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Nothing is clearer than the fact that primitive man, whether in New Guinea today or eons ago in the prehistoric wilderness, is not and never has been a creature who peoples his world with bright fancies and lovely visions. Horrors lurked in the primeval forest, not nymphs and naiads. Terror lived there, with its close attendant, Magic, and its most common defense, Human Sacrifice.
Source: Mythology [http://www.scribd.com/doc/105915835/...ton-Mythology] = second paragraph
I can't understand the blue part very well. This is my paraphrase:
[and its most common defense was human sacrifice] = means that the most common way to defend them was to be killed while encountering them
Am I right?
See the article here: Human sacrifice - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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