9780826448798

Understanding Religious Sacrifice A Reader

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    9780826448798

  • ISBN10:

    0826448798

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2003-03-31
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
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Summary

This volume provides a thorough introduction to the major classic and modern writings dealing with religious sacrifice. Collected here are twenty five influential selections, each with a brief introduction addressing the overall framework and assumptions of its author. As they present different theories and examples of sacrifice, these selections also discuss important concepts in religious studies such as the origin of religion, totemism, magic, symbolism, violence, structuralism and ritual performance. Students of comparative religion, ritual studies, the history of religions, the anthropology of religion and theories of religion will particularly value the historical organization and thematic analyses presented in this collection.

Table of Contents

Preface ix
General Introduction 1(448)
1 EDWARD BURNETT TYLOR
12 (27)
From Primitive Culture: Researches in the Development of Mythology, Philosophy, Religion, Language, Arts, and Custom
2 HERBERT SPENCER
39 (14)
From The Principles of Sociology
3 WILLIAM ROBERTSON SMITH
53 (23)
From The Religion of the Semites: The Fundamental Institutions
4 JAMES G. FRAZER
76 (12)
From The Golden Bough: A Study in Magic and Religion
5 HENRI HUBERT and MARCEL MAUSS
88 (12)
From Sacrifice: Its Nature and Function
6 EDWARD A. WESTERMARCK
100 (26)
From The Origin and Development of the Moral Ideas
7 EMILE DURKHEIM
126 (13)
From The Elementary Forms of the Religious Life
8 SIGMUND FREUD
139 (11)
From Totem and Taboo: Some Points of Agreement between the Mental Lives of Savages and Neurotics
9 GERARDUS VAN DER LEEUW
150 (12)
From Religion in Essence and Manifestation: A Study in Phenomenology
10 GEORGES BATAILLE
162 (13)
From The Accursed Share: An Essay on General Economy
11 ADOLF E. JENSEN
175 (14)
From Myth and Cult among Primitive Peoples
12 EDWARD E. EVANS-PRITCHARD
189 (21)
"The Meaning of Sacrifice among the Nuer"
13 WALTER BURKERT
210 (29)
From Homo Necans: The Anthropology of Ancient Greek Sacrificial Ritual and Myth
14 RENE GIRARD
239 (37)
From Violence and the Sacred
15 JAN VAN BAAL
276 (16)
"Offering, Sacrifice and Gift"
16 VICTOR TURNER
292 (9)
From "Sacrifice as Quintessential Process: Prophylaxis or Abandonment?"
17 LUC DE HEUSCH
301 (14)
From Sacrifice in Africa: A Structuralist Approach
18 VALERIO VALERI
315 (10)
From Kingship and Sacrifice: Ritual and Society in Ancient Hawaii
19 JONATHAN Z. SMITH
325 (17)
"The Domestication of Sacrifice"
20 ROBERT J. DALY
342 (15)
"The Power of Sacrifice in Ancient Judaism and Christianity"
21 BRUCE LINCOLN
357 (13)
"Debreasting, Disarming, Beheading: Some Sacrificial Practices of the Scyths and Amazons"
22 NANCY JAY
370 (14)
From Throughout Your Generations Forever: Sacrifice, Religion, and Paternity
23 WILLIAM BEERS
384 (11)
From Women and Sacrifice: Male Narcissism and the Psychology of Religion
24 MAURICE BLOCH
395 (26)
From Prey into Hunter: The Politics of Religious Experience
25 JON D. LEVENSON
421 (28)
From The Death and Resurrection of the Beloved Son: The Transformation of Child Sacrifice in Judaism and Christianity
Postscript 449 (5)
Selected Bibliography on Sacrifice 454 (7)
Index 461

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