PHALLISM IN ANCIENT WORSHIPS.
THE GOD OF WISDOM, IN THE HINDU PANTHEON.
ANCIENT SYMBOL WORSHIP.
INFLUENCE OF THE PHALLIC IDEA
RELIGIONS OF ANTIQUITY.
H O D D E R M
. W E S T R O P P
C. STANILAND WAKE.
INTRODUCTION, ADDITIONAL NOTES, AND AN APPENDIX.
BY ALEXANDER WILDER, M.D.
SECOND EDIT/ON, ILLUSTRATED.
J. W. BOUTON, 706 BROADWAY.
I'.ntered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1874,
l!v JAMKS W. BOUTON,
In the Office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington.
THE historian Gibbon has remarked that " a lively desire of
knowing and recording our ancestors so generally prevails, that
it must depend on the influence of some common principle in
the minds of men." To this we are probably to refer the inquisi-
tiveness that leads individuals to the investigation of the relics
of bygone periods, whether as naturalists, philologists, or his-
torical inquirers. The Book of Genesis has been eagerly scruti-
nized as containing a divinely-inspired record of the Origin of
Mankind ; and ancient histories are carefully turned over in
quest of clews in the same direction. The studies of language
and etymology are interesting as affording traces of the ancestry
of our modern peoples. The same plea holds good in regard to
religious inquiry. Language and worship are crystallized history.
Unbecoming alike are the supercilious disdain and the sancti-
monious contempt flung by pretentious men upon ancient ideas
and usages. The ignorant cock that scorned the jewel because
he knew not how to ascertain its value, and preferred the com
which he could scratch out from the dunghill, is an apt likeness of
such persons. It is certainly proper to pay due regard to utility and
But the disposition to confine the attention
to that limit is as imbruting and sensual as anything in fetish-
worship or the orgies of the old-time divinities. The generous
mind will cast aside such a temper, and, in obedience to its own
instincts, hasten to broader fields of exploration,