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Creation of the Sacred: Tracks of Biology in Early Religions

3.51 of 5 stars 3.51  ·  rating details  ·  51 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Sacrifice--ranging from the sacrifice of virgins to circumcision to giving up what is most valued--is essential to all religions. Could there be a natural, even biological, reason for these practices? Something that might explain why religions of so many different cultures share so many rituals and concepts? In this extraordinary book, one of the world's leading authoritie ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published January 13th 1998 by Harvard University Press (first published 1996)
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Zacharygs
Fine book as it goes, developed out of the giffords lectures. This is basically a structuralist approach to religion as a natural, biological development of order imposed on the existing chaos. Great command of Greek texts, less so of others, but the whole account is theoretically un-sophisticated and premised on the rejection of much of current critical theory (e.g., religion is assumed to be universal and a reified category of sorts, structuralism is basically the theoretical model adopted wit ...more
Adam Lewis
The prose is somewhat stilted in this book. This is a translation from German and it isn't all that great. However, the ideas contained herein are worth the little extra effort it takes to read. I'm not so sure that Burkert's hypotheses about the evolutionary psychology of religion are all that robust, but they are on the right track. His explanation of sacrifice alone makes reading the book worthwhile.
Paola
Una teoria naturale per spiegare il fenomeno culturale religione. Può essere ostico senza conoscenze di base in di storia delle religioni.
Bill
I didn't understand this book.
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