We have touched upon only a very few of the “motifs” of folklore. The main point that we have wished to bring out is that the whole body of the motifs represent a consistent tissue of interrelated intellectual doctrines belonging to a primordial wisdom rather than to a primitive science; and that for this wisdom it would be almost impossible to conceive a popular, or even in any common sense of the term, a human origin.
On a related note, I call attention to Coomaraswamy’s perhaps misleadingly titled essay Primitive Mentality. This version is missing the images from the original and most of the footnotes. I did include the most interesting footnotes, marked off in boxes.
Note that AKC refers to Evola twice in support of traditional society; this is certainly not a description of some fascist totalitarian dictatorship. Nevertheless, the traditional society is held together with a common mythology that orders their entire lives. Yet, within this structure, the individuals are free. When myth becomes religion, that is, it is compartmentalized into one aspect of life among others, then the culture begins to die.
AKC brings up the idea of a “common mind”, without which an organic society is impossible. For the Traditional mind, based on transcendental principles, the idea of individual opinions is preposterous. Only in modern liberal societies is that conceivable. It does not make men free, but creates a atomized group of individuals who consider relationships as “contracts”, not as living organic things. This is how the “folk” become the “mass”.