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Bibil Identifier bibil:202391
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Food for Thought: Systems of Categorization in Leviticus 11
Author Meshel, Naphtali S.
Journal Harvard Theological Review (Volume: 101, Issue: 2)
Year (Publication) 2008
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2008
Year (Copyright) 2008
Year (Reference) 2008
Year (Second publication) 2008
Language English
Pages 203-229 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract In two interconnected theoretical works published in 1962, Lévi-Strauss argued that the tendency among primitive societies to formulate animal classification systems and to express these systems ritually cannot be explained as a side-effect of social classification, as Durkheim and Mauss had argued, nor can it be explained on the narrow materialistic grounds posited by Radcliffe-Brown and Malinowski. The negative evidence adduced by Lévi-Strauss is empirical: animal classification systems are neither limited to societies in which there exists a fixed correlation between social groups and animal species, nor do they pertain to species that are of significant material or symbolic value to the classifying culture. According to Lévi-Strauss, the ritual expression of the mental act of classification functions like a language, containing “stressed” and “unstressed” elements and aiming to convey theoretical messages.
DOI 10.1017/S0017816008001788
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Animal
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Purity - Impurity
Pericopes Leviticus 11
Deuteronomy 14
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