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Death, War, and Sacrifice : Studies in Ideology and Practice :  Studies in Ideology and Practice - Bruce Lincoln

Death, War, and Sacrifice : Studies in Ideology and Practice

Studies in Ideology and Practice

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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previously unpublished--fall into three parts.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 Dum� 9zil, Lincoln argues that Dum� 9zil'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.

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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ISBN: 9780226482002
ISBN-10: 0226482006
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 312
Published: January 1991
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.1 x 15.6  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.48
Edition Number: 2