Zoroastrian Rituals in Context

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Michael Stausberg
BRILL - Religion - 737 pages
Rituals, it is agreed, play a prominent role in Zoroastrianism, one of the oldest continuous traditions of mankind. In this book, scholars from a broad range of disciplines make the first ever collective effort to address this issue. From a historical and geographical perspective, texts and contexts studied in these pages range from antiquity to modernity, all the way from Japan, China, India, Iran, Europe to California. The essays touch on questions of theory, ritual texts, change and performances, gender and professional religion (priesthood/lay-people). The rituals studied are placed in a broad scope of social and local settings ranging from the royal court to the needy, from the rural village to the urban metropolis, from the domestic to the public.
 

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Contents

Contextualizing the Contexts On the Study
1
Sequenzierung von Riten und die Ordnung der Rituale
57
Initiations in Theory and in Zoroastrianism
77
MetaTheoretical Parameters for the Analysis and Comparison
99
The Art of Ritual in a Comparative Context
137
Bruch und Kontinuität in Todesritualen Beobachtungen
153
Cosmology and Sacred
173
Aspects of the Interiorization of the Sacrifice in
233
Ritual Community Meals in Ancient Iranian Religion
367
To Praise the Souls of the Deceased and the Immortal Spirits
389
The Bājdharnā Drön Yašt and its Place
403
Fires and the Establishment of ataş bahrāms in
425
A Reconstitutive Ritual of Recital
443
Prejudice vs Reality Zoroastrians and their Rituals
461
Manekji on the ReligiousRitual Practices of the Iranian
481
Zarathustra der Priester und Prophet in der Lehre
517

On Yasna 48 10
253
Les précautions rituelles et la triade du comportement
283
On the Ritual Significance of the Yasna Haptanhãiti
291
Ritual and Rituals in the Nérangestān
317
The Yasna Ritual in Pahlavi Literature
333
Reflections on Sasanian Court Rituals
345
Sofreh Rituals
531
Zarathustrische
547
The Spectrum
563
Archaeological Evidence of Zoroastrian Funerary Practices
593
Kontinuität und Wandel in den Ritualen der iranischen
631
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