Homo Necans: The Anthropology of Ancient Greek Sacrificial Ritual and Myth

Homo Necans: The Anthropology of Ancient Greek Sacrificial Ritual and Myth

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By (author) Walter Burkert, Translated by Peter Bing

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  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Format: Paperback | 360 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 224mm x 26mm | 540g
  • Publication date: 1 February 1987
  • Publication City/Country: Berkerley
  • ISBN 10: 0520058755
  • ISBN 13: 9780520058750
  • Edition statement: Revised ed.
  • Illustrations note: Ill.
  • Sales rank: 298,174

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Blood sacrifice, the ritual slaughter of animals, has been basic to religion through history, so that it survives in spiritualized form even in Christianity. How did this violent phenomenon achieve the status of the sacred? This question is examined in Walter Burkert's famous study.

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Table of contents

Translator's Preface Preface to the English Edition List of Illustrations Introduction I. Sacrifice, Hunting, and Funerary Rituals II. Werewolves around the Tripod Kettle III. Dissolution and New Year's Festival IV. Anthesteria V. Eleusis Abbreviations and Bibliography Index