Religions Of The Past And Present; A Series Of Lectures Delivered By Members Of The Faculty Of The…

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byJames Alan Montgomery

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1918. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... PRIMITIVE PELASGIAN BELIEFS AND PRACTICES We can recover something of the Pelasgian, i.e., Mgtan ritual as it was practiced in Greece. The Homeric ritual of sacrifice was simple and uniform, consisting of prayer, the sprinkling of grain and a burnt offering; a part of the flesh of the victim was tasted by the worshipers and then given to the gods, sublimated by fire in order to reach them, and the rest was eaten at a banquet with wine. This ritual is not essentially Greek nor even Aryan. We find that Jahweh enjoys burnt sacrifices and that his worshipers have a sacrificial feast. There was also a different ritual, one in honor of the powers of the underworld, i.e., to dead men or heroes. Pausanias tells us of it and shows us that the dead required all the sacrificial animal and the worshipers were not allowed even to taste it. The victim was slain over a trench with his head downward, just as Odysseus sacrifices in the Odyssey before he descends into Hell. In the Olympian sacrifice, on the contrary, the head was always turned upward. Where rites were performed to both heroes and Olympians, the former, as we learn from Pausanias's account of the change in ritual at the sacrifice to Heracles at Sicyon from hero to god, were older and went back to the Mediterranean stratum, the Olympian replacing the hero rites later. Thus the two rituals often, as at Sicyon, came into conflict, the Olympian ousting the earlier. The hero cult at the tomb presupposed that the dead man's spirit was hovering nearby ready to be appeased. Wherever the dead are buried, such a belief in the world of ghosts is sure to be found. The dead man becomes a sort of god to whom his descendants sacrifice. Now the invading Hellenes did not bury their dead, but burnt them: consequently the spirit did...

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1918. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... PRIMITIVE PELASGIAN BELIEFS AND PRACTICES We can recover something of the Pelasgian, i.e., Mgtan ritual as it was practiced in Greece...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:130 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.28 inPublished:January 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217923399

ISBN - 13:9780217923392

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