The General Prevalence of the Worship of Human Spirits, in the Antient Heathen Nations: Asserted and Proved

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Galabin and Baker, 1783 - Ancestor worship - 495 pages

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Page i - God, nor were thankful, but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened ; and they changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four-footed beasts, and creeping things.
Page 401 - Nulli certa domus ; lucis habitamus opacis, riparumque toros et prata recentia rivis incolimus. Sed vos, si fert ita corde voluntas, 675 hoc superate jugum ; et facili jam tramite sistam.
Page 421 - Hence it was, that, upon the funeral piles of the dead, they were accustomed to throw letters, in order to their being read by their departed friends.* And being able, as they imagined, to...
Page 190 - But the animals, not being able to bear the prevalence of light, died. Belus upon this, seeing a vast space unoccupied, though by nature fruitful, commanded one of the gods to take off his head, and to mix the blood with the earth, and from thence to form other men and animals, which should be capable of bearing the air. Belus formed also the stars, and the sun, and the moon, and the five planets.
Page 19 - Near the beginning of his firft chapter, the defign of which is to prove, ' that the greateft part of thofe Deities to whom the Heathens facrificed, were by them confidered as exifting prior to the creation of man,' he has quoted a paflage from the beginning of Hefiod's Theogony, containing a poetical and allegorical account of the origin ' of the immortals always exifting,' and of the earth in its prefent form, &c. In his remarks upon it, he fays, among other things, ' The ancient Greeks acknowledged...
Page 173 - Qua niger astriferis conectitur axibus aer Quodque patet terras inter lunaeque meatus, Semidei manes habitant, quos ignea virtus Innocuos vita patientes aetheris imi Fecit, et aeternos animam collegit in orbes : Non illuc auro positi nee ture sepulti 10 Perveniunt.
Page 419 - And, though they could not be felt and handled, like bodies of flefh and blood, and were of a larger fize; yet they had the fame lineaments and features. Being an original part of the human frame, they were wounded whenever the body was, and retained the impreffion of their wounds. " Their idea of men's future ftate of exiftence was formed upon the model of our prefent condition. They lent money in this world upon bills payable in the next. Between both worlds there was thought to be an open intercourfe...
Page xii - Shew us things for to come hereafter, that "we may know that ye are god's ; yea, do good or do evil, that we may be diftnayed, or " thenfoall be Jlruck at once 'with admiration and terror1.
Page 420 - These gifts were sometimes supposed to be conveyed into the other world in their own natural form : for they put into the mouth of a dead man a piece of money, to pay Charon for his passage over Styx ; and a cake, of which honey was the principal ingredient, to pacify the growling Cerberus.
Page 423 - ... were of men. In a word, whatever was burnt or interred with the dead, their ghofts were thought to receive and ufe.

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