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The connexion of life with breath, and so with air, seemed obvious to the simplest and most primitive minds, and we meet it in contexts which were far from philosophic or even from the suspicion of philosophic influence. The Latin word for soul, anima, means both air and breath, and the history of the Greek psyche is the same. The connexion is natural and inevitable, and was the basis of a number of popular superstitions.
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