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The problem of ritual efficacy

Author: William Sturman Sax; Johannes Quack; Jan Weinhold
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2010.
Series: Oxford ritual studies.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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How do rituals work? Although this is one of the first questions that people everywhere ask about rituals, little has been written explicitly on the topic. In The Problem of Ritual Efficacy, nine scholars address this issue, ranging across the fields of history, anthropology, medicine, and biblical studies. For "modern" people, the very notion of ritual efficacy is suspicious because rituals are widely thought of as  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Problem of ritual efficacy.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2010
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: William Sturman Sax; Johannes Quack; Jan Weinhold
ISBN: 9780199742363 0199742367 9780195394405 0195394402
OCLC Number: 536309496
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2011. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (ix, 193 pages) : illustrations.
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: Contributors; 1. Ritual and the Problem of Efficacy; 2. Ritual Healing and the Investiture of the Babylonian King; 3. Jesus and his Followers as Healers: Symbolic Healing in Early Christianity; 4. Healing Rituals in the Mediaeval West; 5. Excommunication in the Middle Ages: A Meta-Ritual and the Many Faces of Its Efficacy; 6. The Work of Zâr: Women and Spirit Possession in Northern Sudan; 7. Ritual Humility in Modern Laboratories: Or, Why Ecuadorian IVF Practitioners Pray; 8. Ritual, Medicine, and the Placebo Response; 9. Bell, Bourdieu, and Wittgenstein on Ritual Sense; Index.
Series Title: Oxford ritual studies.
Responsibility: edited by William S. Sax, Johannes Quack & Jan Weinhold.

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How do rituals work? Although this is one of the first questions that people everywhere ask about rituals, little has been written explicitly on the topic. In The Problem of Ritual Efficacy, nine scholars address this issue, ranging across the fields of history, anthropology, medicine, and biblical studies. For "modern" people, the very notion of ritual efficacy is suspicious because rituals are widely thought of as merely symbolic or expressive, so that - by definition - they cannot be efficacious. Nevertheless people in many cultures assume that rituals do indeed "work,"

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