Mr. tylor's statement, of course, involves the opinion that the idea of creation is present to the Zulu mind.
The author of Primitive Culture (Mr. tylor) rebels against this theory.
As far as possessing souls is concerned, Mr. tylor has proved that plants are as well equipped as men or beasts or minerals.
The tree, in Mr. tylor's instance, was to be chopped to pieces.
For this we have, and Mr. tylor has cited, the evidence of Smith, before Jesuits arrived.
I have only summarised the full legend on the lines adopted by Dr. tylor.
Among these notions are “ideas of moral judgment and retribution after death,” which in Australia Mr. tylor marks as “imported.”
Mr. tylor proceeds to prove this by examples from Greenland, and the Algonkins.
The subject has been treated with his usual judgment and learning by Mr. tylor in his “Primitive Culture,” ii.
Spiritism, as Dr. tylor says, is but a revival of old savage animism.