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what is the true meaning of "the nature of an expiation and atonement"?

One may well ask why should these North American aborigines play so large a part not only in the inception, but in the continuance of this movement? There are few physical mediums in this country, as well as in America, who have not a Red Indian guide, whose photograph has not infrequently been obtained by psychic means, still retaining his scalp-locks and his robes. It is one of the many mysteries which we have still to solve. We can only say for certain, from our own experience, that such spirits are powerful in producing physical phenomena, but that they never present the higher teaching which comes to us either from European or from Oriental spirits. The physical phenomena are still, however, of very great importance, as calling the attention of sceptics to the matter, and therefore the part assigned to the Indians is a very vital one. Men of the rude open-air type seem in spirit life to be especially associated with the crude manifestations of spirit activity, and it has been repeatedly asserted, though it is hard to say how it could be proved, that their chief organizer was an adventurer who in life was known as Henry Morgan, and died as Governor of Jamaica, a post to which he had been appointed in the time of Charles II. Such unproved assertions are, it must be admitted, of no value in our present state of knowledge, but they should be put on record as further information may in time shed some new light upon them. John King, which is the spirit name of the alleged Henry Morgan, is a very real being, and there are few Spiritualists of experience who have not seen his heavilybearded face and heard his masterful voice. As to the Indians who are his colleagues or his subordinates, one can but hazard the conjecture that they are children of Nature who are nearer perhaps to the primitive secrets than other more complex races. It may be that their special work is of the nature of an expiation and atonement—an explanation which the author has heard from their lips.

  • What does a good dictionary say? – Colin Fine Jan 14 at 14:57
  • i know the meaning of every individual word that exist in this line but i can not understand the object of author. i mean i can not understand the whole meaning of this line. – solesoul Jan 14 at 15:08
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    That is really poorly written text. Those words are easily found in dictionaries. – Lambie Jan 14 at 17:45
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Their special work in this case, means the "North American aborigines" appearing in spirit form.

Nature of an expiation and atonement means that this is payment for something they've done.

The author contends that these spirits have told him that the reason they manifest in spirit form in the presence of a medium is to atone for something. The author doesn't explain what he believes they need to atone for, but the inference is that they remain accessible to mediums as a way of paying for their sins.

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