Chapter 5 - Ritual as a Sacred Action

Chapter 5 - Ritual as a Sacred Action - Chapter 5: Ritual...

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Chapter 5: Ritual as Sacred Action 1. Describe two important differences and two important similarities between the Akitu festival and the Ishna rite of passage? The two important differences between these ‘Sacred Actions’ is that the Akitu festival involves everyone, the people, the clergy, and the king, while the Ishna rite of passage involves only the closest members of the family. The other main difference is one is a subjugation of the people, and the King, while the Ishna rite of passage involves the submission of the girl to the patriarchy of their tribe. The main similarities between these ‘rituals’ is both involve submission to a greater authority. The Akitu festival involves the people and the King submitting to Marduk as their authority, while the girl in the Ishna rite of passage has to submit to the men in their tribe, the ritual ‘puts the girl in her place’ so to speak. 2. How does Smith’s interpretation of the Akitu differ from Gaster’s interpretation? The difference between Smith’s interpretation and Gaster’s interpretation is that Gaster sees it as a pattern of cycles that are tied into the agricultural society of the
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This note was uploaded on 04/02/2008 for the course HIST HIST100 taught by Professor Rogers during the Fall '08 term at East West University, Chicago.

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