Essays on mythology, traditions, and customs

Longmans, Green, 1867

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Página 353 - This preservation photocopy was made and hand bound at BookLab, Inc., in compliance with copyright law. The paper is Weyerhaeuser Cougar Opaque Natural, which exceeds ANSI Standard Z39.48-1984.
Página 70 - 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 50 - 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 90 - ... 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 133 - 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 68 - 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 119 - 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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