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The Strange World of Human Sacrifice is the first modern collection of studies on one of the most gruesome and intriguing aspects of religion. The volume starts with a brief introduction, which is followed by studies of Aztec human sacrifice and the literary motif of human sacrifice in medieval Irish literature. Turning to ancient Greece, three cases of human sacrifice are analysed: a ritual example, a mythical case, and one in which myth and ritual are interrelated

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Studies in the history and anthropology of religion . Download with Google. Human sacrifice in India in Vedic times and before. Pp. 157-177 in: Jan N. Bremmer (ed), The strange world of human sacrifice. Studies in the history and anthropology of religion .

Anthropology - Anthropology - History of anthropology: The modern discourse of anthropology crystallized in the 1860s, fired by. .He identified the defining characteristic of the human species as their relatively large brain.

Anthropology - Anthropology - History of anthropology: The modern discourse of anthropology crystallized in the 1860s, fired by advances in biology, philology, and prehistoric archaeology. Fossils began to be reliably associated with particular geologic strata, and fossils of recent human ancestors were discovered, most famously the first Neanderthal specimen, unearthed in 1856.

Dr Mike Parker-Pearson explores the dark history of human sacrifice . Human sacrifice was practiced at least 5,000 years ago among the early agricultural societies of Europe. Danish farmers sacrificed their stone axes and flint tools, their amber jewellery and their food, by depositing them in pots, together with human offerings, in bogs. Aztec priests believed that the sacrifices they performed in the temples on top of pyramids - cutting out the still-beating heart of their victims with the blood flowing down the steps of the pyramid - were necessary to keep the sun on its daily path.

An Atztec human sacrifice atop the Mesoamerican temple pyramid. Human sacrifice also served another purpose in the expanding Aztec empire of the 15th and 16th century: intimidation

An Atztec human sacrifice atop the Mesoamerican temple pyramid. Hulton Archive/Getty Images. John Verano, an anthropology professor at Tulane University, explains the practice held spiritual significance for the Aztecs. It was a deeply serious and important thing for them, says Verano. Human sacrifice also served another purpose in the expanding Aztec empire of the 15th and 16th century: intimidation. The ritual killing of war captives and the large-scale displaying of skulls were visceral reminders of the strength of the empire and the extent of its dominion.

One of the world's leading specialists in Indo-European religion and society, Bruce Lincoln expresses in these . This collection is an invaluable resource for students of myth, ritual, ancient societies, anthropology, and the history of religions

Written over fifteen years, the essays-six of them previously unpublished-fall into three parts. This collection is an invaluable resource for students of myth, ritual, ancient societies, anthropology, and the history of religions. Bruce Lincoln is professor of humanities and religious studies at the University of Minnesota.

Bremmer said that until now, most studies of human sacrifice in ancient Greece had concluded that it was probably .

Bremmer said that until now, most studies of human sacrifice in ancient Greece had concluded that it was probably fiction. While the ancient Israelites, Romans and Egyptians engaged in human sacrifice for religious purposes, 20th-century archaeologists had thought that the practice was not common among the Greeks. According to legend, a young boy would be sacrificed with animals, before the human and animal meat was cooked and eaten.

This classic study offers an understanding of the ancient religious cults, exploring their appeal and eventual failure in the face of Christianity. London, in 1925 under the title The Mystery-Religions and Christianity. Topics include the Eleusinian mysteries of ancient Greece; Asiatic cults of Cybele, the Magna Mater, and Attis; Dionysian groups; Orphics; Egyptian devotees of Isis and Osiris; Mithraism; and others

He specializes in history of ancient religion, especially ancient Greek religion and early Christianity. 2007: The Strange World of Human Sacrifice, Peeters.

He specializes in history of ancient religion, especially ancient Greek religion and early Christianity. YouTube Encyclopedic. Bremmer studied Classics and Spanish at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (1962-1970) and the University of Bristol (1969-1970). During 1970-1972, he did his military service with the Dutch Military Intelligence. He married Christine, a British citizen Academic career. 2007: The Visio Pauli and the Gnostic Apocalypse of Paul, Peeters (with I. Czachesz). 2010: The Gods of Ancient Greece, Edinburgh University Press (with Andrew Erskine).

This is the first modern collection of studies on one of the most gruesome and intriguing aspects of religion. The volume starts with a brief introduction, which is followed by studies of Aztec human sacrifice and the literary motif of human sacrifice in medieval Irish literature. Turning to ancient Greece, three cases of human sacrifice are analysed: a ritual example, a mythical case, and one in which myth and ritual are interrelated. The early Christians were the victims of accusations of human sacrifice, but in turn imputed the crime to heterodox Christians, just as the Jews imputed the crime to their neighbours. The ancient Egyptians rarely seem to have practised human sacrifice, but buried the pharaoh's servants with him in order to serve him in the afterlife, albeit only for a brief period at the very beginning of pharaonic civilization. In ancient India we can follow the traditions of human sacrifice from the earliest texts up to modern times, where especially in eastern India goddesses, such as Kali, were long worshipped with human victims. In Japanese tales human sacrifice often takes the form of self-sacrifice, and there may well be a line from these early sacrifices to modern kamikaze. The last study throws a surprising light on human sacrifice in China. The volume is concluded with a detailed index.
The Strange World of Human Sacrifice (Studies in the History and Anthropology of Religion) download epub
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Author: JN Bremmer
ISBN: 9042918438
Category: History
Subcategory: World
Language: English
Publisher: Peeters Publishers (December 31, 2007)
Pages: 268 pages