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Ritual sacrifice : an illustrated history

Author: Brenda Ralph Lewis
Publisher: Stroud : Sutton, 2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Providing the first general overview of sacrificial practices all over the world, Brenda Lewis's new book takes us from prehistoric times to the present day and visits civilisations as diverse as ancient Greece and pre-Hispanic Mexico. Its broad coverage includes many cultures and beliefs: Druids, Vodun, Aztecs and shamanism. The methods and motives of sacrifice are fully illustrated throughout, be they human,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Brenda Ralph Lewis
ISBN: 9780750927079 0750927070
OCLC Number: 47119222
Description: x, 182 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Contents: The Nature of Sacrifice: An Overview --
The Birth of Belief: Sacrifice in Prehistory --
The Wrath of Yahweh: The Bible Lands --
In Search of the Sun: Ancient Egypt --
A Classic Approach: Greece and Rome --
Twilight of the Gods: Northern Europe --
Heart of the Matter: Central and South America --
A Darker Continent: Africa --
A Sacred Profusion: The Indian Subcontinent --
Steppes to Salvation: Central Asia and China --
Invite to a Cook-Out: The Pacific Islands --
New Age, New Fears: A Modern Perspective.
Responsibility: Brenda Ralph Lewis.
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"Providing the first general overview of sacrificial practices all over the world, Brenda Lewis's new book takes us from prehistoric times to the present day and visits civilisations as diverse as ancient Greece and pre-Hispanic Mexico. Its broad coverage includes many cultures and beliefs: Druids, Vodun, Aztecs and shamanism. The methods and motives of sacrifice are fully illustrated throughout, be they human, animal, floral, or inanimate." "The modern scientific world has abandoned such ideas and relegated them to the realm of ignorance and superstition. In doing so, science and technology have changed the ancient relationship between nature and humanity - nature is seen as something to be controlled and conquered, rather than appeased. However, Ritual Sacrifice concludes with a chapter detailing the role and practice of sacrifice today, and its importance to the peace of mind of those who still perform these rites."--Jacket.

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