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In common understanding, but also in scholarly discourse, ritual has been long viewed as an undisputed and indisputable part of (especially religious) tradition, performed over and over in the same ways: stable in form, meaningless, preconcieved, and with the aim of creating harmony and enabling a tradition's survival. The authors represented in this collection argue, however, that these assumptions can be seriously challenged.

Not only are rituals frequently disputed, they also constitute a field in which vital and sometimes even violent negotiations take place. Negotiations - here understood as processes of interaction during which differing positions are debated and/or acted out - are ubiquitous in ritual contexts, either in relation to the ritual itself, or in relation to the realm beyond any given ritual performance. The authors contend that a central feature of ritual is its embeddedness in negotiation processes and that life beyond the ritual frame often is negotiated in the field of rituals. This point of view opens up fruitful new perspectives on ritual procedures, on the interactions that constitute these procedures, and on the contexts in which they are embedded. By explicitly addressing and theorizing the relevance of negotiation in the world of ritual, the essays in this volume seek to persuade scholars and students alike to think differently and to find new starting points for more nuanced discussions.

About the Author

UH: Professor of Sanskrit, University of Oslo and co-editor of the Oxford Ritual Studies series; FN: Assistant Professor of Religion, Universität Bern

Table of Contents

Introduction

Ute Hüsken and Frank Neubert

PART ONE - SHARING A WORLD

1. Negotiating Karma: Penance in Classical Indian Law Books

Mikael Aktor

2. Negotiations at Death: Assessing Gifts, Mothers and Marriages

Erik de Maaker

3. "The Clitoris Is Indeed Your Sweet": Negotiating Gender Roles in the Ritual Setting of the Swahili New Year's Festival

Magnus Echtler

4. Ritual Negotiations in Lutherland

Barry Stephenson

5. Negotiating Rites in Imperial China: The Case of Northern Song Court Ritual Debates from 1034 to 1093

Christian Meyer

PART TWO - GETTING IT STRAIGHT

6. Performing the Ancient Ones: The Body-in-practice as the Ground of Ritual Negotiation

Nikki Bado

7. Negotiating Tantra and Veda in the Parasurama-Kalpa Tradition

Annette Wilke

8. Same-Sex Weddings in Canada: Rituals of Resistance or Rituals of Conformity?

Shari Lash

9. The Social Element of Visionary Revelation: Public Rites as a Means of Negotiating Authenticity in Tibetan Buddhist Visionary Lineages

Amy Holmes-Tagchungdarpa

10. Negotiating Ritual Repair: The prayascitta Material in the Baudhayana Srauta Sutra

Kathryn McClymond

PART THREE - MEANINGS AND VALUES OF RITUAL

11. Hook-Swinging in South India: Negotiating the Subaltern Space within a Colonial Society

Ulrike Schröder

12. Negotiating Meaning and Enactment in a Buddhist Ritual

Patricia Q. Campbell

13. Ordination into the Buddhist Sangha as an Initiation Ritual and as a Legal Procedure

Ute Hüsken and Petra Kieffer-Pülz

14. Negotiating the Social in the Ritual Theory of Victor Turner and Roy Rappaport

Grant Potts

Product Details

ISBN:
9780199812318
Author:
Husken, Ute
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
Frank Neubert
Author:
Frank Neubert
Subject:
Comparative Religion
Subject:
Religion
Subject:
Theology | Symbol, Ritual
Subject:
Practice
Subject:
Religion & Theology | Symbol, Ritual & Practice
Subject:
Religion Comparative-General
Publication Date:
20111131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
312
Dimensions:
6.1 x 9.2 x 0.9 in 1 lb

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