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A Text Book of the Origin and History of the Colored People

Hartford: L. Skinner, 1841


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CHAP. IV.

What can be said to account for the de-gradation of a people once so highly favored?

I PERCEIVE it to have been the absurd influence of their religion which first opened the way for the ruin of that people. Their grand dogma—Polytheism, was a grand error.

Polytheism, is the doctrine of more gods than one. This doctrine invented by Nimrod, began to prevail immediately after his death, as he was worshipped by his posterity. He is the Belus or Baal of sacred history. This doctrine was adopted by the Ethiopians of the second generation, and became firmly incorporated into their theology, their government, and their literature. It does not mean that they were



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