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  • So, too, the study of the origin of religion in the light of the religious philosophy of uncultured peoples has been exploited against Christian (theistic belief) on the unwarranted ground that Christianity is but a refinement, through a long process of evolution, of a crude primitive religion originating in ghost-worship.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 1: Aachen-Assize

  • The latter belief, developed into an animistic ghost-worship, obscures, but does not obliterate, the former.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 4: Clandestinity-Diocesan Chancery

  • Australia the supreme Being cannot have been evolved out of ghost-worship for the natives do not worship ancestral spirits.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 4: Clandestinity-Diocesan Chancery

  • The real roots of religion lie far deeper: deeper, perhaps, than sun-worship, ghost-worship, and fear of demons.

    God and my Neighbour

  • In consistency with this supposed tendency of science, to resolve all things into their simplest, and earliest forms, religion has been traced back to the superstition and ghost-worship of savages; and then it has been contended that it is, in essence, nothing more than superstition and ghost-worship.

    Browning as a Philosophical and Religious Teacher

  • Such morality, such principles of manly conduct as the natives now have, are bound up with their ghost-worship and still more with their tribal system, which prescribes loyalty to the chief, courage in war, devotion to the interests of the tribe or clan.

    Impressions of South Africa

  • But this earliest ghost-worship must have long preceded that period of mental development in which men first became capable of forming abstract ideas.

    Japan: an Attempt at Interpretation

  • The latter two would seem rather of the period in which a true mythology -- an enormous polytheism -- had been developed out of the primitive ghost-worship.

    Japan: an Attempt at Interpretation

  • If we may build upon the slender materials which alone are available, it would seem that the dead chieftains were buried in barrows, and ghost-worship was practised at their tombs.

    Early Britain Anglo-Saxon Britain

  • Indeed, most of our nomologists at home believe that all taboos originally arose out of ancestral ghost-worship, and sprang from the craven fear of dead kings or dead relatives.

    The British Barbarians


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