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"Now, primitive man is neither a metaphysician nor an idealist. He does not
concern himself with the origin and destiny of the universe, nor even with
its nature, except so far as his necessities compel him to form some
conclusions as to the nature of the forces around him. His gods are in no
sense a creation of an "idealising faculty," they are the most concrete
matter-of-fact expressions. It is not even a question of morality. He does
not say, "Let us make gods in the interest of morality and the higher life";
it is the sheer pressure of facts upon an uninformed mind that leads him to
believe in those extra-natural beings, whose anger he is bound to placate."
[Chapman Cohen]



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