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  • Print publication year: 2019
  • Online publication date: November 2019

Chapter 3 - Sacrifice and Reciprocity in the Earliest Texts

from Part B - The Earliest Texts

Summary

Chapter 3 describes how there is in the earliest texts of both cultures (Rigveda, Homer, Hesiod) a variety of anthropomorphic deities whose good will is to be elicited by offerings and praise, against a background combination of pastoralism and agriculture, with no money and very little commerce.

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