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Thicker Than Water: The Origins of Blood as Symbol and ritual

Filling a large gap in the cultural studies of the human body, “Thicker Than Water” illustrates the beliefs and rituals surrounding blood from a range of regional and religious contexts throughout human history. Starting with ancient cave paintings and tracing her way through modern genetic research, Meyer reveals the history of blood’s meaning across cultures from pre-historic times to the present day. Comprehensive in its scope, and provocative in its argument, this book contains…

Thicker Than Water

Pub Date : 2014-02-04 | Author : Melissa Meyer | Publisher : Routledge

ISBN 10 : 9781135342005
ISBN 13 : 1135342008

Blood is more than a fluid solution of cells, platelets and plasma. It is a symbol for the most basic of human concerns--life, death and family find expression in rituals surroundi..


Pub Date : 2014-05-06 | Author : Gil Anidjar | Publisher : Columbia University Press

ISBN 10 : 9780231537254
ISBN 13 : 0231537255

Blood, in Gil Anidjar's argument, maps the singular history of Christianity. A category for historical analysis, blood can be seen through its literal and metaphorical uses as dete..

Black Slaves Indian Masters

Pub Date : 2013-08-01 | Author : Barbara Krauthamer | Publisher : UNC Press Books

ISBN 10 : 9781469607115
ISBN 13 : 1469607115

From the late eighteenth century through the end of the Civil War, Choctaw and Chickasaw Indians bought, sold, and owned Africans and African Americans as slaves, a fact that persi..

Revisiting Race In A Genomic Age

Pub Date : 2008-08 | Author : Barbara A. Koenig | Publisher : Rutgers Univ Pr

ISBN 10 : STANFORD:36105131620911
ISBN 13 :

"With the completion of the sequencing of the human genome in 2001, the debate over the existence of a biological basis for race has been revived. In Revisiting Race in a Genomic A..

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