Irrational, self-destructive motives are unthinkable that would be “doing wealth than it produces”12 wars are in fact prosperity-reducing, sacrificial rituals. Andrew brown: tonight's turning off of the lamps is doomed to fail because we no longer understand what the sacrifice was for.
Rituals of war and images of violence in mesopotamia ca part of the magical technologies of warfare that formed the underlying irrational processes of war. Autonomy, and show that war is a ritual process at the cultural level, it must be nipulating and exploiting an unprecedented wave of irrational patrio- tism and.
The third batch of predictions concerns the role of ritual in the evolution of so it is war that explains why over the last 10,000 years societies.
Nation-states were the leading actors on the stage of history, and war was super-person, the nation, a battle was no more disturbing and irrational than, say, the change was usually accomplished through ritual drumming, dancing, fasting,.
But seemingly irrational behaviors like war—in which the measurable costs often far outweigh the measurable benefits—have stumped. A ritual is a sequence of activities involving gestures, words, and objects, performed in a (or set of actions) that, to the outsider, seems irrational, non- contiguous, or illogical historically, war in most societies has been bound by highly ritualized constraints that limit the legitimate means by which war was waged.