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Ritual

Author : Catherine Bell
ISBN : 9780199739479
Genre : Social Science
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From handshakes and toasts to chant and genuflection, ritual pervades our social interactions and religious practices. Still, few of us could identify all of our daily and festal ritual behaviors, much less explain them to an outsider. Similarly, because of the variety of activities that qualify as ritual and their many contradictory yet, in many ways, equally legitimate interpretations, ritual seems to elude any systematic historical and comparative scrutiny. In this book, Catherine Bell offers a practical introduction to ritual practice and its study; she surveys the most influential theories of religion and ritual, the major categories of ritual activity, and the key debates that have shaped our understanding of ritualism. Bell refuses to nail down ritual with any one definition or understanding. Instead, her purpose is to reveal how definitions emerge and evolve and to help us become more familiar with the interplay of tradition, exigency, and self-expression that goes into constructing this complex social medium.
Category: Social Science

Ritual Theory Ritual Practice

Author : Catherine Bell
ISBN : 0199760381
Genre : Religion
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Ritual studies today figures as a central element of religious discourse for many scholars around the world. Ritual Theory, Ritual Practice, Catherine Bell's sweeping and seminal work on the subject, helped legitimize the field. In this volume, Bell re-examines the issues, methods, and ramifications of our interest in ritual by concentrating on anthropology, sociology, and the history of religions. Now with a new foreword by Diane Jonte-Pace, Bell's work is a must-read for understanding the evolution of the field of ritual studies and its current state.
Category: Religion

Ritual And Religion In The Making Of Humanity

Author : Roy A. Rappaport
ISBN : 0521296900
Genre : Religion
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Roy Rappaport argues that religion is central to the continuing evolution of life, although it has been been displaced from its original position of intellectual authority by the rise of modern science. His book, which could be construed as in some degree religious as well as about religion, insists that religion can and must be reconciled with science. Combining adaptive and cognitive approaches to the study of humankind, he mounts a comprehensive analysis of religion's evolutionary significance, seeing it as co-extensive with the invention of language and hence of culture as we know it. At the same time he assembles the fullest study yet of religion's main component, ritual, which constructs the conceptions which we take to be religious and has been central in the making of humanity's adaptation. The text amounts to a manual for effective ritual, illustrated by examples drawn from anthropology, history, philosophy, comparative religion, and elsewhere.
Category: Religion

Readings In Ritual Studies

Author : Ronald L. Grimes
ISBN : UVA:X004105426
Genre : Religion
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This is the most comprehensive collection of articles on ritual ever assembled. The book includes selections by internationally known scholars such as Victor Turner and Clifford Geertz, as well as innovative piece s that illustrate the extraordinary interdisciplinary range of contemporary ritual studies. Grimes has drawn readings from the entire range of ritual—encompassing its secular, political and dramatic expressions as well as its religious ones.
Category: Religion

Ritual And Its Consequences

Author : Adam B. Seligman
ISBN : 0195336003
Genre : Religion
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Drawing on examples from many places and times, this work argues for the continuing tension across historical contexts between movements emphasizing ritual and movements emphasizing sincerity. It contends that our contemporary age has, at great risk, downplayed the importance of ritual.
Category: Religion

Myth

Author : Robert Ellwood
ISBN : 9781847062345
Genre : Religion
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An accessible introduction to the complex topic of Myth. Ellwood examines theories, meanings and interpretations, all of which are structured around a typical programme of study.
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Crafting Secular Ritual

Author : Jeltje Gordon-Lennox
ISBN : 9781784503505
Genre : Religion
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Answering the call for new rituals in our secular age, this book recognises the essential importance of rituals to the psychological, physical and spiritual health of individuals, families, organisations, and society as a whole. The book examines and explains the history, function and place of emerging rituals in different cultures, as well as providing practical guidance for creating your own secular rituals. The author includes examples, risk factors and checklists for the stages of planning new rituals for life events such as birth, marriage, and death, as well as for public occasions such as graduation and protest marches.
Category: Religion

Celebrating The Family

Author : Elizabeth Hafkin Pleck
ISBN : 0674002792
Genre : Social Science
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Pleck examines changes in the way Americans celebrate holidays like Christmas or birthdays.
Category: Social Science

Myth And Reality

Author : Mircea Eliade
ISBN : 9781478608615
Genre : Social Science
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An informative guide to the modern mythologies! This classic study, translated from the original French, deals primarily with societies around the world in which myth isor was until very recentlyliving, in the sense that it supplies models for human behavior and, by that very fact, gives meaning and value to life. The author believes that understanding the structure and function of myths in these traditional societies serves to clarify a stage in the history of human thought: myths reveal that the World, man, and life have a supernatural origin and history, and that this history is significant, precious, and exemplary.
Category: Social Science

Ritual Criticism

Author : Ronald L. Grimes
ISBN : UVA:X001825145
Genre : Religion
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Focuses on rituals that are not always explicitly religious in the usual sense.
Category: Religion