The Mothers: A Study of the Origins of Sentiments and Institutions

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Macmillan, 1927 - 841 pages
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The author discusses love, marriage, motherhood, etc. from the aspect of anthropology.

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Page 690 - To me an ethnologist who speaks of Aryan race, Aryan blood, Aryan eyes and hair, is as great a sinner as a linguist who speaks of a dolichocephalic dictionary or a brachycephalic grammar.
Page 151 - If a chick is born in the absence of the hen, it will follow any moving object. And, when guided by sight alone, they seem to have no more disposition to follow a hen than to follow a duck or a human being.
Page 280 - When a young man takes a liking to a girl of another village, and the parents have no objection to the match, he is obliged to come and live at their village. He has to perform certain services for the mother-inlaw, such as keeping her well supplied with firewood ; and when he comes into her presence he is obliged to sit with his knees in a bent position, as putting out his feet towards the old lady would give her great offence.
Page 521 - Privatum ius tripertitum est: collectum etenim est ex naturalibus praeceptis aut gentium aut civilibus. (3)2 lus naturale est, quod natura omnia animalia docuit: nam ius istud non humani generis proprium, sed omnium animalium, quae in terra, quae in mari nascuntur, avium quoque commune est. Hinc descendit maris atque feminae coniunctio, quam nos matrimonium appellamus, hinc liberorum procreatio, hinc educatio: videmus etenim cetera quoque animalia, feras etiam istius iuris peritia censeri.
Page 29 - When not hungry he used to sit petting and stroking a pariah or vagrant dog, which he used to permit to feed out of the same dish with him. A short time before his death, Captain Nicholetts shot this dog, as he used to eat the greater part of the food given to the boy, who seemed in consequence to be getting thin. The boy did not seem in the least to care for the death of the dog.
Page 37 - I gave her a spoon, which she threw on the floor. I forced her out of the chair and made her pick it up. Finally I succeeded in getting her back in her chair again, and held the spoon in her hand, compelling her to take up the food with it and put it in her mouth. In a few minutes she yielded and finished her breakfast peaceably.
Page 312 - will be found, upon examination, to be free from frightful scars upon the head, or the marks of spear-wounds about the body. I have seen a young woman who, from the number of these marks, appeared to have been almost riddled with spear wounds.
Page 345 - In her childhood (a girl) should be under the will of her father ; in (her) youth, of (her) husband; her husband being dead, of her sons; a woman should never enjoy her own will" (130). *' Though of bad conduct or debauched, or even devoid of good qualities, a husband mustalways be worshipped like agod by a good wife.
Page 120 - ... my neck and bit my cheeks. It was undoubtedly a curious way of making love, and, when I had been bitten all over, and was pretty tired of the new sensation, we retired to our respective homes. Kissing, apparently, was an unknown art to her.
Page 724 - Islanders much laxity, and also " a definite system of cicisbeism in which the paramours had a recognised status. Of these paramours those who would seem to have had the .most definite status were certain relatives, viz. the brothers of the husband and the sisters of the wife. These formed a group -within which all the males had marital rights over all the females

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