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The Burning Saints : Cognition and Culture in the Fire-walking Rituals of the Anastenaria

Author: Dēmētrēs Xygalatas
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2014.
Series: Religion, cognition and culture.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The Anastenaria are Orthodox Christians in Northern Greece who observe a unique annual ritual cycle focused on two festivals, dedicated to Saint Constantine and Saint Helen. The festivals involve processions, music, dancing, animal sacrifices, and culminate in an electrifying fire-walking ritual. Carrying the sacred icons of the saints, participants dance over hot coals as the saint moves them. ''The Burning  Read more...
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Xygalatas, Dimitris.
Burning Saints : Cognition and Culture in the Fire-walking Rituals of the Anastenaria.
Hoboken : Taylor and Francis, ©2014
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Dēmētrēs Xygalatas
ISBN: 9781317543756 1317543750 9781317543749 1317543742 9781317543732 1317543734
OCLC Number: 893333311
Notes: "First published 2012 by Equinox Publishing Ltd., an imprint of Acumen."
Description: 1 online resource (266 pages).
Contents: Cover; Half Title; Title Page; Copyright Page; Dedication; Table of Contents; List of illustrations; Acknowledgements; 1. Introduction; 2. Tradition in the making; 3. The ethnographic setting; 4. Fire- walking in Agia Eleni; 5. Knowledge and revelation among the Anastenaria; 6. Ritual and mind; 7. Costly rituals; 8. Arousal, emotion and motivation; 9. The physiology of high-arousal rituals; 10. Putting it all together; Notes; Bibliography; Index.
Series Title: Religion, cognition and culture.
Responsibility: Dimitris Xygalatas.

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Based on long-term fieldwork, 'The Burning Saints' traces the historical development and sociocultural context of the Greek fire-walking rituals.  Read more...

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