Thursday, 12 April 2018
Sacrifice And Resurrection
-Poul Anderson, "The Sharing of Flesh" IN Anderson, Flandry's Legacy (Riverdale, NY, 2012), pp. 661-708 AT p. 704.
Shintoism is, in origin, a neolithic/hunter-gatherer religion whereas Hinduism originated in the Bronze Age. See Divine Names, combox. The Vedic beginnings of Hinduism included a horse sacrifice. Sacrifice was a concept vital to pagans, to Jews and to converts from both traditions to Christianity.
I have suggested elsewhere that Christianity stands at the crossroads between the seasonal, cyclical time of rural communities and the linear, historical time of urban civilizations and therefore historicized the death and resurrection myth. The sacrificial death and resurrection no longer recur annually but occurred once under Pontius Pilate.
Combox discussion of the "Divine Names" post identifies Shintoism as a survival of an even earlier form of religion.
Dominic Flandry addressed his murdered fiancee. Evalyth addresses her murdered husband. Prayer is natural in extremities.