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By Donald A. Mackenzie

This quantity offers with the myths of China and Japan, and it really is proven that those throw mild at the foundation and progress of civilization and the frequent dissemination of advanced rules linked to convinced modes of lifestyles.

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The 1 MYTHS OF CHINA AND JAPAN 6 wheel was invented by man, and credited to a god, and has from the beginning been worked by men There was apparently a religious significance in only. the connection of the sexes with the different processes. ^ ship of the Great Mother were apparently produced by potter's her priestesses. As women played their part in agricul- tural ceremonies, so did they play their part — — evidently a producing the goddess's pot symbols. The coarse jars in which were stored wines and oils and food-stuffs were gifts of the Great Mother, the giver of the womb of all she was the inexhaustible sacred Pot Domestic pottery used by women was, very Nature.

Egypt was thinly peopled until the agricultural mode of life was introduced. Someone discovered how to make use of the barley that grew wild in the Nile valley and lation than western Asia. fertile plains In time the seeds were cultivated, and community thus provided itself with an abundant food -supply. Men's minds were afterwards some little problem how to extend the area available for cultivation in the narrow Nile valley. Nature was at hand to make suggestions to them. Each year the River Nile came down in flood and fertilized the parched and sun-burnt wastes.

Queen Hatshepsut of Egypt, to * I Kings, ix, visited ^ i 26-8. 36 Kings, x, 2. WORLD-WIDE SEARCH FOR WEALTH whom reference was made in the last chapter, by sending a lated the feats of her ancestors had emu- fleet to (Somaliland or British East Africa) to bring back, other things, myrrh trees for her new 37 temple. ^ Ancient mariners set out on long voyages, not only on the quest of wealth, but also of various articles required quest of wealth Gold, silver, for had copper, religious purposes. originally Indeed, religious the associations.

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