Throughout Your Generations Forever Sacrifice, Religion, and Paternity

ISBN-10: 0226395731
ISBN-13: 9780226395739
Edition: 1992
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Description: Why does sacrifice, more than any other major religious institution, depend on gender dichotomy? Why do so many societies oppose sacrifice to childbirth, and why are childbearing women so commonly excluded from sacrificial practices? In this  More...

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Book details

List price: $28.00
Copyright year: 1992
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 1/15/1994
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 222
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Why does sacrifice, more than any other major religious institution, depend on gender dichotomy? Why do so many societies oppose sacrifice to childbirth, and why are childbearing women so commonly excluded from sacrificial practices? In this feminist study of relations between sacrifice, gender, and social organization, Nancy Jay reveals sacrifice as a remedy for having been born of woman, and hence uniquely suited to establishing certain and enduring paternity. Drawing on examples of ancient and modern societies, Jay synthesizes sociology of religion, ethnography, biblical scholarship, church history, and classics to argue that sacrifice legitimates and maintains patriarchal structures that transcend men's dependence on women's reproductive powers.

The late Bill Neal, a chef, author, and master gardener, was a friend of Elizabeth Lawrence.

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Social-Scientific Interpretation of Ritual
The Logic of Sacrifice
Sacrifice and Descent
Creating Descent through Fathers and Sons
Ashanti Sacrifice
Hawaiian Sacrifice
Sacrifice, Descent, and the Patriarchs
Sacrifice ans Social Structure in Christianity
Theories of Sacrifice
Conclusion
Sacrificial Calendars
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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