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Thicker Than Water : The Origins of Blood as Symbol and Ritual - Melissa Meyer

Thicker Than Water

The Origins of Blood as Symbol and Ritual

Paperback Published: 21st February 2006
ISBN: 9780415935302
Number Of Pages: 263

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Blood is more than a fluid solution of cells, platelets and plasma. It is a symbol for the most basic of human concerns--life, death and family find expression in rituals surrounding everything from menstruation to human sacrifice.
Comprehensive in its scope and provocative in its argument, this book examines beliefs and rituals concerning blood in a range of regional and religious contexts throughout human history. Meyer reveals the origins of a wide range of blood rituals, from the earliest surviving human symbolism of fertility and the hunt, to the Jewish bris, and the clitoridectomies given to young girls in parts of Africa. The book also explores how cultural practices influence gene selection and makes a connection with the natural sciences by exploring how color perception influences the human proclivity to create blood symbols and rituals.

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introduction: The Human Inclination to Symbolize and Ritualize Bloodp. 1
Women's Blood and Men's Blood at the Dawn of Human Culturep. 17
The Blood of Conception, Pregnancy, and Childbirthp. 47
Initiation Rites: The Role of Blood in Attaining Adult or Group Statusp. 83
Menstruation: The Fundamental Foundationp. 123
Sacrifice: "Birth Done Better"p. 163
Conclusion: The Patterned Heterogeneity of Blood Symbols and Ritualsp. 205
Notesp. 209
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ISBN: 9780415935302
ISBN-10: 041593530X
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 263
Published: 21st February 2006
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.76 x 15.44  x 1.55
Weight (kg): 0.38
Edition Number: 1