Ritual : Perspectives and Dimensions--Revised Edition: Perspectives and Dimensions--Revised Edition (Google eBook)

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Oxford University Press, Nov 30, 2009 - Religion - 368 pages
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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.
  

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User Review  - DeFor - LibraryThing

ALL HUMAN INTERACTION AND UNDERSTANDING IS BASED ON A LOGICAL FALLACY! Read full review

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User Review  - Alex - Goodreads

Good overview, good account of what's at stake. 1997 was a good year for Religious Studies to catch its tail: Bell, in circumscribing the field, provides readers the opportunity to ask what it means ... Read full review

Contents

Theories The History of Interpretation
1
Rites The Spectrum of Ritual Activities
91
Contexts The Fabric of Ritual Life
171
Notes
269

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Former Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies, Santa Clara University

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