Promising Rituals

Promising Rituals

The performance of the evening ritual is completed by a final huḷahuḷi, and then the participants prostrate themselves on the ground. The blessed offerings (bhoga) are distributed among the girls and their family members.

Author: Beatrix Hauser

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781000059229

Category: History

Page: 304

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This book shows how the performance of rituals influences the understanding that Hindu women form of their own selves, their sense of femininity, identity as well as their role and position in the lived-in world, and vice versa. Drawn from an intensive ethnographic fieldwork in southern Orissa, each section of the book takes a close look at a specific ritual practice, in exploring concepts such as purity/pollution, religious observances (such as fasting), deity possession, associated beliefs and attitudes, as also celebrated traditions such as Thākurānī Yātrā, local processions, and the role of female ritual specialists. The study uses the premise that religious practices in themselves are neither restricting nor liberating; rather rituals provide a perceptual context with the ability to affect the self-understanding of participants, as also their conception of agency, in a way that spills across non-ritual spheres. Conceptualizing gender identity as resulting from seen, but mostly unnoticed, everyday activities and approaching cultural performances as sites of collectively defining the self, the author offers a telling and vivid account of how women perceive, realize and reflect on religious ideas, while engaging in rituals and, by doing so, negotiate complex gender norms. The book also examines the assumptions of recent theories on the social construction of identities, often-debated impact of religion on women, performativity, self-identity, and ritual agency in considering ‘doing’ gender in a traditional, non-Western context. This book will serve as essential reading for scholars of sociology, anthropology, gender studies, cultural studies, history, religion, performance, and folklore studies.
Categories: History

An Encyclopedia of Shamanism Volume 2

An Encyclopedia of Shamanism Volume 2

Ritual Structure elements of the ritual , the structure , must remain the same if the ritual is to be effective and safe . The following are seven general steps that form ... The shaman closes the sacred space completing the ritual .

Author: Christina Pratt

Publisher: The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc

ISBN: 1404211411

Category: Social Science

Page: 368

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Shamanism can be defined as the practice of initiated shamans who are distinguished by their mastery of a range of altered states of consciousness. Shamanism arises from the actions the shaman takes in non-ordinary reality and the results of those actions in ordinary reality. It is not a religion, yet it demands spiritual discipline and personal sacrifice from the mature shaman who seeks the highest stages of mystical development.
Categories: Social Science

Divine Secrets and Human Imaginations

Divine Secrets and Human Imaginations

The repatriation procession of the Babylonian gods is therefore to be understood as a kind of extended washing-of-the-mouth ritual. Esarhaddon did not intend to perform the same (complete) ritual twice; since a complete ...

Author: Angelika Berlejung

Publisher: Mohr Siebeck

ISBN: 9783161600340

Category: Religion

Page: 694

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The articles in this volume of collected essays, written over the last two decades and all revised, updated, and supplemented with unpublished material, are grouped around two themes: Divine Secrets and Human Imaginations. The first essays deal with the production, initiation, use and function, the abduction, repatriation, and the replacement of divine images, their outer appearance, and the many facets of the divine presence theology in Ancient Mesopotamia. The essays on the second topic deal with human imaginations, human constructs, and constructed memories, which assign meaning to the past or to things or experiences that are beyond human control. Thematically, several aspects of the human condition are examined, such as the ideas associated in the Old Testament and the Ancient Near East with death, corporeality, enemies, disasters, utopias, and passionate love.
Categories: Religion

Voices of the Ritual

Voices of the Ritual

When the parochet was finally completed, it was decided to dedicate it on Nava's twenty-first birthday, the eleventh day of Adar (Thursday, March 4, 2004). This was still within the year of mourning. That year, Purim was on the ...

Author: Nurit Stadler

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780197501320

Category: Religion

Page: 240

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Voices of the Ritual analyzes the revival of rituals performed at female saint shrines in the Middle East. In the midst of turbulent political contention over land and borders, Nurit Stadler shows, religious minorities lay claim to space through rituals enacted at sacred spaces in the Holy Land. Using ethnographic analysis, Stadler explores the rise of these rituals, their focus on the body, female materiality, and their place in the Israeli-Palestinian landscape. Stadler examines the varied features of the practice and implications of the rituals, looking at themes of femininity and material experience. She considers the role of the body in rituals that represent the act of birth or the circle of life and that aim to foster an intimate connection between the female saint and her worshippers. Stadler underscores the political, cultural, and spatial elements of this practice, bringing attention to how religious minorities (Jews, Christians, Muslims, and Druze, among others) have utilized these rituals to assert their right to the land. Voices of the Ritual offers a valuable assessment of religious ritual practice that encrypts female themes into a landscape that has historically been defined by war and conflict.
Categories: Religion

Wicca A Modern Practitioner s Guide

Wicca  A Modern Practitioner s Guide

For example, “Imbolc Ritual” is pretty selfevident, but a ritual named “Prosperity Ritual” might require a little more information, such as the circumstances requiring such a ritual to be performed. • A complete list of the tools and ...

Author: Arin Murphy-Hiscock

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781507210758

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 288

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Go beyond the basics of witchcraft and take your study of wicca to the next level: everything you need to know to have a deeper understanding of wicca, its teachings, and the meaning behind its rituals and practices. You’ve bought your crystals and cast your basic spells, planted your herb garden and smudged your home—now what? Wicca: A Modern Practitioner’s Guide takes you beyond the trendy witchy basics to the deeper roots the practice, with explanations of the traditions, beliefs, and rituals that make up the wiccan religion. Learn about Solitary Wicca, which teaches you how to practice wicca—whether you work with a coven or practice alone—and goes beyond the “how” of different practices to explore the “why”: for example, when should you create a sacred space rather than cast a circle? How and why do you purify yourself before a ritual? What is grounding, and why is it important for you to ground yourself before doing spellwork? For those who seek them, Wicca has all the answers.
Categories: Body, Mind & Spirit

Annual Convention

Annual Convention

... Rabbi Lewinthal offered the following substitute for the first recommendation of the Ritual Report : The Committee on Ritual having completed their labors and presented to us not only a plan and a suggestion , but a complete book of ...

Author: Central Conference of American Rabbis

Publisher:

ISBN: OSU:32435052309234

Category: Jews

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Categories: Jews

Yearbook of the Central Conference of American Rabbis

Yearbook of the Central Conference of American Rabbis

... Rabbi Lewinthal offered the following substitute for the first recommendation of the Ritual Report : “ The Committee on Ritual having completed their labors and presented to us not only a plan and a suggestion , but a complete hook ...

Author: Central Conference of American Rabbis

Publisher:

ISBN: HARVARD:32044016992745

Category: Jews

Page:

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Containing the proceedings of the convention ...
Categories: Jews

Year Book of the Central Conference of American Rabbis

Year Book of the Central Conference of American Rabbis

... Rabbi Lewinthal offered the following substitute for the first recommendation of the Ritual Report : “ The Committee on Ritual having completed their labors and presented to us not only a plan and a suggestion , but a complete book ...

Author: Central Conference of American Rabbis

Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105012233933

Category: Jews

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Containing the proceedings of the convention...
Categories: Jews

Sherpas Through Their Rituals

Sherpas Through Their Rituals

29 In light of the point that this ritual is recognized to be somewhat defiant of orthodoxy , it may not be insignificant that the peshangba , representing the ordinary lay people , take the cymbals away from the lamas , and complete ...

Author: Sherry B. Ortner

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521292166

Category: Religion

Page: 195

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Professor Ortner examines the Sherpas of the Himalayas.
Categories: Religion

Yearbook

Yearbook

... Rabbi Lewinthal offered the following substitute for the first recommendation of the Ritual Report : The Committee on Ritual having completed their labors and presented to us not only a plan and a suggestion , but a complete book of ...

Author: Central Conference of American Rabbis

Publisher:

ISBN: UIUC:30112004070683

Category: Reform Judaism

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Contains proceedings of annual conventions.
Categories: Reform Judaism