Religion in

REL 490.001
Senior Capstone Seminar: Sacrifice Theory and Practice

Aztec Sacrifice. Post-Conquest Nahua Painting, c. 1560.

Dr. Michael Altman

Office: 205 Manly Hall
Office Hours: M 10-11am
Office Phone: (205)348-7223
Course: M 3:30-5:50
Location: Manly 210




This semester REL 490 will focus on sacrifice. Moving between social theory and case studies we will ask a number of questions. What is a sacrifice? What is the social function of sacrifice? Where can we find sacridice in the modern world? Thus, we will explore sacrifice as theory, practice, and rhetoric. (Required of Majors)


Spring 2017 (PDF)

Books (required)

Bataille, Georges
Theory of Religion
Zone Books, 1992
ISBN: 0942299094

Bloch, Maurice
Prey Into Hunter: The Politics of Religious Experience
Cambridge University Press,1991
ISBN: 0521423120

Hubert, Henri & Marcel Mauss
Sacrifice: Its Nature and Functions
University of Chicago Press, 1981
ISBN: 0226356795

Wilson, Charles Reagan
Baptized in Blood: The Religion of the Lost Cause
University of Georgia Press, 2009
ISBN: 0820334251


Readings from outside of the required texts can be found in REL 490's UA Box.