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Worship of Animals
1910 New Catholic Dictionary
A corruption of religion wherein an animal which apparently had been a mere symbol or emblem of an attribute, virtue, or quality, is considered either as the bearer of a tribe's tutelary spirit, as among the American Indians, and as such is the object of various degrees of worship; or, as in ancient Egypt's decaying religious life, is identified with the god whose characteristic it represents, and shares with him in Divine honors.
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Entry for 'Worship of Animals'. 1910 New Catholic Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/​dictionaries/​eng/​ncd/​w/worship-of-animals.html. 1910.