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Prey into Hunter

Prey into Hunter
The Politics of Religious Experience

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Part of Lewis Henry Morgan Lectures

  • Author: Maurice Bloch, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Date Published: November 1991
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521423120

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  • Maurice Bloch has for many years been developing an original and influential theory of ritual. In this book he synthesizes a radical theory of religion. Rituals in a great many societies deny the transience of life and of human institutions. Bloch argues that they enact this denial by symbolically sacrificing the participants themselves, so allowing them to participate in the immortality of a transcendent entity. Such sacrifices are achieved through acts of symbolic violence, ranging from bodily mutilations to the killing of animals. The theme is developed with reference to rituals of many types, from a variety of ethnographic sources, and Bloch shows that even exogamous marriage rituals can be reinterpreted in the light of this thesis. He concludes by considering the indirect relation of symbolic and ritual violence to political violence.

    • Star author- influential, original thinker regarded as one of the most interesting social anthropologists in Europe today. Combines ethnographic expertise in Mediterranean societies with latest theories of ritual and cognition
    • These lectures show how rituals and religious ideas sustain power relationships. Should have similar broad appeal to Tambiah Magic, Science and Religion and the Scope of Rationality
    • Bloch's fourth book for the Press. All others have sold well-From Blessing to Violence, and edited with Jonathan Parry Money and the Morality of Exchange, Death and the Regeneration of Life
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Bloch presents a strong theory of human behaviour based on the discovery of a 'minimum irreducible structure which is common to many ritual and other religious phenomena.'...I appreciate his robust theoretical reason...." Robert Hamerton-Kelly, Method and Theory in the Study of Religion

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 1991
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521423120
    • length: 132 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 8 mm
    • weight: 0.21kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1 Introduction
    2 Initiation
    3 Sacrifice
    4 Cosmogony and the State
    5 Marriage
    6 Millenarianism
    7 Myth.

  • Author

    Maurice Bloch, London School of Economics and Political Science


    Alfred Harris

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