Ritualistic behaviour in THE WICKER MAN: a classical and carnivalesque perspective on the 'true nature of sacrifice'

James, Paula (2006). Ritualistic behaviour in THE WICKER MAN: a classical and carnivalesque perspective on the 'true nature of sacrifice'. In: Franks, Benjamin; Harper, Stephen; Murray, Jonathan and Stevenson, Lesley eds. The Quest for the Wicker Man: history, folklore and Pagan perspectives. Edinburgh: Luath Press, pp. 44–55.

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Looking at classical elements of sacrificial ritual in the film The Wicker Man and how this increases suspense even for those who have worked out the ending during the course of the film - the rich mix of purification, scapegoating and other aspects of ancient and pagan sacrifice add depth to the experience of viewing.

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