Fletcher 1999, 18 who thinks that she is a real picture staring at her sacrificers
, but also victimized; Scodel 1996, 117, cf.
11 Put differently, a metaphysical language of pursuit and determination posits a metaphysical goal transcending rational or ethical calculation, blurring the difference between the sacrificer
whose life is enhanced and the sacrificed whose life is taken away.
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
First there is the tragic picture, attributed to Euripides, of Minos as sacrificer
of youths to the Minotaur.
Clearly, if there are mediators between humans and God, such as the Sufi and Bektashi master (murshid), for instance, or a priest or sacrificer
, they act as representatives of the secular congregation and place themselves on a higher plane than the latter But in a position of inferiority with respect to the deity.
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.
The mutual embrace of violence by sacrificer
and sacrificed enhances its value and reaffirms the society's commitment to the principle of Evil.
Mauss and Hubert insist that the sacrificial victim has no definite character other than a conglomeration of the godhead, the sacrificer
and the sacrifier.
Dispossessed of Annabella's heart, Giovanni initiates a sacrificial rite in which he is both the sacrificer
and the angry god who must be placated with a gift.
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).
But sacrifice, writes Graulich, also afforded atonement to the Aztec sacrificer
As the final verse indicates, Christ's offering is fragrant because he is both sacrificed and sacrificer