sacrificer


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a religious person who offers up a sacrifice

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The sacrificers gave something of a spiritual nature to the generative deities and obligated the latter to reciprocate by giving some of their generative potency to the sacrificers.
In the case of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, a number of critics have noted the extent to which the "moral" of the poem resists "any attempts to impose a systematic philosophic system," and Raimonda Modiano has argued that this is the result of the fact that the Mariner is both sacrificer and sacrificed, as well as hunter and hunted.
First there is the tragic picture, attributed to Euripides, of Minos as sacrificer of youths to the Minotaur.
Not surprisingly, rabbinic commentaries not only accept Abraham as a willing, even eager sacrificer, but also agree that when Abraham told his two attendants that he and Isaac would return to them, he did not mean it, but uttered an unwitting (sic) prophecy of what would occur; Rashi on Gen.
Mauss and Hubert insist that the sacrificial victim has no definite character other than a conglomeration of the godhead, the sacrificer and the sacrifier.
All were potentially both sacrificer and victim--the victim accepted his role as victim because he had fought to capture the others as victims" (26).
Sacrifice"--says Girard--"has often been described as an act of mediation between a sacrificer and a 'deity'" (Violence 6).
Thus, sacrificing was seen as a duty and the sacrificer took part in the very event that created and creates both him and his world, and that is him and his world (Gonda 72).
it raised the sacrificer to be overlord of minor kings' (1970: 83).
Brian Smith has noted the importance of the sacrifice or yajna, described as a sturdy vehicle--a bird, a cart, a ship, or a chariot--to carry the sacrificer on the difficult and dangerous journey to the yonder world of the gods, where one can replicate the original sacrificial action of the gods.
Raimonda Modiano remarks that "the Mariner carries a dual identity; he is at once the perpetrator and the victim of a transgression, both guilty and innocent, and in a sacrificial context, both sacrificer and sacrificed.
So, God says to us through the story of the Akedah, mankind must reject equally both of the paradigms that emerged from the Akedah, that is, the paradigms of the sacrificer and the sacrificed, of the persecutor and the persecuted -- and the role of the powerful and intellectual observer who finds difficulty in knowing who is good and who is evil, who is eager to find good and evil in both sides, and reasons and explanation for every act, and can find no solution other than reinventing the pagan-like sacrifice of innocents to make these problems go away.
The same rite is found in Melkula: at the culminating point of the sacrifice the sacrificer spreads his arms to imitate the falcon and sings a chant in honor of the stars.
In case we have missed the larger significance of this tale, a few later passages remind us that all men inherit a debt to death at birth; the sacrificer ransoms himself back to life from death (mrtyor atmarutm niskrinite).
Being at the mercy of life itself, Sunahsepa's ordeal is a model of the human experience, or, as Panikkar wrote in his 1977 anthology The Vedic Experience, "Man is the sacrificer, but also the sacrificed; the Gods, in their role as the primal agents of sacrifice, offer their oblation with Man.