Read the reading and answer the three following questions. 500 words for each question.
1.What does Jonathan Z. Smith mean when he says that “ritual is ‘no big deal’”? What are the implications of this assessment for analysis of sacrifice and the study of religion, more generally?
2.Sacrifice has, to a large degree, been replaced in many religious/cultural landscapes. What are two of the “strategies” that have been used to replace sacrifice? (Be as culturally specific as possible).
3.What does the phrase “mode of production” mean? Describe how this term is useful in considering belief and practice in at least two cultural systems that we have studied. (Be as specific as possible).