1st Edition

Liberating Rites
Understanding the Transformative Power of Ritual

ISBN 9780429040313
Published March 13, 2019 by Routledge
270 Pages

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Book Description

This book shows how necessary ritual is to human freedom and to social processes of liberation. It aims to reflect upon the deep human longing for ritual and to interpret it in the light of our physical, social, political, sexual, moral, aesthetic, and religious existence.

Table of Contents

Also by Tom F. Driver -- Preface -- Ritual Pathways -- Introduction -- Ritualizing: The Animals Do It and So Do We -- Modern Warfare: The Loss of Ritual Pathways -- Priest and Shaman: Two Pathways of Religious Ritual -- Modalities of Performance -- Ritual, Theater, and Sacrifice -- Ritual's Two Siblings: Performance in the Confessional and the Ethical Modes -- Ritual's Social Gifts -- Order -- Community -- Transformation -- Conclusion -- Christian Sacraments as the Performance of Freedom -- Appendixes

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