10. The Nature of Sacrifice (correct)

10. The Nature of Sacrifice (correct) - The Nature of...

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The Nature of Sacrifice: Essential rights of a Nuer sacrifice 1. Driving into the ground a tether and tying the animal to- form of consecration 2. Consecrated by rubbing ashes on the animal back- man who does this uses his right hand 3. Invocation- what the officiate says- speaks to god stating the intention of the sacrifice- “normally there is a long invocation…addressing the audience as well as god- certain petitioning occurs”-it is god who is invoked Sacrifice takes place- when a man is sick, when a sin had been committed, when a woman is barren, birth of twins- feel they are dangerous, break the mold- one and two at the same time, initiation of sons, after killing, settlement of feuds, before fighting or warfare, when persons are struck by lightning- it’s as if god has took them, when there is plague or famine They sacrifice- to prevent some danger that is hanging over them- to perpetuate life The dead victim- offering to god- takes the trouble or evil away with it - “when an ox is sacrificed, the evil goes into the ox then into the earth with its blood” Idea of a kind of exchange- giving an animal to perpetuate life- god is placed by the sacrifice under obligation- perpetuates the deception- you can’t obligate god- god is in some way moved to remove the evil that is hanging over the people “God what is this? Leave him with us, let him recover. Turnabout, take thou cow that It
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This note was uploaded on 02/13/2012 for the course ANTH 146 taught by Professor Evens during the Fall '07 term at UNC.

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