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Sacrifice: Its Nature and Functions

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A synthesis of and elaboration on various anthropological perspectives of religious sacrifice. Mauss, as the sort of scion of classical anthropology, writes well with Hubert, but most of this book could have just been left out and the conclusion could've been published alone as an essay.

Paperback, 1st edition, 166 pages
Published December 15th 1981 by University Of Chicago Press (first published 1899)
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Emily
Oct 26, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people who want to slaughter bulls
A synthesis of and elaboration on various anthropological perspectives of religious sacrifice. Mauss, as the sort of scion of classical anthropology, writes well with Hubert, but most of this book could have just been left out and the conclusion could've been published alone as an essay.
Maddy
Feb 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Chock full of examples, and an excellent study of the structure of sacrifice. Complex notion of the sacrificial victim's liminality and power.
Ξιτσυκα
Dec 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: myth-religion
This idea came to me — and if professor Clements, you are still reading my reviews, perhaps as a professional you might find it interesting.

Up till now, all of the works on the meaning of a certain rituals that I have read, has been struggling with the blurry distinction of various intentions: to call for fertility, to cleanse, to share the sacredness, to redeem etc. Perhaps it could be worked the other way around: accepting the premise that these goals are the same goal in the "primitive" intel
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Jessica Zu
Sep 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: rel501
If I can ignore its structualist propensity (like a single scheme to account for all the complexity of known sacrifices), then it's an awesome book--rejecting Durkheimian dichotomy of individual/social, body/mind & amplifying the empirist strands in Durkheimian approach to religion--which makes the brand of Mauss!
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Mar 14, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Mix and Match the Vedas with Leviticus. Yum!
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