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Ritual : Perspectives and Dimensions.

Author: Catherine Bell
Publisher: Cary : Oxford University Press, 1997.
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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 thatqualify as ritual and their many contradictory yet, in many ways, equally legitimate interpretations, ritual seems to elude any  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Bell, Catherine.
Ritual : Perspectives and Dimensions.
Cary : Oxford University Press, ©1997
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Catherine Bell
ISBN: 9781602566446 1602566445
OCLC Number: 935260820
Description: 1 online resource (368 pages)
Contents: Part I: Theories: The History of Interpretation; ONE: Myth or Ritual: Questions of Origin and Essence; Early Theories and Theorists; The Myth and Ritual Schools; The Phenomenology of Religions; Psychoanalytic Approaches to Ritual; Profile: Interpreting the Akitu Festival; Conclusion; TWO: Ritual and Society: Questions of Social Function and Structure; Early Theories of Social Solidarity; Functionalism; Neofunctional Systems Analyses; Structuralism; Magic, Religion, and Science; Profile: Interpreting the Mukanda Initiation; Conclusion. THREE: Ritual Symbols, Syntax, and Praxis: Questions of Cultural Meaning and InterpretationSymbolic Systems and Symbolic Action; Linguistics; Performance; Practice; Profile: Interpreting British and Swazi Enthronement Rites; Conclusion; Part II: Rites: The Spectrum of Ritual Activities; FOUR: Basic Genres of Ritual Action; Rites of Passage; Calendrical Rites; Rites of Exchange and Communion; Rites of Affliction; Feasting, Fasting, and Festivals; Political Rites; Conclusion; FIVE: Characteristics of Ritual-like Activities; Formalism; Traditionalism; Invariance; Rule-Governance. Sacral SymbolismPerformance; Conclusion; Part III: Contexts: The Fabric of Ritual Life; SIX: Ritual Density; Systems; Typologies; Orthopraxy and Orthodoxy; Traditional and Secular; Oral and Literate; Church, Sect, and Cult; Conclusion; SEVEN: Ritual Change; Tradition and Transformation; Ritual Invention; Media and Message; Conclusion; EIGHT: Ritual Reification; Repudiating, Returning, Romancing; The Emergence of ""Ritual""; Conclusion; Notes; References; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; Q; R; S; T; U; V; W; X; Y; Z.

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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 thatqualify 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 mostinfluential theories.

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