Death, War, and Sacrifice

Death, War, and Sacrifice

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One of the world's leading specialists in Indo-European religion and society, Bruce Lincoln expresses in these essays his severe doubts about the existence of a much-hypothesized prototypical Indo-European religion. Written over fifteen years, the essaysa€”six of them previously unpublisheda€”fall into three parts. Part I deals with matters qIndo-Europeanq in a relatively unproblematized way, exploring a set of haunting images that recur in descriptions of the Otherworld from many cultures. While Lincoln later rejects this methodology, these chapters remain the best available source of data for the topics they address. In Part II, Lincoln takes the data for each essay from a single culture area and shifts from the topic of dying to that of killing. Of particular interest are the chapters connecting sacrifice to physiology, a master discourse of antiquity that brought the cosmos, the human body, and human society into an ideologically charged correlation. Part III presents Lincoln's most controversial case against a hypothetical Indo-European protoculture. Reconsidering the work of the prominent Indo-Europeanist Georges DumAczil, Lincoln argues that DumAczil's writings were informed and inflected by covert political concerns characteristic of French fascism. This collection is an invaluable resource for students of myth, ritual, ancient societies, anthropology, and the history of religions. Bruce Lincoln is professor of humanities and religious studies at the University of Minnesota.Polybius 6.55.2 states that Codes suffered numerous (unspecified) wounds, and alone reports that the hero died in ... Eogan mac Durthacht. one of whose eyes he put out. and Cuscraid Mend Macha mac Conchobair, whose vocal cords heanbsp;...

Title:Death, War, and Sacrifice
Author:Bruce Lincoln
Publisher:University of Chicago Press - 1991-08-27


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