10. On Myth and Violence

Explaining Myth - Robert A Segal

Robert A Segal [+-]
University of Aberdeen
Sixth Century Chair in Religious Studies University of Aberdeen


In this section Segal argues that the theories of Frazer, René Girard, and Walter Burkert all make violence in religion natural rather than unnatural. Found in myth and ritual, violence for all three operates as part of the normal functioning of religion rather than only with the failing of religion, and can be beneficial rather than harmful.

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Segal, Robert. 10. On Myth and Violence. Explaining Myth. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Oct 2021. ISBN 9781781798645. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=37564. Date accessed: 27 Jun 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.37564. Oct 2021

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