Understanding Religious Sacrifice: A Reader by Jeffrey CarterUnderstanding Religious Sacrifice: A Reader by Jeffrey Carter

Understanding Religious Sacrifice: A Reader

EditorJeffrey Carter

Paperback | March 31, 2003

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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.
Title:Understanding Religious Sacrifice: A ReaderFormat:PaperbackPublished:March 31, 2003Publisher:BloomsburyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0826448801

ISBN - 13:9780826448804


Table of Contents

1. General Introduction Jeffrey Carter 2. Primitive Culture: researches in the Development of Mythology, Philosophy, Religion, Language, Arts and Custom Sir Edward B. Tylor 3. the Principles of Sociology, Vol 1 Herbert Spencer 4. The Religion of the Semites: The Fundamental Institutions W. Robertson Smith 5. The Golden Bough: A Study in Magic and Religion James G. Frazer 6. Sacrifice: Its Nature and Function Henri Hubert and Marcel Mauss 7. The Origin and Development of the Moral Ideas, Vol 1 Edward A. Westermarck 8. The Elementary Forms of the Religious Life Emile Durkheim 9. Totem and Taboo: Some Points of Agreement Between the Mental Lives of Savages and Neurotics Sigmund Freud 10. Religion in Essence and Manifestation Gerardus van der Leeuw 11. Myth and Cult Among Primitive Peoples Adolf Jensen 12. Nuer Religion E.E. Evans-Prichard 13. The Savage Mind Claude Levi-Strauss 14. Violence and the Sacred Rene Girard 15. Homo Necans: The Anthropology of Ancient Greek Sacrificial Ritual and Myth Walter Burkert 16. Theory of Religion Georges Bataille 17. Sacrifice as Quintessential Process: Prophylaxis or Abandonment? Victor Turner 18. Kingship and Sacrifice: Ritual and Society in Ancient Hawaii Valerio Valeri 19. Sacrifice in Africa: A Structuralist Approach Luc de Heusch 20. the Domestication of Sacrifice Jonathan Z. Smith 21. The Power of Sacrifice in Ancient Judaism and Christianity Robert J. Daly 22. Debreasting, Disarming, Beheading: Some Sacrificial Practices of Scyths and Amazons Bruce Lincoln 23. Women and Sacrifice: Male Narcissism and the Psychology of Religion William Beers 24. Throughout Your Generations Forever: Sacrifice, Religion and Paternity Nancy Jay 25. Prey Into Hunter: The Politics of Religious Experience Maurice Bloch 26. The Death and Resurrection of the Beloved Son: The Transformation of child Sacrifice in Judaism and Christianity Jon D. Levenson 27. Conclusion: Theory Making and Sacrifice Jeffrey Carter

Editorial Reviews

"Understanding Sacrifice is a revelatory read! Scholars and students alike will be treated to a telling history of continuous Western speculation on the meaning of sacrifice for over a century. At the same time, these judicious selections reveal the extent to which sacrifice, constituted as a problem, has informed the shape of the academic study of religion. Teachers will find Understanding Sacrifice to be a useful tool to introduce students to the diverse theories generated to explain the nature of religion and to the methodological approaches (psychological, sociological, anthropological, phenomenological, functionalist, structuralist, etc.) that have been applied to the study of religion. This reader is a most welcome volume." --Gary L. Ebersole, Professor of History & Religious Studies and Director, UMKC Center for Religious Studies