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Thicker than water : the origins of blood as symbol and ritual

Author: Melissa L Meyer
Publisher: New York : Routledge, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Presents an account of blood in ritual, and its potency as a symbol of life, death, and gender. Ranging from ancient to modern times, and encompassing beliefs from around the world, this work reveals  Read more...

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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Melissa L Meyer
ISBN: 0415935296 9780415935296 041593530X 9780415935302
OCLC Number: 56825395
Description: vii, 263 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: The human inclination to symbolize and ritualize blood --
Women's blood and men's blood at the dawn of human culture --
The blood of conception, pregnancy, and childbirth --
Initiation rites: The role of blood in attaining adult or group status --
Menstruation: The fundamental foundation --
Sacrifice: "Birth done better" --
Conclusion: The patterned heterongeneity of blood symbols and rituals.
Responsibility: Melissa L. Meyer.
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