The Archetypal Actions of Ritual: A Theory of Ritual Illustrated by the Jain Rite of Worship

The Archetypal Actions of Ritual: A Theory of Ritual Illustrated by the Jain Rite of Worship

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The Archetypal Actions of Ritual: A Theory of Ritual Illustrated by the Jain Rite of Worship by Caroline Humphrey, James Laidlaw

Humphrey and Laidlaw present a new and radical general theory of ritual by drawing on an ethnographically rich account of the ritual worship of the Jains of western India. Ritual, they argue, is not a logically separate type of activity, but rather a quality that can be attributed to a wide range of everyday activities. In exploring the issue of what is distinctive about actions which are ritualized, this book makes an ambitious and controversial contribution to social and religious anthropology.

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ISBN-13: 9780198277880
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 12/15/1994
Series: Oxford Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology Series
Pages: 312
Product dimensions: 5.63(w) x 8.75(h) x 0.92(d)

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