Alcohol and Altered States in Ancestor Veneration Rituals of Zhou Dynasty China and Iron Age Palestine: A New Approach to Ancestor Rituals
By: David Edward Armstrong (author)Hardback
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Part 1 Alcohol and religion: towards a working definition of religion; ancestor veneration - a comparative framework for study; trance and altered states of consciousness; alcohol - the pharmacological perspective; alcohol in sociocultural context. Part 2 Alcohol in religious ritual: alcohol and the gods; alcohol in magic, mysticism and myth; sacrifice and offerings to gods, varieties of ritual experiences; alcohol rituals; ancestor veneration and altered states of consciousness. Part 3 The descent of the dead in elite Zhou Chinese religious ritual: elite religious practice in the feudal period; afterlife and corporate family ideology in Zhou China; divination as a prelude to elite ritual; the Shi - personator of the dead; the status of the personator; cultural expectations - normative and ritual uses of alcohol; trance and spirit possession in the role of the personator; conclusion. Part 4 Ancestor veneration in the ancient near east: introduction to a problem; a comparative framework to investigate the cult of the dead in ancient Israel and Judah; afterlife in the ancient near east; Iron Age Palestinian notions of the family as a corporate entity which includes the dead and the living; an understanding that these ancestral spirits require or desire certain activities or benefits which can be provided by the living; understanding that the living need something from the dead; the existence of a mode of communication that can link the living and the dead; conclusion. Part 5 Descent to the dead - alcohol and the ancestors in ancient Palestine: family ideology at Ugarit; the Marzeah in Ugarit; altered states of consciousness and the Marzeah; El's intoxication; El's incontinence; the hby; the Rephaim and the descent to the underworld; the Marzeah as ancestor veneration ritual; the Marzeah in Iron Age Palestine; Marzeah as family commitment; an indirect reference to Marzeah in the Hebrew Bible? - the Baal of Peor; the excremental vision - Isaiah 28; descent to the dead in Iron Age Palestine; conclusion.
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