A brilliant work about animism and its connection to various fields of religion. This ebook is not a cheap scanned version of the original but has been completely revised, including an interactive table-of-contents. CONTENTS: 1. Pre-Human Elements In Religion 2. Brain In Animal And Man 3. Man In The Making 4. Animal And Human Psychology 5. Naturalism; Or Conception Of Power Everywhere 6. Animism; Or Conception Of Spirit Everywhere 7. Theories Of The Nature Of Spirit 8. Spirits In Inanimate Things 9. Fear - A Constant Element In Animism 10. Absence Of Sequence In The Objects Of Worship 11. Absentee Gods 12. Maleficent Spritis 13. Evolution Of Idea Of Benevolent Gods - Earth Mother 14. Tree And Animal Worship 15. Stone Worship 16. Water Worship 17 Deification And Worship Of Ancestors
British polymath Edward Clodd was a banker who also established himself as a prominent thinker in the fields of anthropology and folklore. In Myths and Dreams, Clodd takes a look at the mythological beliefs of many cultures and societies, ranging from prehistoric times to the nineteenth century, providing keen insight into the ways that natural and environmental factors, rather than supernatural ones, came to shape these belief systems.