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Negotiating Rites

ISBN : 9780199812318

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Author: 
Ute Husken; Frank Neubert
Pages
312 Pages
Format
Paperback
Size
156 x 234 mm
Pub date
Nov 2011
Series
Oxford Ritual Studies
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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.

Index: 

Introduction
Ute Husken 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 Schroder
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 Husken and Petra Kieffer-Pulz
14. Negotiating the Social in the Ritual Theory of Victor Turner and Roy Rappaport
Grant Potts

About the author: 

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

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