REVIEWS Stephanie W. Jamison, The Ravenous Hyenas and the Wounded Sun. Myth and Ritual in Ancient India , Cornell University Press, Ithaca and London, 1991. 335 pp. This book deals with two myths which should illustrate the interrela- tionship of Vedic myth and ritual. Not being a specialist in either of the two fields, let alone in religious studies in general, the author tries to keep on the safe side and refrains from theorizing on the two central concepts and their relation. In a note on p. 1 she only states that it is probably useful for the reader to know what I mean by these terms. For purposes of this work, a myth is a story/narrative that involves divine or semidivine figures as major (but not necessarily the only) participants. Ritual is patterned and repeated religious observance that involves physical activity and the manipulation of objects as well as words. It is true that debates on definitions are mostly not quite helpful, since, if one wants to cover all aspects by one general definition, the result tends to become a meaningless generalisation (as is here also the case). As soon as we try to dive more deeply
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