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Journal of Religion and Violence

Volume 2, Issue 3, 2014

Laerke Recht
Pages 403-432
DOI: 10.5840/jrv20153101

Symbolic Order
Liminality and Simulation in Human Sacrifice in the Bronze-Age Aegean and Near East

This paper examines engagement with live and dead human bodies through rituals involving human sacrifice in the ancient Aegean and Near East. After a review of the most significant archaeological contexts, properties of liminality and the manipulation of human remains for various types of staging are discussed.

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