iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad Apps Search Engine
iPhone Apps Users Community
Advanced search | Example: action games
iPhone apps

The Origins Of Popular Superstitions & Customs

The Origins Of Popular Superstitions & Customs
  • #: 117198
  • Price: $3.99 In Apple Store
  • Category: Books
  • Updated: 2010-09-04
  • Current Version: 1.0
  • 1.0
  • Size: 1.10 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: Credencys Solutions Inc
  • Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 2.2 or later
  • © Credencys Solutions Inc
  •  Add to Favorite apps

 

Description

The Origins of Popular Superstitions & Customs

by T. Sharper Knowlson

THE true origin of superstition is to be found in early man's effort to explain Nature and his own existence; in the desire to propitiate Fate and invite Fortune; in the wish to avoid evils he could not understand and in the unavoidable attempt to pry into the future. From these sources alone must have sprung that system of crude notions and practices still obtaining among savage nations; and although in more advanced nations the crude system gave place to attractive mythology, the moving power was still the same; man's interpretation of the world was equal to his ability to understand its mysteries no more, no less. For this reason the superstitions which, to use a Darwinian word, persist, are of special interest, as showing a psychological habit of some importance. Of this, more anon.

The first note in all superstitions is that of ignorance. Take three representative and widely different cases. The first is a Chinaman living about one thousand years before Christ. He has before him the "Book of Changes, " and is about to divine the future by geometrical figures; the second is a Roman lady, bent on the same object, but using the shapes of molten wax dropped into water; the third is a Stock Exchange speculator seated before a modern clairvoyant in Bond Street, earnestly seeking light on the future of his big deal in Brighton A. The operating cause here is a desire to know the future, and, so long as man is man, so long will he either rely on the divinations of the past, or invent new ones more in keeping with mental science. But ignorance exists in several varieties, and one of them has to do not with the future, but with the well-established present; in other words, an accepted doctrine may be based on a misinterpretation of the facts. As Trenchard remarks in his Natural History of Superstition, "Man's curiosity is in excess of his capacity to interpret Nature and life." Thus early man attributed a living spirit to everythingto his fellows, to the lower animals, to the trees, the mountains, and the rivers. Probably these conclusions were as good as his intelligence would allow, but they became the mental stock-in-trade of all races, and were handed down from one generation to another, constituting a barrier to be broken down before newer and truer ideas of life could prevail. And the same contention applies equally to the superstition of the moment. The woman who will not pay a call unless she wears a particular amulet, or the man who starts up from a table of thirteen, his face blanched and his blood cold, are just as truly, though not in the same degree, the victims of ignorance as the animist who tried to propitiate the anger of the spirit of the stream. Ignorance is the atmosphere in which alone such superstitions can live.

For additional information on publishing your books on iPhone send your email to apps@credencys.com

Video Reviews

No video review.

Customer reviews

Write a Review

Be the first to review this app. Write a Review

Forum

Ask a question

Be the first question this app.

Users Community

+ Connect to community


The information may be outdated (2011-04-13 13:16:46). For actual information go to iTunes

Related to «The Origins Of Popular Superstitions & Customs» applications

The Origins of Popular Superstitions and Customs

The Origins of Popular Superstitions and Customs

The Origins of Popular Superstitions and Customsby T. Sharper KnowlsonTHE true origin of superstition is to be found in early man's effort to explain Nature and his own existence; in the desire to propitiate Fate and invite Fortune; in the wish to avoid evils he could not understand and in the… more

Price: $3.99 | Category: Books

An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Taste, and of the Origin of our Ideas of…

Since the early nineteenth century it has been known that Frances Reynolds, the sister of Sir Joshua, was the author of an essay on taste, which she had printed but did not publish. Yet persistent search failed to turn up a single copy. It remained one of those lost pieces which every research… more

Price: $0.99 | Category: Books

The Origins Of The Druze People & Religion

The Origins of the Druze People and Religionby Philip K. Hitti The mysterious religion of the Druze of Lebanon. "The Druze, who primarily live in Lebanon, Syria and Israel, have a mysterious religion which has been the subject of much speculation over the centuries. In the 19th century… more

Price: $3.99 | Category: Books
The Origins of the Druze People and Religion

The Origins of the Druze People and Religion

The Origins of the Druze People and Religionby Philip K. Hitti The mysterious religion of the Druze of Lebanon. "The Druze, who primarily live in Lebanon, Syria and Israel, have a mysterious religion which has been the subject of much speculation over the centuries. In the 19th century… more

Price: $3.99 | Category: Books
Longo -Analects-Read the origin of the Japanese spirit

Longo -Analects-Read the origin of the Japanese spirit

Japanese history is very long.In the long history, what is the first book reading Japanese?It is the Analects. Japanese called "Longo".Fortunately, you can get the most amazing Longo app .Knowing the Analects that Japanese love, you will love Japan more-Introduction… more

Price: $1.99 | Category: Lifestyle
Egz – The Origin of the Universe

Egz – The Origin of the Universe

Egz is a mesmerizing mix between an addictive action puzzle game and an animated movie Dont let your Egz die Egz has been optimized for iPhone 5, iPhone 6, iPad 3, iPad mini and iPod Touch 5G or newer. You can play it on older device but we cannot garantee a smooth experience Winner of the … more

Price: $3.99 | Category: Games
Darwin - On The Origin of Species (ebook)

Darwin - On The Origin of Species (ebook)

For a limited time, grab it for just 1.99Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species (published 24 November 1859) is a seminal work in scientific literature and a landmark work in evolutionary biology. The book's full title is On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the… more

Price: $1.99 | Category: Books

On the Origin of Species

Darwin consolidated a lifetime of work in 'On the Origin of Species', compiling his discoveries from the voyage of the Beagle, his experiments, research and correspondence. The book was written for non-specialist readers and attracted widespread interest upon its publication. As Darwin… more

Price: $1.99 | Category: Books
On the origin of species by Charles Darwin - ZyngRule ebook

On the origin of species by Charles Darwin - ZyngRule ebook

In the first place we should be extremely cautious in inferring, because an area is now continuous, that it has been continuous during a long period. Geology would lead us to believe that almost every continent has been broken up into islands even during the later tertiary periods; and in such… more

Price: $0.99 | Category: Books

View all related to: The Origins Of Popular Superstitions & Customs applications



Mobile Version
iApps4you.com - is iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad apps search engine and not been authorized, sponsored or approved by Apple Inc.
Copyright © 2017 iApps4you.com.
111 ms.