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The Principles of Sociology (1909)


The Principles of Sociology (1909)

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    Herbert Spencer
Excerpt from book: CHAPTER H. TROPHIES. § 349. Efficiency of every kind is a source of self- satisfaction: and proofs of it are prized as bringing applause. The sportsman, narrating his feats when opportunity serves, keeps such spoils of the chase as he conveniently can. Is he a fisherman? Then, occasionally, the notches cut on the butt of his rod, show the number and lengths of his salmon: or, in a glass case, there is preserved the great Thames-trout he once caught. Has he stalked deer? Then in his hall, or dining-room, are fixed up their heads: which he greatly esteems when the attached horns have " many points." Still more, if a successful hunter of tigers, does he value the skins demonstrating his prowess. Trophies of such kinds, even among ourselves, give to their owner some influence over those around him. A traveller who has brought from Africa a pair of elephant's tusks, or the formidable horn of a rhinoceros, impresses those who come in. contact with him as a man of courage and resource, and, therefore, as one not to be trifled with. A vague kind of governing power accrues to him. Naturally, by primitive men, whose lives are predatory and whose respective values largely depend on their powers as hunters, animal-trophies are still more prized: and tend, in greater degrees, to bring honour and influence. Hence the fact that rank in Vate is indicated bv the number of bones of all kinds suspended in the house. Of the Shoshone warrior we are told that, " killing a grizzly bear also entitles him to this honour, for it is considered a great feat to slay one of these formidable animals, and only he who has performed it is allowed to wear their highest insignia of glory, the feet or claws of the victim." " In the house of a powerful chief [of the Mislunis], several hundreds of skulls [o...  
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