p2 - Michael Frederick CL 201 Assignment: Paper Two Due:...

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Michael Frederick CL 201 Assignment: Paper Two Due: November 24, 2008 The act of sacrificing or performing a selfless offering is a recurrent theme throughout many religions. The teachings of Christianity, Judaism, Islam, and Hinduism, among others, all deal with this theme in one way or another. The latter of these four religions, Hinduism, will be the focus point of this discussion. It is not uncommon to find that Hindu myths are reverent of voluntary sacrificial rituals. These myths praise sacrificial practices and reveal the importance of these practices to their audience. Two texts that we have examined thus far, Rig-Veda X, xc: The Sacrifice of Primal Man and Rig-Veda X, cxxi: Prajapati , illustrate the importance of sacrifices in the Hindu religion by revealing the creation of existence itself to be immediately related to sacrifices that were made by the divine forces. A common objective of these two texts is to deliver an account of the creation of existence and to reveal the greatness of the forces responsible for that creation. As the following analysis of these two texts will demonstrate, according to Hinduism, voluntary sacrifices are imperative to the creation of existence itself and they are key in the formation of worldly virtues. As the Hindu religion permits, The Sacrifice of Primal Man is a polytheistic account of creation. However, the text focuses heavily on one divine being, Parusha, or as he will be referred to in this analysis, Primal Man. Considering the title of the passage, it is not surprising to discover that Primal Man is in fact the sacrificed entity in this myth. Within the text, the many gods that the Hindu religion worships engage in a sacrificial
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ritual of this Primal Man. The result of this magnificent sacrifice that the gods performed is the key element to focus on from this text and it does, in fact, account for the majority of the context found in the passage. It is explained that three quarters of the sacrifice of Primal Man formed “the immortal in heaven” while the other quarter of the sacrifice resulted in all of the other beings of the world. Note that the gods sacrificed Primal Man, and yet Primal Man is the father of those gods in the sense that his sacrifice resulted in their formation. This is an important concept to remember when considering the sacrifice
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