chapter  I
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First and foremost, then, man seeks his food. Fruits, grains, herbs, roots-these were his first nourishment. They are all gathered and in certain climates are enough. In the island of Ceram, a part of the Molacca archipelago, one sago palm will provide food for a man for a whole year.2 In Tahiti the breadfruit tree grows wild, and the banana tree is there to supply dessert-a little paradise where there is no serpent. But such spots are rare. Elsewhere the task of finding food was one which occupied primitive man all the day, and left him no time for leisure. We can tell this by observing the primitive peoples still existing, the only kind of primitives that we can study.