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

5. The Crisis of Sacrifice

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

Peter Jackson [+-]
University of Stockholm
Peter Jackson is Professor at the department of History of Religions at Stockholm University, Sweden. Jackson received his PhD in the History of Religions from Uppsala University in 1999. He specializes in the study of Indo-European religions, with a particular emphasis on ancient Indian and Iranian religions, the religions of ancient Greece and Rome, and Old Norse religion. He also works on more general theoretical and conceptual concerns in the study of religion. His most recent book is The Transformations of Helen: Indo-European Myth and the Roots of the Trojan Cycle (2007).

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The final contribution to the first section also functions as a prelude to the next section. Peter Jackson compares early Greek and Indic examples of a sacrificial ideology. Its dynamics seem to result from these two similar sacrificial institutions, both of which were based on the contract between patrons and ritual specialists. He thereby attempts to emphasize the tension between a civic religiosity, celebrating and seeking to consolidate an existing community, and a sectarian religiosity seeking emancipation from the civic community. The latter mode of religiosity was characterized by voluntary ordeals of initiation and asceticism in a quest for values of a purportedly stable nature (truth, immortality, salvation, and so on).

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Jackson, Peter . 5. The Crisis of Sacrifice. Philosophy and the End of Sacrifice - Disengaging Ritual in Ancient India, Greece and Beyond. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 87-96 Feb 2016. ISBN 9781781791257. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=28076. Date accessed: 25 Sep 2017 doi: 10.1558/equinox.28076. Feb 2016

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