Ingold, Tim. “From the Master’s Point of View: Hunting is Sacrifice.” Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute. 21.1 (2015): 24-27. EBSCOhost: Anthropology Plus. Web. 10 Sept. 2018.
1) The main point of this article is that domestication, which involved the hunting of animals as prey, is a type of sacrifice. The shift from hunting to pastoralism meant that animals now become under the control of humans and were not the masters of themselves anymore. The article discusses the control that humans harbor over animals and how hunting can be seen as a sacrifice of the animals.
2) This information is relevant to the study of complex societies because domestication of animals can be seen as one of several attributes that form a complex society. It shows us why some societies became mostly hunters and others chose not to and therefore, become pastoralists.
Forth, Gregory. “Heads under Bridges or in Mud: Reflecting on a Southeast Asian ‘Diving Rumor.’ Anthropology Today. 25.6 (2009): 3-6. EBSCOhost: Anthropology Plus. Web. 10 Sept. 2018.
1) The main point of this article is the investigation of a rumor that heads from children are supposedly in mud or underwater. The article says that outsiders such as Europeans were accused of being involved in the rumors, including the author. In the Flores culture, it is said that a head is a source of power.
2) This information is relevant to the study of complex societies as many of them practice human sacrifice. This does not involve the entire human body but it involves a part of it. The head might have a different meaning in other complex societies.