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This quantity presents a radical advent to the most important vintage and sleek writings facing non secular sacrifice. amassed listed below are twenty 5 influential choices, every one with a quick creation addressing the final framework and assumptions of its writer. As they current varied theories and examples of sacrifice, those decisions additionally speak about very important options in spiritual experiences similar to the foundation of faith, totemism, magic, symbolism, violence, structuralism and formality functionality. scholars of comparative faith, ritual reviews, the heritage of religions, the anthropology of faith and theories of faith will really worth the historic association and thematic analyses awarded during this collection.

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252. 76. Earl in "Journ. Ind. ," vol. IV, p. 174. 77. Hodgson, "Abor. of India," p. 170, see p. 146; Hooker, "Himalayan Journals," vol. II, p. 276. 78. Prescott, "Mexico," book I, ch. III. 79. "Rites and Laws of Yncas," p. 33, etc. 80. Welcker, "Griech. Gotterlehre," vol. II, p. v. " 81. ," p. 154; see also Waitz, vol. Ill, p. 167. 82. Symes, "Ava," in Pinkerton, vol. IX, p. 440; Caron, "Japan," ib. vol. , p. 629. 83. , vol. Ill, p. 302; Lane, "Mod. ," vol. I, p. 132. 84. Hardy, "Manual of Buddhism," p.

49 In those times of Hebrew history, the prophets turned with stern rebuke on those who ranked ceremonial ordinance above weightier matters of the law. " "I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats . . Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes. " Continuing the enquiry into the physical operation ascribed to sacrifice, we turn to a different conception. It is an idea well vouched for in the lower culture, that the deity, while leaving apparently untouched the offering set out before him, may nevertheless partake of or abstract what in a loose way may be described as its essence.

It survives in traditional folklore, and it holds a place in established religion. One of its most remarkable survivals may be seen in Bulgaria, where sacrifice of live victims is to this day one of the accepted rites of the land. They sacrifice a lamb on St George's day, telling to account for the custom a legend which combines the episodes of the offering of Isaac and the miracle of the Three Children. , are offered in order that the children of the house may enjoy good health throughout the year.

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