By Donald A. Mackenzie

This quantity bargains with the myths of China and Japan, and it's proven that those throw gentle at the foundation and progress of civilization and the frequent dissemination of advanced rules linked to convinced modes of existence.

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These laws were " given a religious significance. Osiris instructed them (the Egyptians) in that reverence and worship which they were to pay to the gods ". Society was united by the bonds of a religious organization, and, as is found, Nilotic religion had a close association with the agricultural mode — of it life. It reflected the experiences of the early farmers reflected, too, the natural Water —the Nile water " was the water of life phenomena of —was ". the fertilizing agency. The god ; the Nile valley.

The principle of life he was also the ghost-god who controlled the river. As the Nile, Osiris was regarded as the source of all life the creator and sustainer and " ; — ruler in one. When the discovery of how to grow corn was passed from people to people and from land to land, not only the seeds and agricultural implements were passed along, but the ceremonies and religious beliefs connected with The the agricultural mode of life in the area of origin. ceremonies were regarded as of as much importance as the implements.

The discovery of how to work copper had caused the craftsmen to neglect the potter's art, and to work with enthusiasm in the hardest stone until they achieved a high degree of skill. The coarse pottery of the pre-wheel period is therefore no indication that the civilization had reached a stage of decadence. This fact should be a warning ". ; to those if the archaeologists who are prone to conclude that pottery taken from a stratum in some particular A FAR-TRAVELLED INVENTION area it "coarse", the people is who produced it at 15 the period represents were necessarily in a backward condition.

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