FECUNDITY RITES, HUNTING MAGIC AND DEATH CULT
FOR man in the natural state it was impossible, with his intelligence, to understand natural phenomena, especially nature's procreative work, otherwise than as the work of one or more hidden personalities. At an early stage two personified principles became more prominent than the others: a life-giving, procreative principle, and a fostering, nourishing principle--male and female. It was only later that the necessity arose of discovering among the phenomena of nature where these divinities had their being, and in this quest there undoubtedly arose differences of opinion under different natural conditions and at different stages of development. The life-giving god could be imagined in the skies, in the lightning, the sun, and so on, and the goddess of nourishment in the earth, the clouds or, in popular belief, in the moon, which yields the dew of life, or in the dawn, etc., and, indeed, where linguistic conditions, as in the case of the Germanic peoples and the peoples of the north indicated it, certainly also in the sun. Even to-day this goddess survives, in a manner, in thought, speech and writing, although most people are unconscious of her. She is now called Nature.
With this fine passage, supported by sure and meticulous evidence, our great folklorist, Edvard Hammarstedt, concludes his important dissertation, "Lussi".1
In it he shows that the Lussi festival of December 13th, the festival of light which introduces Christmas and which in our mind is associated with the picture of the young girl with a wreath of burning candles in her dishevelled hair, does not merely go____________________
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Publication information: Book title: Children of the Yellow Earth; Studies in Prehistoric China. Contributors: J. Gunnar Andersson - Author, E. Classen - Translator. Publisher: Macmillan. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1934. Page number: 277.
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