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Understanding religious sacrifice

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One of the most persistent controversies in the study of religion is the nature of sacrifice. Since the earliest days of religious studies, and continuing even today, scholars have been compelled to address a wide range of cultural and historical examples of sacrifice, and to reconcile these examples with broader understandings of religion. This volume provides a thorough introduction to the major classic and modern writings dealing with religious sacrifice. It traces the history of scholarly attempts to define, classify and explain sacrifice and offers a clear view of the competing theories claiming to understand the meaning of sacrificial behaviours. 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

Slight shelf marks Page corners good Some pencil notes on the contents pages only

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Author(s):
Carter, Jeffrey (editor)
Condition:
Used: good
Format:
Paperback
ISBN-10:
0826448801
ISBN-13:
9780826448804
Number of pages:
0
Publisher:
Continuum
Title:
Understanding religious sacrifice

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One of the most persistent controversies in the study of religion is the nature of sacrifice. Since the earliest days of religious studies, and continuing even today, scholars have been compelled to address a wide range of cultural and historical examples of sacrifice, and to reconcile these examples with broader understandings of religion. This volume provides a thorough introduction to the major classic and modern writings dealing with religious sacrifice. It traces the history of scholarly attempts to define, classify and explain sacrifice and offers a clear view of the competing theories claiming to understand the meaning of sacrificial behaviours. 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

Slight shelf marks Page corners good Some pencil notes on the contents pages only

Author(s):
Carter, Jeffrey (editor)
Condition:
Used: good
Format:
Paperback
ISBN-10:
0826448801
ISBN-13:
9780826448804
Number of pages:
0
Publisher:
Continuum
Title:
Understanding religious sacrifice

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