The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Soul of the Far East by Percival Lowell:|
Pan died. The body of the old belief was consumed. But though it
perished, its ashes preserved its form, an unsubstantial presentment
of the past, to crumble in a twinkling at the touch of science, but
keeping yet to the poet's eye the lifelike semblance of what once
had been. The dead gods still live in our language and our art.
Even to-day the earth about us seems semiconscious to the soul,
for the memories they have left.
But with the Far Oriental the exorcising feeling was fear. He never
fell in love with his own mythological creations, and so he never
embalmed their memories. They were to him but explanations of
facts, and had no claims upon his fancy. His ideal world remained