Sacred Sacrifice: Ritual Paradigms in Vedic Religion and Early Christianity

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P. Lang, 1995 - History - 356 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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The Historical Background of Vedic Fire Sacrifice
Interpreting Sacrifice
The Example of the Ashvamedha

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The Author: Rick Talbott teaches in the History Department at the University of California at Los Angeles and the Religious Studies Department at California State University, Northridge. He has written articles dealing with ritual, Hinduism, Mysticism, and Jesus of Nazareth in historical research.

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