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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: CHAPTER III DEATH AND RESURKECTION Round this kernel of fact -- a divine man and his death -- are grouped the most solemn doctrines of every one of the world's...
Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: CHAPTER III DEATH AND RESURKECTION Round this kernel of fact -- a divine man and his death -- are grouped the most solemn doctrines of every one of the world's religions, and we shall also find that the death, by whatever mode it is supposed to have taken place, has generally been regarded as a sacrifice. This idea of sacrifice seems to lie at the root of all religion. " Every one who reads the Old Testament with attention is struck with the fact that the origin and rationale of sacrifice are nowhere fully explained; that sacrifice is an essential part of religion is taken for granted as something which is not a doctrine peculiar to Israel, but is universally admitted and acted on without as well as within the limits of the chosen people." l Nowhere is the necessity of sacrifice more dwelt on than in the religion of ancient India. "Life in the Brahmanas (Vedas) is a sequence of sacrifices. Sacrifice makes the sun rise andset, and the rivers run this way or that." l The Rig Veda represents the gods as sacrificing Purusha the Primeval (man) coeval with the Creator. The legend is more fully developed in the Tandyi Brahmanas. " The Lord of creatures (Prajapati) offered himself as a sacrifice for the gods."2 "When the gods performed a sacrifice with Purusha as the oblation, the spring was its butter, the summer its fuel, and the autumn its accompanying offering. This victim, Purusha, born in the beginning, they immolated. . . . With him the gods, the Sadhyas, and the Rishis sacrificed. From that universal sacrifice were provided curds and butter. It formed those aerial (creatures) and animals, both wild and tame. From that universal sacrifice sprang the Ric and Saman verses. . . . From it sprang horses and all animals with two rows of teeth; kine sprang from it; from it...
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