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During this really good remodeling of Lewis Spence's seminal Myths and Legends of the North American Indians, Jon E. Lewis places the paintings in context with an in depth new introductory essay and extra observation in the course of the booklet at the historical past of local americans, their language and way of life, tradition and religion/mythology. He contains examples of myths from tribes passed over through Spence, a consultant to tribes and their myths by means of quarter, a simple Lakota (Sioux) word list, courses to key pronunciations and a bibliography.

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It is customary to group the various dynasties into three 1 See Seligmann, Journal of the R oyal Al1thropological Imtitute, vol. xliii. 35 ANCIENT EGYPTIAN MYTHS periods-the Old Kingdom, comprising Dynasties I to VIII; the Middle Kingdom, Dynasties IX to XVIII; and the New Empire, Dynasties XVIII to XXVI. These divisions, however, do not imply any break in the course of Egyptian history, but are merely used for the sake of convenience. C. C. 29 80 29 00 275 0 262 5 2475 2445 2160 2000 17 88 15 80 135 0 1200 1090 945 745 718 712 663 52 5 (1906) EG YPTIAN EXPLORATION Egyptian Exploration Egypt, with its mighty ruins wrapped in silence and mystery, long ago attracted the curiosity of the traveller, for the traditions of a high civilization, of its religion, government, and culture, lingered in the memory of man; and there, from temple, pyramid, palace, and city, he has sought and gained actual and manifold proofs of the existence of that ancien t kingdom.

From polytheism may evolve in time a condition of monotheism, in which one god holds complete sway over mankind-that is, one deity may become so popular, or the priestly caste connected with him so powerful, that all other cults languish as his spreads and grows. But, on the other hand, polytheism, or the multiplicity of deities, may well spring from an early monotheism, l itself the child of a successful fetish or totem, for the attributes of a great single god may, in the hands of a people still partially in the animistic stage, become so infused with individuality as to appear entirely separate entities.

To support these they were thickened at the base and the floors vaulted. Amongst the limestone remains of houses are often found fragments of sandstone, granite, and alabaster quarried from some ruined temple, which shows that the Egyptians of those far-away days did exactly the same as their descendants, and despoiled the neglected and ruined monuments. Town Planning The plan of a town excavated shows the houses gathered closely around the temple and its square enclosure. This served as fortress and refuge if the town were attacked.

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