The creature that refused to bow down to the Dark One was not going to allow itself to become blood-dependent upon a mate of human origin.
The people kiss the cross and bow down to it; and ever after Christ's spirit is enshrined in it; it cures disease, drives off demons, and wards off wind and hail.
Thus in the second commandment, "Thou shalt not bow down to any visible form," &c., is a sort of explanatory addition to the precept "Thou shalt not make unto thee a graven image."
Did none of theta bow down before holy fathers and saintly confessors to obtain absolution?
Shall I and thy mother and thy brethren indeed come to bow down ourselves to thee to the earth?