In class a week or so ago we were discussing the function of animal sacrifices as part of the rituals of Mediterranean religions. A few students noticed in our readings that the gender of the animal to be sacrificed is specified. They inquired into the reasoning, but Dr. Duptuis and I lacked an insightful response. Today I posted the following onto the class blog to try to "follow up" with them:
Is there more to be said about this? Anyone out there have an article suitable for undergraduates that I could share or one I could read then summarize? If someone out there is knowledgable about this subject I'd be happy to receive any insights you'd like to give me!