Pagan and Christian Creeds: Their Origin and Meaning
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Pagan and Christian Creeds: Their Origin and Meaning

By Edward Carpenter
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Go to top; I. Introductory; II. Solar Myths and Christian Festivals; III. The Symbolism of the Zodiac; IV. Totem-Sacraments and Eucharists; V. Food and Vegetation Magic; VI. Magicians, Kings and Gods; VII. Rites of Expiation and Redemption; VIII. Pagan Initiations and the Second Birth; IX. Myth of the Golden Age; X. The Saviour-God and the Virgin-Mother; XI. Ritual Dancing; XII. The Sex-Taboo; XIII. The Genesis of Christianity; XIV. The Meaning of It All; XV. The Ancient Mysteries; XVI. The Exodus of Christianity; XVII. Conclusion; Appendix; Edward Carpenter Biography.

Table of Contents
  • PAGAN & CHRISTIAN CREEDS: THEIR ORIGIN AND MEANING
  • PAGAN AND CHRISTIAN CREEDS: THEIR ORIGIN AND MEANING
  • I. INTRODUCTORY
  • II. SOLAR MYTHS AND CHRISTIAN FESTIVALS
  • III. THE SYMBOLISM OF THE ZODIAC
  • IV. TOTEM-SACRAMENTS AND EUCHARISTS
  • V. FOOD AND VEGETATION MAGIC
  • VI. MAGICIANS, KINGS AND GODS
  • VII. RITES OF EXPIATION AND REDEMPTION
  • VIII. PAGAN INITIATIONS AND THE SECOND BIRTH
  • IX. MYTH OF THE GOLDEN AGE
  • X. THE SAVIOUR-GOD AND THE VIRGIN-MOTHER
  • XI. RITUAL DANCING
  • XII. THE SEX-TABOO
  • XIII. THE GENESIS OF CHRISTIANITY
  • XIV. THE MEANING OF IT ALL
  • XV. THE ANCIENT MYSTERIES
  • XVI. THE EXODUS OF CHRISTIANITY
  • XVII. CONCLUSION
  • APPENDIX
    • THE TEACHING OF THE UPANISHADS
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