The Orifice as Sacrificial Site
Culture, Organization and the Body


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The Orifice as Sacrificial Site
Culture, Organization and the Body

by James A. Aho (Author)



ISBN: 9780202306735


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"Dirty things", the entryways and exits of our bodies, as well as their exuviae and influents, have been perennial objects of devotion. This work explores cross-cultural documents to characterize "orificial regimes", in ancient Judaism, early Christianity, Brahmanism, and Tantrism.

In so doing, he is able to show how primitive orificial concerns still resonate today in modern hearts, and how today's worldwide "culture wars" have been prefigured time and again, everywhere across the globe. His new book challenges and unsettles conventional truisms about the body openings, what goes into them and what comes out. It shows how the "dirtiests" of things are also in many ways the most dear, and it recalls the work of the early classic sociologists who made similar connections between past and present, periphery and center.


ISBN 202306739
ISBN13 9780202306735
Publisher AldineTransaction
Format Hardback
Publication date 30/09/2002
Pages xii,165
Weight (grammes) 445
Published in United States
Height (mm) 230
Width (mm) 150