Creation of the Sacred
Tracks of Biology in Early Religions
By (author) Walter Burkert
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Creation of the Sacred by Walter Burkert
Book DescriptionSacrifice - ranging from the sacrifice of virgins to circumcision to giving up what is most valued - is essential to all religions. Could there be a natural, even biological, reason? Why are sacrifice and numerous other religious rituals and concepts shared by so many different cultures? In this book, the author explores the possibility of natural religion. It provides insight to religious thought, past and present, and raises questions about the ultimate reasons for, and the ultimate meaning of human religiousness.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780674175709
(229mm x 152mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 27-Feb-1998
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Walter Burkert
Savage Energies, Paperback (December 2013)
Uncovers deep connections between the strange nocturnal ritual, in which two virgin girls carried sacred offerings into a cave and later returned with something given to them there, and tribal puberty initiations by linking the festival with the myth of the daughters of Kekrops.
Orientalizing Revolution, Paperback (October 1995)
The culture of the ancient Greeks has often been seen as owing practically nothing to its neighbours. This work argues against this view, and, focusing on the period between 750 and 650 BC, demonstrates that Eastern models significantly affected Greek literature and religion.
Ancient Mystery Cults, Paperback (July 1989)
The foremost historian of Greek religion providers the first comprehensive, comparative study of a little-known aspect of ancient religious beliefs and practices.
Greek Religion, Paperback (March 1987)» View all books by Walter Burkert
This synthesis of Greek religion aims to provide a structured survey for classical scholars and students, and provides an account of a polytheistic religious system. The text builds up a picture of the current state of knowledge about the religion of the Ancient Greeks.
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Author Biography - Walter Burkert
Walter Burkert is Professor Emeritus of Classics, University of Zurich.
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