30 October 1929

The further back one goes, to the Australian tribesman or to the Paleolithic man, one still finds the most amazingly complicated rituals, and there is no explanation. The unconscious nature of man forces him to do these things, they express the natural structure of man, as though Nature herself were offering homage to the rising sun. Every animal, every plant, every flower takes a definite position toward the rising son, and amn does the same not knowing why.

So symbols are in existence before consciousness. That is the reason why we are so deeply unconscious of our own rites. Many of them are inexplicable. Is there anybody here who could give me a satisfactory account of our Christmas tree? Suppose a Chinese dropped in and asked you what it meant. We are just as dull and stupid as the primitive who greets the rising sun.