Philosophy and the End of Sacrifice - Disengaging Ritual in Ancient India, Greece and Beyond - Peter Jackson

Philosophy and the End of Sacrifice - Disengaging Ritual in Ancient India, Greece and Beyond - Peter Jackson

1. The Principle of Equivalence and the Interiorization of Ritual: The “End” of Ritual?

Philosophy and the End of Sacrifice - Disengaging Ritual in Ancient India, Greece and Beyond - Peter Jackson

Stephanie Jamison [+-]
University of California Los Angeles
Stephanie W. Jamison is Distinguished Professor of Asian Languages and Cultures and of Indo-European Studies, University of California, Los Angeles. Jamison was trained as a historical and Indo-European linguist (PhD Yale 1977), but for many years she has concentrated on Indo-Iranian, especially (Vedic) Sanskrit and Middle Indo-Aryan languages and textual materials. She works also on literature and poetics, religion and law, mythology and ritual, and gender studies in these languages, and also holds an interest in comparative mythology and poetics, especially with Greek materials. Jamison has recently published (with Joel P. Brereton) a new complete English translation of the The Rigveda (Oxford University Press, 2014).

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Stephanie Jamison’s contribution undertakes to think along with sacrifice and its performative and intellectual expressions. She thus challenges the view of interiorization as the resultant idea of an end of sacrifice as exterior performance. By clarifying these aspects Jamison points to instances of ritual speculation, for example the famous hymn of Puruṣa, the cosmic man, and the theme of interiorizing ritual in the earliest Vedic texts. The changes depicted apparently have more to do with what she labels “ritual inflation” rather than with the “death of ritual.” By describing the complex activity of equating and substituting the cosmic and the mundane, in both the early and later Vedic texts, she emphasizes the centrality of sacrifice within Indian intellectual endeavours, both past and present.

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Jamison, Stephanie. 1. The Principle of Equivalence and the Interiorization of Ritual: The “End” of Ritual?. Philosophy and the End of Sacrifice - Disengaging Ritual in Ancient India, Greece and Beyond. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 15-31 Feb 2016. ISBN 9781781791257. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=28072. Date accessed: 23 Nov 2017 doi: 10.1558/equinox.28072. Feb 2016

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