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The Head Beneath the Altar: Hindu Mythology and the Critique of Sacrifice (Studies in Violence, Mimesis, & Culture)

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In the beginning, says the ancient Hindu text the Rg Veda, was man. And from mans 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 René Girards 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 Girards work, drawing connections between his thought and the work of theorists like Georges Dumézil 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 Girards intuition that Hinduism offers an alternative anti-sacrificial worldview to the one contained in the gospels.

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The Head Beneath the Altar is the first book to present a wide-ranging study of Hindu mythology through the lens of René Girards mimetic theory of the sacrificial origin of religion and culture. The book provides a careful reading of Girards work, drawing connections between his thought and those of his predecessors, contemporaries, and successors, and it examines two Indian epics, the Mahabharata and the Ramaya?a.

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Brian Collins holds the Drs. Ram and Sushila Gawande Chair in Indian Religion and Philosophy at Ohio University.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781611861167
Author:
Collins, Brian
Publisher:
Michigan State University Press
Subject:
Religious
Subject:
Philosophy : General
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Studies in Violence, Mimesis, & Culture
Publication Date:
20140131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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The Head Beneath the Altar is the first book to present a wide-ranging study of Hindu mythology through the lens of René Girards mimetic theory of the sacrificial origin of religion and culture. The book provides a careful reading of Girards work, drawing connections between his thought and those of his predecessors, contemporaries, and successors, and it examines two Indian epics, the Mahabharata and the Ramaya?a.
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