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By Marcel Detienne

For the Greeks, the sharing of cooked meats was once the basic communal act, in order that to develop into vegetarian was once a fashion of refusing society. It follows that the roasting or cooking of meat used to be a political act, because the department of parts asserted a social order. And the single right demeanour of getting ready meat for intake, based on the Greeks, was once blood sacrifice.

The basic fantasy is that of Prometheus, who brought sacrifice and, within the strategy, either joined us to and separated us from the gods—and ambiguous relation that recurs in marriage and within the becoming of grain. therefore we will comprehend why the ascetic guy refuses either ladies and meat, and why Greek girls celebrated the competition of grain-giving Demeter with tools of butchery.

The ambiguity coded within the intake of meat generated a mythology of the "other"—werewolves, Scythians, Ethiopians, and different "monsters." The research of the sacrificial intake of meat therefore leads into unique territory and to unforeseen findings.

In The food of Sacrifice, the contributors—all students affiliated with the heart for Comparative stories of historic Societies in Paris—apply tools from structural anthropology, comparative faith, and philology to a variety of issues: the relation of political strength to sacrificial perform; the Promethean fantasy because the starting place tale of sacrificial perform; representations of sacrifice discovered on Greek vases; the method and anatomy of sacrifice; the interplay of photograph, language, and formality; the location of girls in sacrificial customized and the feminine ritual of the Thesmophoria; the legendary prestige of wolves in Greece and their relation to the sacrifice of domesticated animals; the position and value of food-related ritual in Homer and Hesiod; old Greek perceptions of Scythian sacrificial rites; and remnants of sacrificial ritual in sleek Greek practices.

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