Rituals of Royalty: Power and Ceremonial in Traditional Societies
Heads of state today mark their rites of passage with splendid ceremonial, from Reagan's inaugural to Andropov's funeral. Such spectacles continue to be a prominent part of modern political systems, of varied ideological hue, but their precise meaning and importance often remain unclear. These specially commissioned essays address the central problem in the understanding of royal rituals, the relation between power and ceremonial. These contributions, from historians and anthropologists, examine a wide range of societies.
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Usurpation conquest and ceremonial from Babylon to Persia
From noble funerals to divine cult the consecration of Roman Emperors
The construction of court ritual the Byzantine Book of Ceremonies
The Lords anointed and the peoples choice Carolingian royal ritual
Bureaucrats and cosmology the ritual code of Tang China
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Akuapem Akuropon ancestors Ankobea Annales Bertiniani anointing apotheosis Assurbanipal Augustus Averil Cameron Babylon Babylonian Black Stools blessing body Book of Ceremonies Brahman Byzantine Byzantium Caesar Campus Martius Carolingian celebrated Charlemagne Charles Charles the Bald Christian church Confucian consecration Constantine VII context court CTS ch cult Cyrus death deities destoolment divine divus dynasty eighth century Einhard emperor empire festival Frankish Franks gifts of land gods heaven hierarchy History honours Hsiian tsung imperial funerals imperial ritual programme important king king's kingdom kingship London Louis the Pious Marduk medieval Merina Merovingian mohar raja Nabonidus Nepal offered official palace period person Pertinax political priest pyre realm recipient reign religious gifts rites ritual code role Roman Rome royal bath royal ritual ruler sacrifices samvat Sargon II scholars senate social society status symbolic T'ang Tang Taoism temple tenurial THY ch tomb TTch TTKYL ch Vazimba vols