Human Sacrifice : Archaeological Perspectives from around the World by Recht, Laerke

Human Sacrifice : Archaeological Perspectives from around the World by Recht, Laerke

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ISBN: 9781108728201

Cambridge University Press | 20 December 2018

Paperback | 75 pages 

Sacrifice is not simply an expression of religious beliefs. Its highly symbolic nature lends itself to various kinds of manipulation by those carrying it out, who may use the ritual in maintaining and negotiating power and identity in carefully staged 'performances'. This Element will examine some of the many different types of sacrifice and ritual killing of human beings through history, from Bronze Age China and the Near East to Mesoamerica to Northern Europe. The focus is on the archaeology of human sacrifice, but where available, textual and iconographic sources provide valuable complements to the interpretation of the material.