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In Africa, stock-and-stone worship is found among the Damaras of the South, whose ancestors are represented at the sacrificial feasts by stakes cut from trees or bushes consecrated to them, to which stakes the meat is first offered ; 1 among the Dinkas of the White Nile, where the missionaries saw an old woman in ber hut offering the first of her food and drink before a short thick staff planted in the ground, that the demon might not hurt her ;' among the Gallas of Abyssinia, a people with a well-marked doctrine of deities, and who are known to worship stones and logs, but not idols. In the island of Sambawa, the Orang Dongo attribute all supernatural or incomprehensible force to the sun, moon, trees, &c., but especially to stones, and when troubled by accident or disease, they carry offerings to certain stones to implore the favour of their genius or dewa. Similar ideas are to be traced through the Pacific islands, both among the lighter and the darker races. Thus in the Society Islands, rude logs or fragments of basalt columns, clothed in native cloth and anointed with oil, received adoration and sacrifice as divinely powerful by virtue of the atua or deity which had filled them. So in the New Hebrides worship was given to water-worn pebbles, while Fijian gods and goddesses had their abodes or shrines in black stones like smooth round milestones, and there received their offerings of food. The curiously anthropomorphic idea of stones being husbands and wives, and even having children, is familiar to the Fijians as it is to the Peruvians and the Lapps.
The Turanian tribes of North Asia display stock-andstone worship in full sense and vigour. Not only were
Btones, especially curious ones and such as were like men or animals, objects of veneration, but we learn that they were venerated because mighty spirits dwelt in them. The Samoyed travelling ark-sledge, with its two deities, one with a stone head, the other a mere black stone, both dressed in green robes with red lappets, and both smeared with sacrificial blood, may serve as a type of stone-worship. And as for the Ostyaks, had the famous King Log presented himself among them, they would without more ado have wrapped his sacred person in rags, and set him up for worship on a mountain-top or in the forest.1 The frequent stock-and-stone worship of modern India belongs especially to races non-Hindu or part-Hindu in race and culture. Among such may serve as examples the bamboo which stands for the Bodo goddess Mainou, and for her receives the annual hog, and the monthly eggs offered by the women;2 the stone under the great cotton-tree of every Khond village, shrine of Nadzu Pennu the village deity;3 the clod or stone under a tree, which in Behar will represent the deified soul of some dead personage who receives worship and inspires oracles there ; 4 the stone kept in every house by the Bakadara and Betadara, which represents their god Buta, whom they induce by sacrifice to restrain the demon-souls of the dead from troubling them;5 the two rude stones placed under a shed among the Shanars of Tinnevelly, by the medium of which the great god and goddess receive sacrifice, but which are thrown away or neglected when done with.8 The remarkable groups of standing-stones in India
1 Castren, 'Finn. Myth.' p. 193, etc., 204, etc.; 'Voyages an Nord,' vol. viii. pp. 103, 410; Klcmm, 'C. G.' vol . iii. p. 120. See also Steller, 'Kamtschatka,' pp. 265, 276.
s Hodgson, 'Abor. of India,' p. 174. See also Macrae in 'As. Res.'vol. vii. p. VJ6; Dalton, Kols, in "Tr. Eth. Soc.' vol . vi . p. 33.
1 Macphursou, India, pp. 103, 358.
* Bustian, ' Psychologie, ' p. 177. See also Shortt, 'Tribes of Neilgherrios' in 'Tr. Eth. Soc.' vol. vii. p. 281.
» Elliot iu 'Jonrn. Eth. Soc.' vol. i . 1869, p. 115.
• Buuhanan, 'Mysore,' in Finkeiton, vol. vii. p. 739.
are in many cases at least set up for each stone to represent or embody a deity. Mr. Hislop remarks that in every part of Southern India, four or five stones may often be seen in the ryot's field, placed in a row and daubed with red paint, which they consider as guardians of the field and call the five Pandus; he reasonably takes these Hindu names to have superseded more ancient native appellations. In the Indian groups it is a usual practice to daub each stone with red paint, forming as it were a great blood-spot where the face would be if it were a shaped idol.1 In India, moreover, the rites of stone-worship are not unexampled among the Hindus proper. Shashti, protectress of children, receives worship, vows, and offerings, especially from women; yet they provide her with no idol or temple, but her proper representative is a rough stone as big as a man's head, smeared with red paint and set at the foot of the sacred vata-tree. Even Siva is worshipped as a stone, especially that Siva who will afflict a child with epileptic fits, and then, speaking by its voice, will announce that he is Panchanana the Five-faced, and is punishing the child for insulting his image; to this Siva, in the form of a clay idol or of a stone beneath a sacred tree, there are offered not only flowers and fruits, but also bloody sacrifices.2
This stone-worship among the Hindus seems a survival of a rite belonging originally to a low civilization, probably a rite of the rude indigenes of the land, whose religion, largely incorporated into the religion of the Aryan invaders, has contributed so much to form the Hinduism of to-day. It is especially interesting to survey the stock-and-stone worship of the lower culture, for it enables us to explain by the theory of survival the appearance in the Old World, ia the very midst of classic doctrine and classic art, of the
1 Elliot in 'Journ. Eth. Soe' vol. i. pp. 96, 115, 125. J.nbbock, 'Origin of Civilization,' p. 222. Forbes Iieslie, 'Early Races of Scotland,' vol. ii. p. 462, etc. Prof. Liebrecht, in 'Ztsehr. fur Ethnologie,'vol. v., p. 100, compares the field-protecting Priapos-hermes of ancient Italy, daubed with minium.
s Ward, 'Hindoos,'vol. ii. pp. 142,182, etc., see 221. See also Latham, 'Descr. Eth.' vol. ii. p. 239. (Siah-push, stoue offered to the representative of deity j. worship of the same rude objects, whose veneration no doubt dated from remote barbaric antiquity. As Mr. Grote says, speaking of Greek worship, "The primitive memorial erected to a god did not even pretend to be an image, but was often nothing more than a pillar, a board, a shapeless stone or a post, receiving care and decoration from the neighbourhood, as well as worship." Such were the log that stood for Artemis in Eubcea, the stake that represented Pallas Athene, "sine effigie rudis palus, et informe lignum," the unwrought stone (Mdos apybs) at Hyettos which "after the ancient manner" represented Herakles, the thirty such stones which the Pharaans in like archaic fashion worshipped for the gods, and that one which received such honour in Boeotian festivals as representing the Thespian Eros. Theophrastus, in the 4th century B.C., depicts the superstitious Greek passing the anointed stones in the streets, taking out his phial and pouring oil on them, falling on his knees to adore, and going his way. Six centuries later, Arnobius could describe from his own heathen life the state of mind of the stock-and-stone worshipper, telling how when he saw one of the stones anointed with oil, he accosted it in flattering words, and asked benefits from the senseless thing as though it contained a present power.1 The ancient and graphic passage in the book of Isaiah well marks stone-worship within the range of the Semitic race:
"Among the smooth stor.es of the valley is thy portion:
Even to them hast thou poured a driuk-offering,
1 Grote, 'Hist, of Greece,' vol. iv. p. 132 ; Velcker, 'Griechische Gotterlehre,' vol. i. p. 220. Meiners, vol. i. p. 150, etc. Details esp. in Pausanias; Theophrast. Charact. xvi. ; Tacit. Hist. ii. 3; Arnobius, Adv. Gent. ; Tertullianus ; Clemens Alexandr.
3 Is. lvii. 6. The first line, "bchhalkey-nahhalhhclkcjh," tuni3on the pun Long afterwards, among the local deities which Mohammed found in Arabia, and which Dr. Sprenger thinks he even acknowledged as divine during a moment when he well nigh broke down in his career, were Manah and Lat, the one a rock, the other a stone or a stone idol; while the veneration of the black stone of the Kaaba, which Captain Burton thinks an aerolite, was undoubtedly a local rite which the Prophet transplanted into his new religion, where it nourishes to this day.1 The curious passage in Sanchoniathon which speaks of the Heaven-god forming the "baetyls, animated stones" (Otbs Oipavbs BairvKia, Xidovs Ifnfrvxovi, IxTi^avqa-aixtvos) perhaps refers to meteorites or supposed thunderbolts fallen from the clouds. To the old Phoenician religion, which matte so deep a contact with the Jewish world on the one side and the Greek and Koman on the other, there belonged the stone pillars of Baal and the wooden Ashera-cones, but how far these objects were of the character of altars, symbols, or fetishes, is a riddle.2 We may still say with Tacitus, describing the conical pillar which stood instead of an image to represent the Paphian Venus—" et ratio in obscuro."
There are accounts of formal Christian prohibitions of stone-worship in France and England, reaching on into the early middle ages,3 which show this barbaric cultus as then distinctly lingering in popular religion. Coupling this fact with the accounts of the groups of standing-stones set up to represent deities in South India, a plausible solution is suggested for an interesting problem of Prehistoric Archaeology" in Europe. Are the menhirs, cromlechs, etc.,idols, and circles
on hhlk = smooth (stone), and also lot or portion ; a double sense probably connected with the use ot" smooth pebbles for casting lots.
1 Sprenger, 'Mohammad,' vol. ii. p. 7, etc. Burton, El Medinah, etc. Rol . ii. p. 157.
: Euseb. Prep. Evang. i. 10. Movers, Phb'nizier, vol. i. pp. 105, 569, and see index, 'Saule,' etc. See De Brosscs, 'Dieux Fetiches,' p. 135 (considers bstyl = beth-el, etc.).
» Lubbock, 'Origin of Civ.' p. 225. Leslie, 'Early Races of Scotland," vol. I p. 256.