The Africans were filled with the instinct of nature-worship.
Our author (p. 217) regards Totemism as synonymous with nature-worship.
It was a combination of nature-worship with the luxury that was born of wealth.
His is the kind of nature-worship which takes nothing at second-hand.
This is what M. Rville calls the great nature-worship, in comparison with the minor nature-worship to be noticed presently.
But rightly taken in, it is probably the highest flight of human genius in the direction of nature-worship.
Its folk-lore preserves the old nature-worship which originated in the brains of the Ape-man.
Originally it consisted chiefly of ancestor- and nature-worship, and of certain mythological ideas.
Jahve was a holy God whose will was to guide the people coming up out of the degradation of nature-worship.
It is then they collect all trophies of war, and perform the rude rites of their nature-worship.