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Human Sacrifice
Archaeological Perspectives from around the World


Part of Elements in Religion and Violence

  • Date Published: December 2018
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108728201

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  • Sacrifice is not simply an expression of religious beliefs. Its highly symbolic nature lends itself to various kinds of manipulation by those carrying it out, who may use the ritual in maintaining and negotiating power and identity in carefully staged 'performances'. This Element will examine some of the many different types of sacrifice and ritual killing of human beings through history, from Bronze Age China and the Near East to Mesoamerica to Northern Europe. The focus is on the archaeology of human sacrifice, but where available, textual and iconographic sources provide valuable complements to the interpretation of the material.

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    '… each chapter is interesting and informative … thought-provoking … The appendix is a very useful guide to further study and the bibliography is quite extensive for such a small book.' Caroline Tully, Reading Religion

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    • Date Published: December 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108728201
    • length: 75 pages
    • dimensions: 180 x 125 x 5 mm
    • weight: 0.1kg
    • contains: 40 colour illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. The Near East
    3. Egypt
    4. China
    5. Northern Europe
    6. Mesoamerica
    7. Conclusion.

  • Author

    Laerke Recht, University of Cambridge

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