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.
|Publisher:||Oxford University Press, USA|
|Series:||Oxford Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology Series|
|Product dimensions:||5.63(w) x 8.75(h) x 0.92(d)|