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Author: René Girard; Matthew Pattillo; David Dawson
Publisher: East Lansing : Michigan State University Press, ©2011.
Series: Breakthroughs in mimetic theory.
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In Sacrifice, Ren Girard interrogates the Brahmanas of Vedic India, exploring coincidences with mimetic theory that are too numerous and striking to be accidental. Even that which appears to be dissimilar fails to contradict mimetic theory, but instead corresponds to the minimum of illusion without which sacrifice becomes impossible. The Bible reveals collective violence, similar to that which generates sacrifice  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Girard, René, 1923-
Sacrifice.
East Lansing : Michigan State University Press, ©2011
(DLC) 2011002589
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: René Girard; Matthew Pattillo; David Dawson
ISBN: 9781609172053 1609172051 9781628951103 1628951109
OCLC Number: 774285381
Language Note: Translation of: Le sacrifice. Bibliothèque nationale de France : Diffusion Seuil, c2003.
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2011. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 103 pages).
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: Sacrifice in the Vedic tradition --
The founding myths of Vedic sacrifice --
Sacrifice revealed in the Biblical and Vedic religions.
Series Title: Breakthroughs in mimetic theory.
Other Titles: Sacrifice.
Responsibility: René Girard ; translated by Matthew Pattillo and David Dawson.
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In Sacrifice, Ren Girard interrogates the Brahmanas of Vedic India, exploring coincidences with mimetic theory that are too numerous and striking to be accidental. Even that which appears to be dissimilar fails to contradict mimetic theory, but instead corresponds to the minimum of illusion without which sacrifice becomes impossible. The Bible reveals collective violence, similar to that which generates sacrifice everywhere, but instead of making victims guilty, the Bible and the Gospels reveal the persecutors of a single victim. Instead of elaborating myths, they tell the truth absolutely contrary to the archaic sense. Once exposed, the single victim mechanism can no longer function as the model for would-be sacrificers. Recognizing that the Vedic tradition also converges on a revelation that discredits sacrifice, mimetic theory locates within sacrifice itself a paradoxical power of quiet reflection that leads, in the long run, to the eclipse of this institution which is violent but nevertheless fundamental to the development of human culture. Far from unduly privileging the Western tradition and awarding it a monopoly on the knowledge and repudiation of blood sacrifice, mimetic analysis recognizes comparable, but never truly identical, traits in the Vedic tradition.

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