to imaginary personages, thence to images, and thence to beasts and to birds, &c.
Here our venerable ancestors provoked God to give them up to the influence of their own folly.
By reference to their mythological system it will be seen that they believed in two principal deities.
Osiris, to whom they ascribed the authorship of all good ; Typhon, to whom also they ascribed the authorship of all evil.
Under each of these, they imagined a multitude of subordinate gods. In thus classifying their gods, they descended from the regions of imagination to that of birds, then to that of beasts, then to the leek and the onion!
The inferences from this general fact will sufficiently explain the cause of their de-gradation.
They had a private and a public system of religion. The private system was con-fined to the wise men ; and it was probably