Journal of Siberian Federal University. Humanities & Social Sciences: Sacrifice in Primitive Religions / Main Features and Peculiarities

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Journal of Siberian Federal University. Humanities & Social Sciences: 2012, Vol. 5, Issue 1
Kuznetsova, Olesya V.
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Kuznetsova, Olesya V. : Ural Federal University , 51 Lenina str., Ekaterinburg, 620083 Russia , e-mail:
Study of religion; sacrifice; archaic sacrifice; surrogate victim; ritual; early religions

In this article we examine the issue of sacrifice in early religions, also called archaic sacrifice, not thoroughly studied in the Russian study of religion. A special stress is put on how specific sacrifice in early religions is and how unproductive it is to study it through the tradition of sacrifice in the Abrahamic religions. The following peculiarities of the primitive sacrifice are shown and analyzed in this article: vague character of the idea of redemption, tendency to have a complicated structure, which manifests itself in a large number of acts, flexibility of dates and venues, and the attitude towards the surrogate victim.

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