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Man and the sacred.

Author: Roger Caillois
Publisher: [Glencoe] Ill., Free Press of Glencoe [©1959]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Throughout the world, people believe that much of what they do is accidental, ordinary, and inconsequential, while other acts can bring on divine retribution or earn eternal grace. In Man and the Sacred, Caillois demonstrates how humanity's ambiguous attitude toward the sacred influences behavior and culture." "Drawing on a diverse array of ethnographic contexts. Caillois analyzes the role of the forbidden in the  Read more...
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Caillois, Roger, 1913-1978.
Man and the sacred.
[Glencoe] Ill., Free Press of Glencoe [©1959]
(OCoLC)647335398
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Roger Caillois
OCLC Number: 374308
Description: 190 pages 21 cm
Contents: Ch. I. General Interrelationships of the Sacred and the Profane --
Ch. II. The Ambiguity of the Sacred --
Ch. III. The Sacred as Respect: Theory of Taboo --
Ch. IV. The Sacred as Transgression: Theory of the Festival --
Ch. V. The Sacred: Condition of Life and Gateway to Death --
App. I. Sex and the Sacred: Sexual Purification Rites Among the Thonga --
App. II. Play and the Sacred --
App. III. War and the Sacred.

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"Throughout the world, people believe that much of what they do is accidental, ordinary, and inconsequential, while other acts can bring on divine retribution or earn eternal grace. In Man and the Sacred, Caillois demonstrates how humanity's ambiguous attitude toward the sacred influences behavior and culture." "Drawing on a diverse array of ethnographic contexts. Caillois analyzes the role of the forbidden in the social cohesion of the group. He examines the character of the sacred in the light of specific instances of taboos and transgressions, exploring wide differences in attitudes toward diet and sex and extreme behaviors associated with the sacred, such as rapture and paroxysm. He also discusses the festival - an exuberant explosion following a period of strict repression - and compares its functions with those of modern war."--BOOK JACKET.

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