(urth) Soldier of Sidon writeup

David Stockhoff dstockhoff at verizon.net
Mon Apr 2 07:05:10 PDT 2018

Yes. I think the fact that war dead can and have been seen as a form of 
sacrifice strengthens the Great Mother's distinction between war and 
worship, especially in Wolfe's hands. Refusing to honor men sacrificed 
in that manner would be---and has been---a major political and religious 

On 4/2/2018 5:13 AM, Ab de Vos wrote:
> Both group-internal violence as in human sacrifice or external 
> violence as in war are both embedded in myth and ritual. Nowadays, 
> propaganda and scapegoating groups of people are comparable to myth. 
> The concept of the sacred was involved in both acts of killing as in 
> holy war (O.T. Israel, Uria the Hittite, Gideon) or even burials 
> (Human sacrifice in graves excavated at Ur). Of course the sacrificial 
> patterns change over time and culture. Even the economy may be viewed 
> as a sacrificial pattern with its own glory (capital), power (money), 
> sacraments (consumptive wealth) and divinity (the invisible hand of 
> the market system). If we take technology into account and the way it 
> is fetishized we have one underlying pattern to both fantasy and 
> science fiction and indeed (modern) culture. Biblical Cain is 
> represented as the father of smiths which may be an example of early 
> culture criticism.

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