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Ritual : perspectives and dimensions

Catherine M. Bell 1953-

Rev. ed.. 2009

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  • Title:
    Ritual : perspectives and dimensions
  • Author: Catherine M. Bell 1953-
  • Description: Part I: Theories: The History of Interpretation; ONE: Myth or Ritual: Questions of Origin and Essence; TWO: Ritual and Society: Questions of Social Function and Structure; THREE: Ritual Symbols, Syntax, and Praxis: Questions of Cultural Meaning and Interpretation; Part II: Rites: The Spectrum of Ritual Activities; FOUR: Basic Genres of Ritual Action; FIVE: Characteristics of Ritual-like Activities; Part III: Contexts: The Fabric of Ritual Life; SIX: Ritual Density; SEVEN: Ritual Change; EIGHT: Ritual Reification; Notes; References; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O
    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 theorie
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, USA
  • Format: 1 online resource (368 p.).
  • Identifier: ISBN 9780199739479
  • Subjects: Ritual; Religion
  • Language: English
  • Source: 01DAL UDM ALMA

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