Kingship and Sacrifice: Ritual and Society in Ancient Hawaii.

  title={Kingship and Sacrifice: Ritual and Society in Ancient Hawaii.},
  author={Marc L{\'e}opold Benjamin Bloch and Valerio Caldesi Valeri and Paula Wissing},
Valeri presents an overview of Hawaiian religious culture, in which hierarchies of social beings and their actions are mirrored by the cosmological hierarchy of the gods. As the sacrifice is performed, the worshipper is incorporated into the god of his class. Thus he draws on divine power to sustain the social order of which his action is a part, and in which his own place is determined by the degree of his resemblance to his god. The key to Hawaiian society-and a central focus for Valeri-is… Expand
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