Aztec Sacrifice. Post-Conquest Nahua Painting, c. 1560.

Michael J. Altman

By appointment

REL 490.001 Senior Capstone Seminar: Sacrifice Theory and Practice

This semester REL 490 will focus on sacrifice. Moving between social theory and case studies we will ask a number of questions. What is a sacrifice? What is the social function of sacrifice? Where can we find sacrifice in the modern world? Thus, we will explore sacrifice as theory, practice, and rhetoric. (Required of Majors)

M | 3:30-5:50 pm

Manly 210

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Readings

Bataille, Georges
Theory of Religion
Zone Books, 1992
0942299094

Bloch, Maurice
Prey Into Hunter: The Politics of Religious Experience
Cambridge University Press, 1991
0521423120

Hubert, Henri & Marcel Mauss
Sacrifice: Its Nature and Functions
University of Chicago Press, 1981
0226356795

Wilson, Charles Reagan
Baptized in Blood: The Religion of the Lost Cause
University of Georgia Press, 2009
0820334251

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