Essays on mythology, traditions, and customs

Longmans, Green, 1867

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Página 8 - As far as we can trace back the footsteps of man, even on the lowest strata of history, we see that the divine gift of a sound and sober intellect belonged to him from the very first ; and the idea of a humanity emerging slowly from the depths of an animal brutality can never be maintained again in our century.
Página 78 - Elis is its birthplace, and that, according to Greek custom, the reigning race of Elis derived its origin from Zeus. The same custom prevailed in India, and gave rise to the two great royal families of ancient India — the so-called Solar and the Lunar races : and Pururavas, of whom more by and by, says of himself, The great king of day And monarch of the night are my progenitors ; Their grandson I. ... There may, then, have been a king of Elis, Aethlios, and he may have had a son, Endymion ; but...
Página 5 - Greek saw nations (tOvq), we see mankind, toiling and suffering, separated by oceans, divided by language, and severed by national enmity, — yet evermore tending, under a divine control, towards the fulfilment of that inscrutable purpose for which the world was created, and man placed in it, bearing the image of God.
Página 58 - Heard YE that Whistle ? As her long-linked Train Swept onwards, did the vision cross your view ! Yes, ye were startled ; — and, in balance true, Weighing the mischief with the promised gain, Mountains, and Vales, and Floods, I call on you To share the passion of a just disdain.
Página 98 - ... were, on the same pile which would consume her, while he would rise to the seat of the gods? Let us express these simple scenes in ancient language, and we shall find ourselves surrounded on every side by mythology full of contradictions and incongruities, the same being represented as mortal or immortal, as man or woman, as the poetical eye of man shifts its point of view, and gives its own colour to the mysterious play of nature.
Página 7 - In whatever language it may be written, every line, every word, is welcome, that bears the impress of the early days of mankind. In our museums we collect the rude playthings of our hero's boyhood, and we try to guess from their colossal features the thoughts of the mind which they once reflected. Many things are still unintelligible to us, and the hieroglyphic language of antiquity records but half of the mind's half-unconscious intentions. Yet more and more the image of man, in whatever clime we...
Página 141 - If Hegel calls the discovery of the common origin of Greek and Sanskrit the discovery of a new world, the same may be said with regard to the common origin of Greek and Sanskrit mythology.
Página 76 - If we want to know whither the human mind, though endowed with the natural consciousness of a divine power, is driven necessarily and inevitably by the irresistible force of language as applied to supernatural and abstract ideas, we must read the Veda; and if we want to tell the Hindus what they are worshipping — mere names of natural phenomena, gradually obscured, personified, and deified — we must make them read the Veda. It was a mistake of the early Fathers to treat the heathen gods...
Página 127 - Eurydike is bitten by a serpent (ie by the night), she dies, and descends into the lower regions. Orpheus follows her, and obtains from the gods that his wife should follow him if he promised not to look back. Orpheus promises, — ascends from the dark world below...

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