Re: [sl] Digest Number 172
- Hi Ambrose, long time no talk. How are things?
> Chris wrote:The animal that is about to die for the food and good of the tribe
> Sacrifice originally appears in the context of the
> Paleolithic hunters with their animal-inspired mythologies.
> Well, that's one theory ... in the absence of a reliable
> time machine, however, I'd be a lot more comfortable with
> that statement if it included the words "might", "maybe" and
> so forth.
is a troubling aspect in the history of mythology. Killing to live. To
alleviate this guilt a mythology emerged where the hunters
agreed to remember the animal about to die, to not disrespect it
and to live with the rest of its family members. Think Lascaux.
Obviously this says more about us than it does about the animal
kingdom but, then, what doesn't?
If you re-think the sacrifice I spoke of above in terms of the
hunting magic I just described, do you still feel I should include
"might" and "maybe"?