The Races of Man: (Excerpts)

3 Apr


Sometimes even, as among the Bavenda for example, the young men and women give themselves up to obscene “games.”  Uncivilized peoples among whom the loss of virginity would be considered dishonoring to a girl are somewhat rare.  Most of them treat it with indifference, and among some of them defloration is obligatory before marriage;  it is effected artificially or naturally by the parents (Batak, Pelew Islanders), by the matrons (Bissayas of the Philippines), by the priests (Cambodia) and even it is said, by persons paid for this kind of work.

J. Deniker, ScD. (Paris) 1852-1918,  The Races of Man (The Walter Scott Publishing Co, LTD, Paternoster Square, London E.C. ) p. 230


The international life of peoples manifests itself in three different ways: either in hostile relations (war),  in pacific neutral relations (commerce), or in sympathetic relations (exchange of ideas and feelings, feasts, congresses, etc.).

Ibid p. 245

Inner Life of a People – Economic Organization

The system by which property is held depends on the mode of production for the distribution and consumption of wealth are in intimate relation with the mode of procuring it.

When society is organized along tribal lines in the same society three sorts of property, collective, family, and individual, may exist simultaneously side by side.  What decides its category is the character of the labor expended, the mode of production.  I have made a flint implement with my own hands, it is mine; with the assistance of my wife and children I have built the hut, it belongs to the family;  I have hunted with the people of my tribe, the beasts slain belong to us all in common.

Ibid p. 245

Races and People of Europe

Linguistic study being older than anthropological study, the classing of the best known peoples in Europe is that which is based on difference of language.  Nearly every one knows that the ethnic groups of our continent are as a consequence distributed into “Aryan” and an-Aryan peoples.  The former are divided (1) into three great linguistic families, Latin or Roman in the south-west of Europe, Teutonic in the centre and north, Slav in the south-east and east; and (2) into three smaller ones: Celtic in the extreme north-west of the continent, Helleno-Illyrian in the extreme south-east, and Letto-Lithuanian in the centre.  as to the non-Aryan group, it comprises the Basques, the Finno-Ugrians, the Turks, the Mongols, the Semites, and the Caucasian peoples.

Ibid p. 334


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