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Man and the Sacred / Edition 2
     

Man and the Sacred / Edition 2

by Roger Caillois, Meyer Barash
 

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ISBN-10: 0252070348

ISBN-13: 9780252070341

Pub. Date: 08/28/2001

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

Throughout the world, people believe that much of what they do is accidental, ordinary, and inconsequential, while other acts can bring on divine retribution or earn eternal grace. In Man and the Sacred, Caillois demonstrates how humanity's ambiguous attitude toward the sacred influences behavior and culture.

Drawing on a diverse array of ethnographic contexts,

Overview

Throughout the world, people believe that much of what they do is accidental, ordinary, and inconsequential, while other acts can bring on divine retribution or earn eternal grace. In Man and the Sacred, Caillois demonstrates how humanity's ambiguous attitude toward the sacred influences behavior and culture.

Drawing on a diverse array of ethnographic contexts, Caillois analyzes the role of the forbidden in the social cohesion of the group. He examines the character of the sacred in the light of specific instances of taboos and transgressions, exploring wide differences in attitudes toward diet and sex and extreme behaviors associated with the sacred, such as rapture and paroxysm. He also discusses the festival--an exuberant explosion following a period of strict repression--and compares its functions with those of modern war.

A classic study of one of the most fundamental aspects of human social and spiritual life, Man and the Sacred--presented here in Meyer Barash's superb English translation--is a companion volume to Caillois's Man, Play and Games.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780252070341
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
Publication date:
08/28/2001
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
1,178,399
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Translator's Introduction7
Preface to the Second Edition11
Introduction13
Chapter IGeneral Interrelationships of the Sacred and the Profane19
Chapter IIThe Ambiguity of the Sacred33
Chapter IIIThe Sacred as Respect: Theory of Taboo60
Chapter IVThe Sacred as Transgression: Theory of the Festival97
Chapter VThe Sacred: Condition of Life and Gateway to Death128
Appendix ISex and the Sacred: Sexual Purification Rites Among the Thonga139
Appendix IIPlay and the Sacred152
Appendix IIIWar and the Sacred163
Bibliography181
Index189

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