Sacrifice: Its Nature and Functions
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.
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 ...more