“A milestone, not only in the field of classics but in the wider field of the history of religion It will find a place alongside the works of Jane Ellen Harrison. Homo Necans has 99 ratings and 5 reviews. David said: What is it about animal sacrifice that makes otherwise staid European scholars and experts on go ap. Burkert, Walter: Homo Necans: The Anthropology of Ancient Greek Sacrificial Ritual and Myth. University of California Press, , pbk. pp.
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Homo Necans: The Anthropology of Ancient Greek Sacrificial Ritual and Myth
Because myth and ritual are related in this way, it is possible for them to be found together. In a first attempt at applying ethology to religious history Burkert confronts the power and effect of tradition in uncovering traces of ancient neccans rituals so motivated in historical animal sacrifice and human sacrifice by his thesis unified as deriving from the same fundamental principle in specific historical Greek rituals with relevance to human religious behaviour in general.
Necams thinks ritual is older than myth, because it is a form of behavior found even in animals.
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No trivia or quizzes yet. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. For example, his study of Greek sacrifice, Homo necans, roots the practice of sacrifice in the biological necessity faced by prehistoric hunting groups that killed to survive. How can this not cause a certain ambivalence? I liked this book, actually, it’s fun, but it’s in a certain tradition, ranging from Robertson Smith to Rene Girard, of just making stuff up about how all religion goes back to some primal, orgiastic desire to kill and rip and eat the flesh of animals as a way of resolving our desires to kill and rip and eat the flesh of one another – and usually that it all goes back to a distant paleolithic time of origins when we became human by killing other living creatures.
At the same time, it has relegated death to the fringes of existence and thought. Who knew Germans were so sensitive? Historian Peter Gay praised Homo Homi as a suggestive discussion of the impulse to revenge. Burkert suggests that this necessary, aggressive behavior gave rise to anxiety, but through the practice of sacrifice the unavoidable aggression, which otherwise threatened to destroy society, was redirected to its promotion instead.
Return to Book Page. In the end, societal forms in which man’s archaic psyche will be granted its rights will presumably assert themselves. University of California Pr Amazon. At the same time, it has relegated death to the fringes of existence and though Excellent research on Greek sacrifice.
James rated it it was amazing Dec 13, Jay Michaelson rated it it was amazing Jul 14, As the uomo tradition deteriorates, however, secret societies, ecstatic behavior, love of violence and death spring up all the more wildly and destructively amid seemingly rational orders’ Ritual cannot be produced artificially, much less its transcendent orientation, which is no longer shrouded in superstition and secrets.
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