Human sacrifice : archaeological perspectives from around the world

Sacrifice is not simply an expression of religious beliefs. Its highly symbolic nature lends itself to various kinds of manipulation by those carrying it out, who may use the ritual in maintaining and negotiating power and identity in carefully staged 'performances'. This Element will exam...

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Main Author: Recht, Laerke (Author)
Format: Electronic Book
Language: English
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Published: Cambridge Cambridge University Press 2019
Series/Journal: Cambridge elements
Elements in religion and violence
Further subjects: B Violence
B Human sacrifice
B Ritualism
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Print version: 9781108728201
Summary: Sacrifice is not simply an expression of religious beliefs. Its highly symbolic nature lends itself to various kinds of manipulation by those carrying it out, who may use the ritual in maintaining and negotiating power and identity in carefully staged 'performances'. This Element will examine some of the many different types of sacrifice and ritual killing of human beings through history, from Bronze Age China and the Near East to Mesoamerica to Northern Europe. The focus is on the archaeology of human sacrifice, but where available, textual and iconographic sources provide valuable complements to the interpretation of the material
Item Description: Title from publisher's bibliographic system (viewed on 17 Jan 2019)
ISBN: 9781108610322
DOI: 10.1017/9781108610322
Persistent identifiers: DOI "10.1017/9781108610322"