papalagi (papalagi) wrote,

Эрнст Кассирер (1874-1945) Myth of the State (1946)

Part I What is myth?
III Myth and the psychology of emotions
...Myth is the epic element in primitive religious life; rite is the dramatic element. We must begin with studying the latter in order to understand the former. Taken in themselves the mythical stories of gods or heroes cannot reveal to us the secret of religion, because they are nothing but the interpretations of rites.
...But psychic life is not to be confused with conscious life. Consciousness is not the whole; it is only a small and vanishing fraction of psychic life; it cannot reveal, it rather masks and disguises its essence.

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