Sacred Sacrifice: Ritual Paradigms in Vedic Religion and Early Christianity

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Wipf and Stock Publishers, Nov 1, 2005 - Religion - 364 pages
'Sacred Sacrifice' examines how analogous mythological ideas and the experience of sacred presence during the ritual act created similar ritual paradigms in two non-contiguous cultures. Vedic fire sacrifice, the Horse sacrifice in ancient India and the sacrificial development of the Christian Eucharist serve as examples. This book takes to task theories on sacrifice and ritual that emphasize the psycho-social and functionalist interpretation to the exclusion of the religious. The relationship between myth and ritual, and conscious and unconscious human behavior emerges from this analysis of universal religious structures.
 

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Contents

The Historical Background of Vedic Fire Sacrifice
7
Interpreting Sacrifice
39
The Example of the Ashvamedha
107
The Sacrificial Background of the Eucharist
167
Transcendence and Immanence in the Eucharist
259
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Rick Talbott teaches Religion at the University of California at Los Angeles and California State University, Northridge.

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