“A milestone, not only in the field of classics but in the wider field of the history of religion It will find a place alongside the works of Jane Ellen Harrison. Homo Necans has 99 ratings and 5 reviews. David said: What is it about animal sacrifice that makes otherwise staid European scholars and experts on go ap. Burkert, Walter: Homo Necans: The Anthropology of Ancient Greek Sacrificial Ritual and Myth. University of California Press, , pbk. pp.

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This was something that it had in common with many if not all ancient religions, including that of the Israelites depicted in the Hebrew Bible. Homo necans means “man the killer”.

We can only hope that primitivism and violence will not be released unbridled. Sign in via your Institution Sign in. James rated it it was amazing Dec 13, Somewhat of an acidemic read. Email alerts New issue alert. Pythagorean rated it liked it Dec 27, Burkert Walter Burkert Limited preview – Maybe these gentlemen ought to speak for themselves.

But it is hard to foresee how the individual, egocentric intelligence can be subordinated to the collective need in order to make possible the continuance of mankind over the breach between the generations.

Homo Necans: The Anthropology of Ancient Greek Sacrificial Ritual and Myth by Walter Burkert

Purchase Subscription prices and ordering Short-term Access To purchase short term access, please sign in to your Oxford Academic account above. Article PDF first page preview. This question is examined in Walter Burkert’s famous study. Pelayo rated it really liked it Jul 09, By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Homi and Privacy Policy.


Homo Necans

No trivia or quizzes yet. In the end, societal forms in which man’s archaic psyche will be granted its rights will presumably assert themselves. This article is also available for rental through DeepDyve.

His studies wed philology and history with methods drawn from anthropology and resemble the work of Jonathan Z. Don’t have an account? Excellent research on Greek sacrifice. It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide.

The guilt incurred in the violence of the hunt was reflected in sacred crimes, which through rituals of cleansing and expiation served necand unify communities.

As the idealistic tradition deteriorates, however, secret societies, ecstatic behavior, love of violence and death spring up all the more wildly and destructively amid seemingly rational orders’ Ritual cannot be produced artificially, much less its transcendent orientation, which is no longer shrouded in superstition and secrets.

Chris Bradley rated it did not like it Dec 16, Burkert’s thesis is that sacrifice comes out of rituals from the earliest hominid hunters, perhaps even before language arose. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Ndcans account.


Both depend upon basic biological or cultural programs of action and detachment from pragmatic reality. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Refresh and try again. Homo Necans was conceived in the s; it controversially introduced functionalismalong the lines of Jane Ellen Harrison ‘s Themisto a German audience, and employed a form of structuralism in interpreting complexes of ritual and festival, to apply necams findings of ethology for the first time to mythology. War in the Hebrew Bible: Nada Samman rated it it was amazing Apr 21, Thanks for telling us about the problem.

He is the leading active scholar of the religion of early and classical Greece.

Blood sacrifice, the ritual slaughter of animals, has been basic to religion through history, so that it survives in spiritualized form even in Christianity.

What is it about animal sacrifice that makes otherwise staid European scholars and experts on go ape-shit crazy and start fantasizing about primal violence and making up strange myths of their own?

Views Read Edit View history. Translated by Peter Bing. Receive exclusive offers and updates from Oxford Academic. Walter Burkert’s “Homo Necans” Sacrificing Man is an attempt to explain the origins of religious sacrifice by delving deep hoo prehistory.