument here advanced. The doctrine of survival in culture, the bearing of directly-expressive language and the invention of numerals on the problem of early civilization, the place of myth in the primitive history of the human mind, the development of the animistic philosophy of religion, and the origin of rites and ceremonies, have been discussed in various papers and lectures, before being treated at large and with a fuller array of facts in this work.

The authorities for the facts stated in the text are fully specified in the foot-notes, which must also serve as my general acknowledgment of obligations to writers on ethno

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Fortnightly Review : 'Origin of Language,' April 15, 1866 ; 'Religion of Savages,’ August 15, 1866. Lectures at Royal Institution : «Traces of the Early Mental Condition of Man, March 15, 1867 ; 'Survival of Savage Thought in Modern Civilization, April 23, 1869. Lecture at University College, London: Spiritualistic Philosophy of the Lower Races of Mankind, May 8, 1869. Paper read at British Association, Nottingham, 1866 : 'Phenomena of Civilization Traceable to a Rudimental Origin among Savage Tribes.' Paper read at Ethnological Society of London, April 26, 1870: * Philosophy of Religion among the Lower Races of Mankind,' &c.,

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