RELI 065 - (HP) Sex and Death: Sacrifice and Martyrdom
This course examines the role of sacrifice and martyrdom in world religions, both as a real phenomenon and as a symbol. What roles do discourses and practices of sacrifice and martyrdom play in different cultural contexts? How did they arise as an ideal, and why are these ideals so often connected to eroticism? The course may also consider why the religious discourse of sacrifice and martyrdom remains a motivating force in secular societies.
Prerequisite(s)/Course Notes: (Formerly Sex and Death: Perspectives on Martyrdom in the Ancient World.)