Thicker Than Water
The Origins of Blood as Ritual and Symbol
By (author) Melissa L. Meyer
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Thicker Than Water by Melissa L. Meyer
Book DescriptionBlood 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415935296
(229mm x 152mm x 20mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 16-Jul-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Presents an account of blood in ritual, and its potency as a symbol of life, death, and gender. Ranging from ancient to modern times, and encompassing beliefs from around the world, this work reveals the history of blood's meaning and sites it at the centre of cultural development.
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Author Biography - Melissa L. Meyer
Melissa Meyer is Professor of History at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research focuses on the different aspects of American Indian identity, including blood quantum requirements for tribal enrollment, intermarriage, and the historical experiences of people of mixed descent.
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