The Head Beneath the Altar Paperback

Hindu Mythology and the Critique of Sacrifice

by Brian Collins;


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The Head Beneath the Altar

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In the beginning, says the ancient Hindu text the Rg Veda, was man. And from man's sacrifice and dismemberment came the entire world, including the hierarchical ordering of human society. The Head Beneath the Altar is the first book to present a wide-ranging study of Hindu texts read through the lens of Rene Girard's mimetic theory of the sacrificial origin of religion and culture. For those interested in Girard and comparative religion, the book also performs a careful reading of Girard's work, drawing connections between his thought and the work of theorists like Georges Dumezil and Giorgio Agamben. Brian Collins examines the idea of sacrifice from the earliest recorded rituals through the flowering of classical mythology and the ancient Indian institutions of the duel, the oath, and the secret warrior society. He also uncovers implicit and explicit critiques in the tradition, confirming Girard's intuition that Hinduism offers an alternative anti-sacrificial worldview to the one contained in the gospels.

The Head Beneath the Altar by Brian Collins was published by Michigan State University Press in January 2014. The ISBN for The Head Beneath the Altar is 9781611861167.

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Page last updated 1st December 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback / softback
PublisherMichigan State University Press (January 2014)
Weight408g
Number of Pages314
Thickness23 mm
Height229 mm
Width152 mm
ISBN9781611861167
ISBN-101611861160
Product Code4266217
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