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Myth, Ritual And Religion, Vol. 2 (of 2)   By: (1844-1912)

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In "Myth, Ritual And Religion, Vol. 2 (of 2)" by Andrew Lang, readers delve into a captivating exploration of ancient myths, rituals, and religions from around the world. Lang's profound research and extensive knowledge on the subject come to life, offering readers a rich tapestry of cultural practices and beliefs.

The book seamlessly continues where its predecessor left off, seamlessly encompassing various cultural mythologies within its pages. Lang's expertise truly shines as he skillfully weaves together intricate narratives and analyzes their symbolic significance.

One of the most commendable aspects of this book is Lang's ability to present the information in a clear and accessible manner. He avoids unnecessary jargon and provides ample explanations, making it reader-friendly even for those unfamiliar with anthropology or folklore studies. Lang's passion for the subject matter is evident throughout, making it an engaging read for both scholars and curious individuals seeking to expand their understanding of human history and civilization.

Lang's meticulous research is evident in the breadth of mythological sources he draws upon. From Greek and Roman mythology to the legends of India and Africa, he leaves no stone unturned in his quest for knowledge. This comprehensive approach allows readers to appreciate the universality of certain themes and motifs across different cultures, while also highlighting the unique aspects of each.

Another standout feature is Lang's inclusion of detailed rituals and religious practices. Not only does he explore the myths themselves, but he also delves into the rites and ceremonies that have shaped human societies throughout history. This added layer of analysis enhances the reader's comprehension of the cultural significance behind these myths and rituals. By examining the spiritual practices alongside the stories they accompany, Lang effectively portrays the deep connection between myth and religion.

However, it is worth noting that at times, the abundance of information presented can be overwhelming. Some readers may find themselves craving a more concise approach or a stronger emphasis on particular mythologies of interest. Nevertheless, the sheer wealth of knowledge contained within these pages is a testament to Lang's dedication and scholarship.

In conclusion, "Myth, Ritual And Religion, Vol. 2 (of 2)" is an invaluable resource for anyone intrigued by mythology, ritual practices, and the profound impact they have had on human civilization. Andrew Lang's expertise shines through his accessible writing style and thorough research, providing readers with an insightful and thought-provoking journey into the heart of humanity's ancient beliefs. Whether used as an academic reference or simply read for personal enrichment, this book is a captivating exploration of the diverse world of myth and religion.

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Volume II.

By Andrew Lang

Longmans, Green, And Co.

39 Paternoster Row, London

New York And Bombay


First printed, August, 1887



Savage religion mysterious Why this is so Australians in 1688 Sir John Lubbock Roskoff Evidence of religion Mr. Manning Mr. Howitt Supreme beings Mr. Tylor's theory of borrowing Reply Morality sanctioned Its nature Satirical rite "Our Father" Mr. Ridley on a creator Mr. Langloh Parker Dr. Roth Conclusion Australians' religious.

The Science of Anthropology can speak, with some confidence, on many questions of Mythology. Materials are abundant and practically undisputed, because, as to their myths, savage races have spoken out with freedom. Myth represents, now the early scientific, now the early imaginative and humorous faculty, playing freely round all objects of thought: even round the Superhuman beings of belief. But, as to his Religion, the savage by no means speaks out so freely. Religion represents his serious mood of trust, dependence or apprehension.

In certain cases the ideas about superhuman Makers and judges are veiled in mysteries, rude sketches of the mysteries of Greece, to which the white man is but seldom admitted... Continue reading book >>

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