1st Edition

Understanding Rituals

Edited By

Daniel de Coppet




ISBN 9780415061216
Published November 17, 1992 by Routledge
132 Pages

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Book Description

Understanding Rituals explores how ritual can be understood within the framework of contemporary social anthropology, and shows that ritual is now one of the most fertile fields of anthropological research. The contributors demonstrate how rituals create and maintain - or transform - a society's cultural identity and social relations. By examining specific rituals from various theoretical viewpoints, they reveal the ultimate and contradictory values to which each society as a whole is attached.