Sacrifice in Sisala-Land: A test of an economic hypothesis

This paper explored the possible effects of economic scarcity upon sacrifice amongst the Sisala of northern Ghana. R. Firth, ‘Offering and sacrifice: problems of organization’ (in W.A. Lessa and E.Z. Vogt (eds.), ‘Reader in comparative religion: an anthropological approach’, 1965, 188-9) has raises several important questions with regard to this issue. This paper tests Firsh’s hypothesis: ‘the frequency, amount, and quality of sacrifices in a community are determined primarily not by the type of social structure, nor by the chance events demanding resolution, bu by the availability of material resources of the domestic animal population’. Notes, tables, summary.

Title: Sacrifice in Sisala-Land: A test of an economic hypothesis
Author: Mendonsa, Eugene L.
Year: 1977
Periodical: Savanna: A Journal of the Environmental and Social Sciences
Volume: 6
Issue: 2
Pages: 129-140
Language: English
Geographic term: Ghana
Abstract: This paper explored the possible effects of economic scarcity upon sacrifice amongst the Sisala of northern Ghana. R. Firth, ‘Offering and sacrifice: problems of organization’ (in W.A. Lessa and E.Z. Vogt (eds.), ‘Reader in comparative religion: an anthropological approach’, 1965, 188-9) has raises several important questions with regard to this issue. This paper tests Firsh’s hypothesis: ‘the frequency, amount, and quality of sacrifices in a community are determined primarily not by the type of social structure, nor by the chance events demanding resolution, bu by the availability of material resources of the domestic animal population’. Notes, tables, summary.