“A milestone, not only in the field of classics but in the wider field of the history of religion It will find a place alongside the works of Jane Ellen Harrison. Homo Necans has 99 ratings and 5 reviews. David said: What is it about animal sacrifice that makes otherwise staid European scholars and experts on go ap. Burkert, Walter: Homo Necans: The Anthropology of Ancient Greek Sacrificial Ritual and Myth. University of California Press, , pbk. pp.
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hono But it is hard to foresee how the individual, egocentric intelligence can be subordinated to the collective need in order to make possible the continuance of mankind over the breach between the generations.
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This question is examined in Walter Burkert’s famous study. For example, his study of Greek sacrifice, Homo necans, roots the practice of sacrifice in the biological necessity faced by prehistoric hunting groups that killed to survive.
How can this not cause a certain ambivalence? University of California Press, Books by Walter Burkert.
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I can imagine myself returning to various sections in the future to review what is known about various celebrations Thesmophoria, Eleusinian mysteries, etc.
In a nfcans attempt at applying ethology to religious history Burkert confronts the power and effect of tradition in uncovering traces of ancient hunting rituals so motivated in historical ohmo sacrifice and human sacrifice by his thesis unified as deriving from the same fundamental principle in specific historical Greek rituals with relevance to human religious behaviour in general.
Homo Necans: The Anthropology of Ancient Greek Sacrificial Ritual and Myth by Walter Burkert
Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. Alan rated it it was amazing Jan 13, Daphne rated it liked it Jul 02, Related articles in Google Scholar. Homo Necans was conceived in the s; it controversially introduced functionalismalong the lines of Jane Ellen Harrison ‘s Themis necabs, to a German audience, and employed a form of structuralism in interpreting complexes of ritual and festival, to apply some findings of ethology for the first time to mythology.
This stuff is disturbing as it dovetails with the “killer ape” theory of hhomo evolution that is just pure and unadulterated necand – but it’s also worth reading because it does have a lot of fascinating material. To purchase short term access, please sign in to your Oxford Academic account above.
The precise relation between myth and ritual has been a vexing question for scholars of ancient religions; Burkert places them side by side and links them at a structural level.
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Homo Necans by Walter Burkert – Paperback – University of California Press
University of California Press- History – pages. You could not be signed in. Burkert gives particular attention to psychological causation and the biological roots of human behavior as revealed by the science of ethology. But Greek religion remains far estranged from our own religion and spirituality, above all in its emphasis on sacrifice. Westin Journal of Hellenic Studiesremarked that the book was “an exceptional intellectual experience”.
Kimberly Chandler rated it liked it Feb 07, Jan 14, Alford Wayman rated it really liked it. We can only hope that primitivism and violence will not be released unbridled.