Rules, Rewards, and Experts

F. S. Naiden

in Smoke Signals for the Gods

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199916405
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980277 | DOI:
Rules, Rewards, and Experts

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The need to gain a god’s approval leads to the formulation of unwritten and written rules, and to the worshipper often entrusting sacrifice to those with expertise in the ritual, especially priests and magistrates. Delegation of authority, in turn, leads to rewards for those who perform well and to legal punishment for those who do not; it reinforces but controls priestly and official authority. These principles apply to communal, group, and individual sacrifices.

Keywords: priests; regulations; delegation of authority

Chapter.  21387 words. 

Subjects: Religion in the Ancient World

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