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Charles de Brosses’s Theory of Fetishism

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Abstract

In the previous chapter I introduced some of the premises of de Brosses’s theory. Before the president of the Assembly of Dijon set out to write on fetishism, discussions of Guinean fetishes had already appeared, alongside descriptions in travelers’ accounts, and had been compared to similar phenomena common among other “savage” peoples. As the comparative method was gaining ground, it became clear that its connection to theories on the progress of humankind impinged on the question of religion and its possible origin.

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Human Mind Conceptual Universe Ancient People Cultural Universe Divine Punishment 
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    F. E. Manuel, The Prophets of Paris, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA, 1962, p. 32.Google Scholar

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© Alfonso Maurizio Iacono 2016

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