of Hobdens who lived on it continuously and worked it according to their notions, ending with:
...for now I understand,
Whoever pays the taxes, Mus' Hobden owns the land.
Even so the case is in England and elsewhere to-day; the oldest families are the hereditary "witches" or "wise folk", although unfortunately they had not preserved records of their family trees.
Exactly when the cult became a religion I cannot say; but there is a celebrated prehistoric painting in a cave in France (La Caverne des Trois Freres, Ariege), usually called "The Magician", which obviously depicts a man in a mask and an animal's skin, with horns on his head. Evidently he is playing the ritual part of an animal. In the Stone Age, when man possessed as yet no metal weapons, he had to rely on knives, spears, axes and arrows made from flint or stone. It is no easy proposition to kill a great stag or buffalo with such weapons as these; so the Stone Age hunters adopted the strategy of luring a herd of game into some favourable position where they either could not escape and were shot with arrows, or where they fell over a cliff or into a pit, and were there caught and despatched. It has been suggested by anthropologists that in order to get the herd where the hunters wanted them one of their number, probably the chief because he would have to be brave and resourceful, used to dress up in the horns and skin of an animal in order to act as a decoy. Some primitive tribesmen hunt in this manner to-day. When I was in Borneo fifty years ago, the Government had taken all the people's guns away, so they used to go out hunting deer with a pair of horns set up on a pole. One man with these crept up to the right place, the rest of the party being on the other side of the herd. One of these would yell to startle the animals, then the man with the horns would put up the pole and run. The herd of deer, seeing horns moving, ran towards it. and were led into a swamp, the man with the horns having previously laid some logs ready for himself to run on and escape. In the swamp the deer were easily speared. The country there was brushwood five or six feet high, so it was not necessary to wear skins as well as the horns, but in Europe it would be more open country, and hence a more complete disguise would be necessary.
It is very probable that the man who took the chief part in the hunt also took the chief part in the magical ceremonies, and became the priest of the tribe; because in those days religion and magic were closely related. The purpose of contacting the gods was to keep contact with the forces of life, and these were identical with the forces of magic and fertility. It was the custom, too, of early
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