This book explores the interaction of rituals and ritualised practices utilising a cross-cultural approach. It discusses whether and why rituals are important today, and why they are possibly even more relevant than before.
Preface. Change and Stability of Rituals: An Introduction Christiane Brosius and Ute H‘sken Part I. Rituals on the Move 1. Staging Ritual Heritage: How Rituals Become Theatre in Uttarakhand, India Karin Polit 2. Initiation, Re-birth and the Emergent Congregation: An Analysis of the Svadhyaya Movement in Western India Anindita Chakrabarti 3. Transferring and Re-transferring Religious Practice: ISKCON between East and West Frank Neubert 4. Marginalised Islam : The Transfer of Rural Rituals into Urban and Pluralist Contexts and the Emergence of Transnational Communities of Practice Robert Langer 5. Sunni Concepts of Ritual Purity in a Contemporary Diaspora Context Udo Simon 6. Old Rituals for New Threats: Possession and Healing in the Cult of Sitala Fabrizio M. Ferrari 7. Transfer of Ritual in a Local Tradition: Some Observations Barbara Schuler Part II. Psychological Aspects of Ritual 8. The Uses of Ritual Sudhir Kakar 9. Dynamic of Emotions and Dynamic of Rituals: Do Emotions Change Ritual Norms? Angelos Chaniotis 10. Rituals of Possession William Sax and Jan Weinhold 11. Regarding Ritual Motivation Matters: Agency Concealed or Revealed Fletcher DuBois, Rolf Verres and Jan Weinhold Part III. Ritual Economy Beyond the Ritual Frame 12. The Power of Ritual in Marriage: A Daughter‘s Wedding in North-west India Tulsi Patel 13. Ritual Economy and South Indian Ritual Practice Ute H‘sken and K.K.A. Venkatachari Part IV. Media and Sensual Dimensions of Ritual Action 14. Ritual Differs: Beyond Fixity and Flexibility in South Indian Hindu Ritual Saskia Kersenboom 15. Wedding Design Online: Transfer and Transformation of Ritual Elements in the Context of Wedding Rituals Kerstin Radde-Antweiler 16. Gender, Generation and the Public Sphere: Islamic Values and Literary Response Susanne Enderwitz 17. On the Re