Death, War, and Sacrifice Studies in Ideology and Practice

ISBN-10: 0226482006
ISBN-13: 9780226482002
Edition: 1991
Authors: Bruce Lincoln
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List price: $43.00
Copyright year: 1991
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 8/27/1991
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 312
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.254
Language: English

One of the world's leading specialists in Indo-European religion and society, Bruce Lincoln expresses in these essays his severe doubts about the existence of a much-hypothesized prototypical Indo-European religion. Written over fifteen years, the essays--six of them previously unpublished--fall into three parts. Part I deals with matters "Indo-European" in a relatively unproblematized way, exploring a set of haunting images that recur in descriptions of the Otherworld from many cultures. While Lincoln later rejects this methodology, these chapters remain the best available source of data for the topics they address. In Part II, Lincoln takes the data for each essay from a single culture area and shifts from the topic of dying to that of killing. Of particular interest are the chapters connecting sacrifice to physiology, a master discourse of antiquity that brought the cosmos, the human body, and human society into an ideologically charged correlation. Part III presents Lincoln's most controversial case against a hypothetical Indo-European protoculture. Reconsidering the work of the prominent Indo-Europeanist Georges Dumeacute;zil, Lincoln argues that Dumeacute;zil's writings were informed and inflected by covert political concerns characteristic of French fascism. This collection is an invaluable resource for students of myth, ritual, ancient societies, anthropology, and the history of religions. Bruce Lincoln is professor of humanities and religious studies at the University of Minnesota.

Bruce Lincoln is the Caroline E. Haskell Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Religions at the University of Chicago, where he is also affiliated with the Departments of Anthropology, Classics, Medieval Studies, and Middle Eastern Studies.

Foreword
Preface
Indo-European Religions: An Introduction
Death and Funerary Geography in Indo-European Myth
On the Imagery of Paradise
The Lord of the Dead
Waters of Memory, Waters of Forgetfulness
The Ferryman of the Dead
Mithra(s) as Sun as Savior
The Hellhound
The House of Clay
The Two Paths
War, Sacrifice, and the Science of the Body
Homeric Iyssa: ""Wolfish Rage""
War and Warriors: An Overview
Warriors and Non-Herdsmen: A Response

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